Setup WiFi on the Linksys BEFSR41W

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The Linksys BEFSR41W 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.

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This is the wifi guide for the Linksys BEFSR41W.We also have the following guides for the same router:

WiFi Terms

Before we get started there is a little bit of background info that you should be familiar with.

Wireless Name

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.

Wireless Password

An important part of securing your wireless network is choosing a strong password.

Wireless Channel

Picking a WiFi channel is not always a simple task. Be sure to read about WiFi channels before making the choice.

Encryption

You should almost definitely pick WPA2 for your networks encryption. If you are unsure, be sure to read our WEP vs WPA guide first.

Login To The Linksys BEFSR41W

To get started configuring the Linksys BEFSR41W WiFi settings you need to login to your router. If you are already logged in you can skip this step.

To login to the Linksys BEFSR41W, follow our Linksys BEFSR41W Login Guide.

Find the WiFi Settings on the Linksys BEFSR41W

If you followed our login guide above then you should see this screen.

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This is the status page from your Linksys router.

You are starting on the Status page of the Linksys BEFSR41W. This is the correct page in order to setup the WiFi to your specifications.

Change the WiFi Settings on the Linksys BEFSR41W

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This is the status page from your Linksys router.

Scroll down this page until you come to the section titled Wireless. Find the SSID box. This is the name you create so you can identify your network. It's not important what you enter in this box, but it's a good idea to avoid personal information. Learn more about this by reading our guide on the topic called How to Change your Wireless Name.

Directly under that is the SSID Broadcast. If you want your name to be hidden from wireless devices click the Disable radio button. Remember that this is only security in the form of obscurity. You are hiding your name, but it's not invisible. A good hacker can still find your network if they want to.

Below that is the Channel. Make sure you use the channel of 1,6, or 11. If you are interested in learning why you should only use one of these three channels, read our guide titled WiFi Channels.

Next is the type of security you are planning on using. This particular version of this router only allows for WEP. We strongly advise you to update your firmware so you can use WPA2-PSK. Read all about this topic, when you click this link.

Click the Apply button before exiting.

Possible Problems when Changing your WiFi Settings

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.

Other Linksys BEFSR41W Info

Don't forget about our other Linksys BEFSR41W info that you might be interested in.

This is the wifi guide for the Linksys BEFSR41W.We also have the following guides for the same router: