Setup WiFi on the Linksys WRT54GS

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The Linksys WRT54GS 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 WRT54GS Guides

This is the wifi guide for the Linksys WRT54GS v5. 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 WRT54GS

To get started configuring the Linksys WRT54GS 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 WRT54GS, follow our Linksys WRT54GS Login Guide.

Find the WiFi Settings on the Linksys WRT54GS

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

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This is the setup page from your Linksys WRT54GS router.

This guide starts on the Basic Setup page of the Linksys WRT54GSv5 router. From there click the option titled Wireless at the top of the page.

Change the WiFi Settings on the Linksys WRT54GS

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This is the wifi setup page from your Linksys WRT54GS router.

This should take you to the Basic Wireless Settings page like the one you see above.

Set the Wireless Network Mode to Mixed.

The next setting is titled Wireless Network Name (SSID). This is the name you create in order to identify your network. While it doesn't really matter what you enter here we recommend avoiding personal information. Learn more about this in our Wireless Name Guide.

Below that is the Wireless Channel. For the least amount of interference we recommend that everyone use either channel 1,6, or 11. Learn why in our WiFi Channels Guide.

Don't use the SecureEasySetup or SES. SES is the same as WPS and is insecure. Read our What is WPS Guide for more info on the topic.

When you are finished, click the Save Settings button. Then go back to the top of the page and click Wireless Security.

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This is the wifi security page from your Linksys WRT54GS router.

You should now be on a page like the one you see above. The first setting is titled Security Mode. We recommend choosing WPA2 Personal if available. If this is not available then you should update your firmware to allow for it. Learn more in our WEP vs. WPA guide.

Next is the WPA Algorithm. Set this to AES if available.

WPA Shared Key is next. This is the password you use to access your network. We recommend using at least 14-20 characters with a mix of numbers, symbols, and letters. Check out our other tips in our Choosing a Strong Password Guide.

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 WRT54GS Info

Don't forget about our other Linksys WRT54GS info that you might be interested in.

This is the wifi guide for the Linksys WRT54GS v5. We also have the following guides for the same router: