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Setting up WEP, WPA™ or WPA2™ Personal on a Linksys access point

Linksys access points support WEP, WPA™ and WPA2™ wireless security modes.  Setting up the wireless security is a way to prevent unauthorized access to your network.  Read on to know how to set up each type of wireless security for your Linksys access point.

NOTE:  Before you set up the wireless security of the access point, make sure that it is connected to the router using an Ethernet cable and that it has obtained an IP Address from the router.

To configure the wireless security setting of your access point, follow these steps:

Step 1:
Open the access point’s web-based setup page.  To do this, launch a web browser and enter the IP Address of the access point in the Address bar then press [Enter].  To check the IP Address of your Linksys router, click here.

NOTE:  If you are using a Mac® computer to access the web-based setup page, click here.

Step 2:
On the Setup page, click Wireless > Wireless Security.

 

 


Step 3:
On the Wireless Security sub-tab, select the Security Mode that you want to use for the network.

 

 


NOTE:  In the drop-down list, there are eight (8) types of security modes.  The WPA/WPA2 Enterprise will not be discussed here since this option features WPA/WPA2 used in coordination with a RADIUS server.  This should only be used when a RADIUS server is connected to the access point.

Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP)
Wi-Fi Protected Access™ (WPA) Personal
WPA2 Personal

Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP)

WEP can be a 64-bit key with 10 hexadecimal digits or a 128-bit key with 26 hexadecimal digits.  This encryption will prevent other users from connecting to your wireless network.

Step 1:
Select WEP from the drop-down list and choose between 64-bit and 128-bit key. 

 


Step 2:
Enter a unique password in the Key 1 field then click Save Settings.

 


QUICK TIP:  Hex digits contain the letters A-F only and the numbers 1-0 and are not case sensitive.

Wi-Fi Protected Access™ (WPA) Personal

Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) is a Wi-Fi standard designed to improve the security features of WEP.  This makes WPA a stronger security mode than WEP.  For older versions of Linksys routers, WPA Personal is also referred to as WPA Pre-Shared Key.

Step 1:
Select WPA Personal from the drop-down list and enter a unique password in the Passphrase field.

 


Step 2:
Click Save Settings.

WPA2 Personal

WPA2 Personal is stronger than WPA encryption since it can use two encryption methods (TKIP and AES) at the same time.  It is recommended that WPA2 Personal is used for higher security and optimum performance for your wireless network.

Step 1:
Select WPA2 Personal from the drop-down list and and enter a unique password in the Passphrase field.

 

 


Step 2:
Click Save Settings.

After setting up wireless security

Once you have optimized your network’s wireless security, you can now connect computers to your wireless network.  To learn how, click
here.  You can also connect other wireless devices to your router such as an iPad®, smartphones, game consoles, printers, and access points.  To learn how, click here.

You can also add other networking devices that can enhance the capability of your network and your wireless experience.  These devices are:

Range extenders
Powerline adapters

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