Setup WiFi on the Linksys WAG160N

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The Linksys WAG160N 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.

Other Linksys WAG160N Guides

This is the wifi guide for the Linksys WAG160N v2.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.


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 WAG160N

To get started configuring the Linksys WAG160N 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 WAG160N, follow our Linksys WAG160N Login Guide.

Find the WiFi Settings on the Linksys WAG160N

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

router setup
This is the setup page from your Linksys router.

Beginning on the Basic Setup page of the Linksys WAG160Nv2 router click the link at the top labeled Wireless. This should take you to the proper page.

Change the WiFi Settings on the Linksys WAG160N

wifi wireless
This is the wifi setup page from your Linksys router.

On this new page, if you decide to click the Wi-Fi Protected Setup radio button you are taken to a page like the one you see here. We highly recommend turning WPS off. Read our What is WPS Guide for more information.

Click the radio button labeled Manual. This takes you to a page where you can make basic changes to your wireless settings.

First, find the Network Name (SSID). This is the name you create in order to identify your network when you need to. It doesn't matter what you enter here as long as you remember it. We recommend that you avoid using personal information here. Read our guide titled How to Change your Wireless Name.

Now look for the Channel. All you need to do here is be sure you are on either channel 1,6, or 11. Learn why in our WiFi Channels Guide.

That's all you need to do on this page, just click the Save Settings button. Then at the top of the page, in blue, tick the link of Wireless Security.

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This is the wifi security page from your Linksys router.

This brings you to a page, like the one you see here.

First is the Security Mode. The most secure option for home networks is WPA2 Personal. Learn why this is the best choice in our guide titled WEP vs. WPA.

Next is the Encryption. We recommend choosing AES here.

The last thing you need to change is the Pre-Shared Key. This is the password you use to gain access to your network. You should create at least a 14-20 character password with some symbols, numbers, and capital letters mixed in. Learn more in our guide titled Choosing a Strong Password.

That's it, just click the Save Settings button before you exit.

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 WAG160N Info

Don't forget about our other Linksys WAG160N info that you might be interested in.

This is the wifi guide for the Linksys WAG160N v2.We also have the following guides for the same router: