Linksys Wi-Fi Routers use the Wireless-N standard for best performance and security. With it you can connect multiple devices to the wireless network. However, there are instances when you encounter issues while connecting. This article will guide you on how to resolve issues when wirelessly connecting to your Linksys Wi-Fi Routers.
There are a few things to consider in connecting to your router:
To establish a Wi-Fi connection, make sure that the device you are connecting is within the range of the router's wireless network. Computers, tablets or mobile phones may also have problems connecting due to interference from neighboring wireless devices such as cordless phones and microwave ovens. To avoid wireless interference, changing the channel of your router is recommended. For instructions on how to do this, click here.
Connect to your wireless network and if it requires a password/security key, enter the correct one. The WPA™ password is case-sensitive, so make sure to type it correctly.
NOTE: To learn how to check the wireless settings of your Linksys router, click here. To learn how to connect your wireless computer to the router, click here.
Wireless adapters are the receiver of the router signal. If the wireless adapter on your computer does not detect and receive wireless signals, check if it is switched ON. Refer to your computer manufacturer’s documentation to learn how to switch ON/OFF your wireless adapter.
You may also check if the drivers of your wireless adapter are up to date to support the WPA security encryption of your router.
Different computer operating systems are configured with different wireless connection managers to connect to a wireless network. Using these wireless configuration managers is recommended for ease of usage. To learn how to wirelessly connect computers to your network in different operating systems, click here. If you want to connect additional computers to your Linksys Wi-Fi Router, click here.
Firewall/Antivirus software programs oftentimes block data packets that are needed to connect to a wireless network. Some of these programs have options to block incoming and outgoing communication that prevents the user to connect to the Internet or to connect wirelessly.
To resolve wireless connectivity issues, you need to disable or modify the security settings of any firewall/antivirus programs on your computer. Refer to your software’s manufacturer documentation for more details or you may also check to the following links:
NOTE: Your computer’s built-in firewall software may also be the reason for some wireless devices not connecting properly to your network or to the Internet. For general instructions on how to disable your Windows®-based computer’s firewall, click here. If you’re using a Mac® computer, click here for instructions.
Wireless MAC Filtering enabled on the router
Linksys Wi-Fi Routers have a feature called Wireless MAC Filter which allows you to specify the wireless devices you want to permit on your wireless network. You may need to add the MAC Address of your computer or device to the router's Wireless Client List because this feature will only allow registered devices to connect to the network. To know how to do this, click here.
Outdated router firmware
Firmware updates can fix issues on a router. If all of your wireless computers and devices have problems connecting to the wireless network, you may need to update the router's firmware. For step-by-step instructions on how to do this, click here.