The Cisco Linksys-E900 router is considered a wireless router because it offers WiFi connectivity. WiFi, or simply wireless, allows you to connect various devices to your router, such as wireless printers, smart televisions, and WiFi enabled smartphones.
Before we get started there is a little bit of background info that you should be familiar with.
Your wireless network needs to have a name to uniquely identify it from other wireless networks. If you are not sure what this means we have a guide explaining what a wireless name is that you can read for more information.
An important part of securing your wireless network is choosing a strong password.
Picking a WiFi channel is not always a simple task. Be sure to read about WiFi channels before making the choice.
You should almost definitely pick WPA2 for your networks encryption. If you are unsure, be sure to read our WEP vs WPA guide first.
To get started configuring the Cisco Linksys-E900 WiFi settings you need to login to your router. If you are already logged in you can skip this step.
To login to the Cisco Linksys-E900, follow our Cisco Linksys-E900 Login Guide.
If you followed our login guide above then you should see this screen.
Starting on the Setup-Basic Setup page of the Cisco Linksys-E900 router click the link titled Wireless. Then under that in the blue bar click Basic Wireless Setting.
On this new page, tick the dot labeled Manual. Do not use Wi-Fi Protected Setup. This is extremely insecure, to learn why click the link titled What is WPS.
Next is the Network Mode. This is asking you what age your wireless devices are that are connecting to the internet. We recommend choosing Mixed because most of us have a range of wireless devices.
Under that is the Network Name (SSID). This is the name you give your network so you can identify it later on. When you create this name, try and avoid using personal information. For more on this subject, click our link titled Wireless names.
The Channel Width can be left at Auto (20MHZ or 40MHz).
Next is the Channel. If you have neighbors, you need to be using channel 1,6, and 11. There is only room in the wireless spectrum for up to three channels that don't overlap one another. Overlapping channels cause a lot of interference. Make sure you are on one of the non-overlapping channels, 1,6, and 11. For more on this topic, click the link titled WiFi Channels.
The last thing on this page is the SSID Broadcast. If you want to hide your network name, click Disabled. Remember that even if you hide your network name, it can still be found using scanning programs.
Click the Save Settings button. Then click Wireless Security at the top of the page in blue.
You are taken to a page that looks similar to the one you see here.
Use the Security Mode drop down list to choose WPA2 Personal. This is the most secure choice for home networks. To learn why, click the link of WEP vs. WPA.
Below that is the Passphrase. This is the password you use to access your network. We recommend using at least 20 characters. Use some symbols, numbers, and capital letters as well. Don't use any words that are found in a dictionary. Don't use any personal information either. For help in creating a strong and memorable password, click the link titled Choosing a strong password.
You did it, just click the Save Settings button before you exit.
After making these changes to your router you will almost definitely have to reconnect any previously connected devices. This is usually done at the device itself and not at your computer.
Don't forget about our other Cisco Linksys-E900 info that you might be interested in.