Overview of the Wireless Tool in Linksys Smart Wi-Fi

The Wireless Tool on Linksys Smart Wi-Fi allows you to configure and manage the wireless security settings of your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router from anywhere you are.  The settings that you will specify here are what you need to connect to your wireless network.


Why do you need it?
The Wireless Tool lets you gain access and control over the following wireless security tabs.  Choose whichever is applicable in your network setup.

MAC Filtering
Wi-Fi Protected Setup™



The Wireless tab contains the basic wireless settings that you can specify or modify to protect your wireless network.  Changing the wireless security settings has been made much easier and convenient as you can update or change them remotely using your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account.  For video instructions on how to change the wireless security settings of your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router using your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account, click here.

On this page, you will be able to edit your router’s wireless radios which are the 2.4 GHz network and the 5.0 GHz network.  On each network, you can set or modify the following basic wireless settings:

  • Network Name (SSID) - Your wireless network's name.  This is the name that appears on the list of available wireless networks on your wireless computer or device.
  • Password - Your wireless network's password, sometimes called as security key.  This is required when connecting computers or devices to your wireless network.  It prevents intruders and other unwanted users from accessing your wireless network.

NOTE:  The Password is case-sensitive.

  • Network Mode - This is the wireless standard that your network supports.

NOTE:  Choose the standard that works for all of your devices in the network.

  • Security Mode - This is the wireless security type.  This also determines the kind of encryption that your network will be using.  The available options are on the drop-down list.  Each device in your network must use the same security mode so that they can all connect to the router.
  • Channel Width - For best performance in a network using Wireless-B, Wireless-G and Wireless-N (2.4 GHz) devices, select Auto (20 MHz or 40 MHz).  For a channel width of 20 MHz, select 20 MHz only.
  • Channel - Select the channel for Wireless-B, Wireless-G, or Wireless-N networking.  If you're not sure which one to use, choose Auto.

Now that you’re familiar with these settings, you can now set up or change the wireless security settings of your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router using your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account.  For instructions, click here.

MAC Filtering


MAC Filtering allows you to filter wireless users by the MAC addresses of their computers or devices.  You can either allow or deny specific MAC addresses to access your network.  You can use this option to protect your network if you do not want to key in a wireless security password once you connect to your network.  However, if you prefer to key in a password while the MAC Filter is ON, you can have both security features enabled.

NOTE:  If you enable this option, Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) will be disabled.

To configure wireless MAC Filter using your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account, click here to learn how.

Wi-Fi Protected Setup™


Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) makes it easy to add devices to your wireless network without having to enter a wireless network name (SSID) and a password.  To use Wi-Fi Protected Setup™, the wireless device you want to connect must support this functionality.  Refer to your device’s documentation if it is specified to support WPS then you can proceed with this setup.

QUICK TIP:  For instructions on how to connect devices using Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) in your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account, click here.

You should now be able to determine which wireless security setting you want to define for your network.

NOTE:  The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi comes with other Security Tools such as Parental Controls and Guest Access.  To learn more about these, check the following:

Overview of the Parental Controls Tool in Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account
Overview of the Guest Access Tool in Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account

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