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Getting to know WRT310N

This article will show you the basic parts and features of the Linksys WRT310N Wireless–N Gigabit Router.  This router allows you to access the Internet using a wired (through its four (4) switched ports) or wireless connection.

The WRT310N can also be used to share resources like computers across a single network.  It also has enhanced security features which include:

  • Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) security provides encryption for data on your wireless network;
  • Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall blocks unwanted access to your Linksys WRT310N;
  • Network Address Translation (NAT) technology protects and allows your entire network to access the Internet using a single Internet IP address.

Front Panel of the WRT310N

The front panel of the Linksys WRT310N consists of the following:

 Ethernet LED (Green/Blue) – These are numbered (1,2,3,4) LEDs and they correspond to the numbered Ethernet ports at the back panel of the device.  Take note of the following activities for this LED:

•    LED is solidly lit – This means that the router is connected to a device through a specific port.
•    LED flashes – This means that there is network activity over a specific port.
•    LED lights up green – This means that the Ethernet adapter of the device connected to the port supports Gigabit network speeds.
•    LED lights up blue – This means that the Ethernet adapter of the device connected to the port supports 10/100 network speeds.

Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) LED – Take note of the following activities for the WPS LED:

•    LED lights up blue – This means that wireless security is enabled.
•    LED flashes blue for two (2) minutes – This means that the Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ process is ongoing.
•    LED lights up amber – This means that there is an error during the WPS process.
•    LED flashes amber – This means that a WPS session is active.  The router only supports one (1) WPS session at a time.
     Once the LED is turned OFF, you may then proceed with another WPS session.

 Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) Button – Press this button to activate WPS which automatically configures the wireless security of your wireless network.  For more information about WPS, click here.

Wireless LED – This LED lights up indicates that the wireless feature is enabled.  It flashes if the router sends or receives data over that network.

Internet LED – When this LED lights up, this means that there is a connection detected over the Internet port located at the router’s back panel.  Once it flashes, it means that there is activity over that port.

Power LED – This LED lights up to indicate that the router is powered ON.  It flashes when it undergoes the self-diagnostic mode during the device’s boot-up.  Once the diagnostic is finished, this LED will be solidly lit.

Back Panel of the WRT310N

 Internet Port – This is where you will connect the one end of your Ethernet cable.  Make sure that the other end of the cable is connected to the modem’s port.

 Ethernet Port (1,2,3,4) – These ports are used to connect your router to computers or other Ethernet devices on your network.

NOTE:  The ports on the WRT310N are Gigabit ports.  This means that the ports can support up to 10/1000 network speeds.

 Reset Button – This button allows you to reset the device to factory defaults.  To do this, press and hold the Reset button for approximately five (5) seconds.  Another way of resetting your device is through the web-based setup page.  

 Power Port – This is where you connect the power adapter included in the router’s package.

NOTE:  For more details about this product, visit the Linksys Support Site to browse for more troubleshooting articles, downloadable user guides or firmware updates and other support information.

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