Identifying the Advanced Wireless Settings of a Linksys Router

The Advanced Wireless Settings on a Linksys Wireless router allows you to customize different options and optimize your wireless network’s performance. Linksys, however, DOES NOT recommend changing the advance wireless settings of the router. The current settings have been configured to optimize the router's wireless performance.

Accessing the Advanced Wireless Settings

Step 1:
Access the router’s web-based setup page. For instructions, click here.

Step 2:
When the router’s web-based set-up page appears, click the Wireless tab then click Advanced Wireless Settings.

Step 3:
The Advanced Wireless Settings window should appear. Here are some details:

  • Authentication Type
    The default is set to Auto, which allows either Open System or Shared Key authentication to be used. For Open System authentication, the sender and the recipient do not use a network key (wireless password) for authentication. For Shared Key authentication, the sender and recipient use a network key for authentication. If you want to use only a Shared Key authentication, select Shared Key.
  • Basic Rate   
    The basic transfer rates should be set according to the speed of your wireless network and the value is set to Default. Depending on the wireless mode you have selected, a default set of supported data rates will be selected. The default setting will ensure maximum compatibility with all devices. You may also choose to enable all data rates by selecting All. For compatibility with products older than Wireless-B devices, select 1-2Mbps.
  • Transmission Rate 
    The default setting is Auto. The rate of data transmission should be set depending on the speed of your wireless network. You can select from a range of transmission speeds or keep the default setting, Auto. This will automatically prompt the router to use the fastest possible data rate and enable the Auto-Fallback feature. Auto-Fallback will negotiate the best possible connection speed between the router and a wireless client.
  • CTS Protection       
    The default value is set to Disabled. When set to Auto, a protection mechanism will ensure that your Wireless-B devices will connect to the Wireless-G Router when many Wireless-G devices are present. However, the efficiency of your Wireless-G devices may be decreased.
  • Frame Burst
    Allows packet or information bursting which will increase overall network speed.
  • Beacon Interval     
    This value indicates the frequency interval of the beacon. A beacon is a packet broadcast by the router to keep the network synchronized.
  • DTIM Interval        
    This value indicates the interval of the Delivery Traffic Indication Message (DTIM). A DTIM field is a countdown field informing PC’s in the network of the next window for listening to broadcast and multicast messages. The default value is set to one.
  • Fragmentation Threshold
    This value indicates how much of the router's resources are devoted to recovering packet errors. The default value is 2347 and should remain as such unless you encounter inconsistent data flow. In the event you encounter inconsistent data, only minor modifications are recommended.
  • RTS Threshold        
    This value should remain at its default settings of 2346. Should you encounter inconsistent data flow, only minor modifications are recommended.
  • AP Isolation 
    This creates a separate virtual network for your wireless network. When this feature is enabled, each of your wireless clients will be in its own virtual network and will not be able to communicate with each other. You may want to utilize this feature if you have many guests that frequent your wireless network.
  • Secure Easy Setup 
    This will allow you to enable or disable the SES button on the front panel of the router. The SES button allows the user to automatically configure the SSID (network name) and wireless security (WPA) of the router. This feature has Enable as its default setting.

    NOTE: The features may vary depending on the model number of your router.


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