Connecting your wireless devices to the network

You can maximize your wireless router’s performance by connecting your wireless devices to it.  To connect those devices you'll need the wireless settings of your network.  Alternatively, you can also connect those devices using Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS).  Click here to know how. 

If you forgot or are unsure about the information, you may check the wireless settings of your router using any of the following:

Linksys Connect
Web-based setup page
Linksys Smart Wi-Fi

Once you have the wireless settings, you can start connecting the wireless devices to your network.  Click on any of the following devices below to learn how:

If your device is not listed above, follow the steps below:

Step 1:
Turn ON the Wi-Fi feature of your device and browse for available wireless networks.

Step 2:
Look for your wireless network name (SSID) and click or tap to connect to it.

IMPORTANT:  For routers with Guest Access feature, make sure that you connect your wireless devices to the main network if you want to have full network and Internet access.  Connecting them to the Guest network will require you to enter the guest password every time you connect to the Internet.

Step 3:
Once you click or tap Connect, you will be prompted for the security key or password.  Enter the required password and select Connect to go online.

QUICK TIP:  Public networks usually do not require a password.

Step 4:
Once your device is successfully connected to a wireless network, it will automatically connect the next time your device is within range.

IMPORTANT:  If the steps above do not apply to your device, refer to your device’s manual or support site for detailed instructions.

Possible scenarios in setting up or connecting to the wireless network:

I keep losing Internet connection.  What should I do?

If you are experiencing intermittent connection with your router, make sure that it is not positioned behind a thick wall or near a microwave oven.  You can also change the channel of the router to avoid interference with other wireless devices in the network.  Click here to learn how.

I am setting up my home wireless network, what type of encryption (network security) should I use?

There are three (3) basic types of encryption:  Wired Equivalent Protocol (WEP), Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) and Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 Personal (WPA2).  It is best to use WPA2 as it is the most secure encryption.  Click here to learn how to set up wireless security.

I am trying to connect to a network but the network is not on the list, what should I do?

A hidden wireless network is a network that has been configured not to broadcast the wireless network name (SSID).  Click here to learn how to connect to a wireless network with SSID broadcast disabled.  If you’re using a Linksys Wireless Manager, click here.

NOTE:  Disabling the SSID broadcast is not the best way to protect your network as hackers will still be able to bypass it.  To protect your network, set the security to WPA or WPA2.

You can also extend the range of your network, especially in situations that require you to do so.  By simply connecting additional devices, you can now extend your wireless signal to accommodate the hard-to-reach areas at home and even to connect more devices (both wired and wireless) for gaming or entertainment.  Click on the links to know more about these new products.

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Related Articles:

Configuring the Wireless Security of your Linksys Wi-Fi Router through Linksys Connect

Connecting devices using Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) on your Linksys router

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