This article will show you how to perform basic wireless setup in order to enable wireless communication between your wireless computers located on your home/office network. This article is designed for CCNA students, network engineers, and anyone looking to do basic wireless setup on a Linksys router. This article falls under the CCNA syllabus’s objective “Explain and select the appropriate administrative tasks required for a WLAN”.
To start configuring wireless settings, you can open the Basic Wireless Settings screen, which is located under the Wireless tab. This screen allows you to set these parameters:
* Wireless network mode: allows you to select the wireless standards running on your home network.
* Wireless Network Name (SSID): allows you to enter a name for your wireless network. SSID or Service Set IDentifier is a string used to identify your wireless network. You can use it as a secret key in order to connect to your wireless network.
* Wireless Channel: allows you to select the appropriate channel for your wireless network. Wireless interfaces communicate with each other using radio frequency signals in the band between 2.4 GHz and 2.5 GHz.
* Wireless SSID Broadcast: allows the broadcasting of your SSID in order to help your network users find your wireless network easily. You can also disable this behavior whenever you want.
The following steps describe how to configure your Linksys router in order to enable wireless communication on your network:
Step 1: Open your favorite web browser application, and enter the IP address 192.168.1.1 in the address field. Then press Enter.
Step 2: In the authentication dialog box, enter the administrator’s username and password. The default values are admin/admin for the username/password. However, on some Linksys router platforms, the default value for the username is the blank and for the password is admin.
Step 3: Open the Wireless tab.
Step 4: In the Wireless Network Mode drop-down menu, select Mixed if your have both 802.11g and 802.11n wireless devices. If not, then select either G-Only or N-Only depending on the wireless standard used on your network.
Step 5: Enter a name for your network. Your network users will use the SSID to recognize your wireless network whenever they survey the local area for wireless networks. The default value for this parameter is linksys.
Step 6: Select your wireless channel.
Step 7: Select Enable in order to broadcast your SSID or Disable if you want to disable this behavior.
Step 8: Click Save Settings in order to save your configuration.
Click here for more information about Linksys router setup. These tutorials are also useful for people studying to pass the CCNA certification exam.