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Use Your Browser
In order find out how to access Linksys router settings, you will first need to connect the router to your computer or network. Follow the instructions included with your Linksys router in order to make sure it is properly connected. You can find some steps that will help you through this process in the Bright Hub tutorial, How to Set Up a Wireless Network in Your Home.
Once you have the Linksys router connected to your computer, open up your favorite web browser, such as Internet Explorer or Firefox. In the address bar, type 192.168.1.1, which is the router's IP address, and press Enter.
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User Name and Password
A dialog box will open asking you for your user name and password. If this is the first time the router settings have been accessed, try leaving the fields blank and clicking OK to access the Linksys router settings page. If doing so does not give you access, check the manual that accompanied your Linksys router for the initial user name and password. Typically, the user name will be admin and the password will simply be password. After entering the user name and password, click OK to be taken to the Linskys router settings page.
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Set Up Passwords
Now that you know how to access Linksys router settings, the first thing you should do is change the router's password. This will prevent unauthorized users from accessing the router settings. To do so, go to the Administration tab at the top of the router settings page, and then click Router Password in the left pane of the router settings page.
If you are using a wireless Linksys router, you are also recommended to create a security key to keep neighbors and hackers from accessing the Internet using your Linksys router and network connections. To do so, click the Wireless tab at the top of the router settings page, and then click Wireless Security in the left pane of the page. In the Personal Key field, enter a password or key that you will be able to remember. It should also be one that outsiders will not easily decipher. To learn more about securing your wireless network, read WEP, WPA, and WPS - Which to Use?
You can access other router settings from the Linksys router settings page by clicking the appropriate tabs at the top of the page. Refer to your Linksys manual for more advanced setup instructions.