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Overview of the Wi-Fi settings for the Linksys Dual-Band WiFi Router

The Linksys Dual-Band WiFi Router lets you enjoy the power of WiFi technology.  It delivers enhanced speed, range, and security for all your networking needs which allows you to swiftly stream HD videos, surf, email, play games online, and chat.

The Wi-Fi
settings on the web interface of the Linksys Dual-Band WiFi Router
 allows you to configure and protect your network from security vulnerabilities through managing your WiFi credentials.  To access this page, log in to the router's web interface.  For instructions, click here.  Then, go to Configuration > Wi-Fi.

Overview of the Wi-Fi page
 
Feature
Description
Basic Wireless Settings

This page allows you to configure the WiFi settings of your network.

NOTE:  The features will vary depending on the model of your router.  Some settings are limited if you have the EasyMesh™ feature enabled.

EasyMesh


The EasyMesh technology allows your router to add a Linksys EasyMesh child node to extend your WiFi and be compatible with other EasyMesh-supported devices.

 
  • To set up your EasyMesh network, enable the EasyMesh option, click OK on the popup window that will appear and click Save at the bottom to save your settings.

    NOTE:  This option only needs to be enabled on the parent node (the router that is connected to your modem).

     
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  • Disable EasyMesh if you are not using child nodes to extend the WiFi, or you no longer want to use it.  Click Save to apply changes.

    NOTE:  If you have existing child nodes in your network, turning OFF the EasyMesh feature on the parent node will disconnect all your child nodes from your network.

     
  • The EasyMesh feature is disabled when the router is on factory defaults but enabled after you set up the router using the setup wizard.
  • To add an EasyMesh child node to extend your WiFi, click on Add a new node.  For instructions, click here.

    NOTE:  Make sure your node has the latest firmware that supports EasyMesh.

     
  • To view the list of your connected client devices or child nodes, click on EasyMesh information.
 
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5 GHz Wireless Settings

The options will vary by model.  The example below shows the Network mode options supported by the Linksys E8450 with Mixed being the default and recommended value.

NOTE:  When the router is in EasyMesh mode, Mixed is the only supported option.

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EasyMesh enabled

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EasyMesh disabled

2.4 GHz Wireless Settings

The options will vary by model.  The example below shows the Network mode options supported by the Linksys E8450 with Mixed being the default and recommended value.


NOTE:  When the router is in EasyMesh mode, Mixed is the only supported option.
 
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EasyMesh enabled

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EasyMesh disabled
 
Channel Width

The supported options are the following with Auto being the default value.   This option is only available when EasyMesh is not enabled.

 
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5 GHz

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2.4 GHz

Channel

The recommended channel setting is Auto.

SSID

The SSID is the WiFi name.  When you change the SSID on the parent node, the new SSID will sync to the connected child nodes.  The clients will need to reconnect to the new WiFi name.  Check the box to broadcast your SSID.

 
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To save your settings, scroll down to the bottom and click Save.
 
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Wi-Fi Protected Setup

The Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) feature cannot be used when your router’s Broadcast SSID is disabled, any of your radio bands are disabled, or if MAC Filtering is enabled.

Pressing the button for 3 seconds or less, or just a tap will initiate pairing between the node and a WPS client.  Pressing it for more than 3 seconds will initiate the pairing with a child node.

 
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Wireless Security

You can configure your WiFi security settings on the Wireless Security page.  The default security option for the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands is WPA2 Personal.
 
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EasyMesh enabled

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EasyMesh disabled
 
Guest Access

You can enable or disable the Guest Network on the Guest Access page.  This is supported on both parent and child nodes.  The Guest Password consists of four to 32 characters, and up to 10 guests are allowed.  Click on Change to update the Guest Password.  Once you're done configuring your Guest Network, click Save.

The Guest name uses the main WiFi name with -guest appended to the end.

NOTE:  The settings may vary depending on the model of your router.  On the Linksys E5600, the Guest Network is NOT supported when EasyMesh is enabled.

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Wireless MAC Filter

Click on the box before Wireless MAC Filter to enable or disable it.  Then, choose whether this will prevent or permit the computers listed on the MAC Address Filter List to access your WiFi.  You can enter up to 32 MAC addresses or click on the Wireless Client List to register the MAC address of the device that is already connected to your WiFi.

NOTE:  On the Linksys E5600, the Wireless MAC filter is NOT supported when EasyMesh is turned ON.

 
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Then, click the Save button found at the bottom part of the page when you’re done.
 
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The Wireless Client List provides the following options:
 
  • To Sort by - Clicking on the dropdown menu sorts the clients in order of IP Address, MAC Address, Interface, or Client Name.
  • Save to MAC Address Filter List - Clicking the box before HTTP of the selected client adds it to the list.
  • Add - This adds the MAC address of the selected client on the MAC Address Filter List.
  • Refresh - This retrieves the updated list of clients.
  • Close - This exits the window.
 
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For step-by-step instructions on configuring the Wireless MAC Filter, click here.
 
Advanced Parameters

The Beamforming and MU-MIMO features of your router are enabled by default.  This is the recommended setting.  You may update your settings and click on Save to apply the changes.
 
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