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.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 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 router.

This guide starts on the Basic Setup page of the Linksys WRT54GS router. To configure the WiFi settings click the link at the top of the page labeled Wireless.

Change the WiFi Settings on the Linksys WRT54GS

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This is the wifi setup page from your Linksys router.

This takes you to a page like the one you see here. First, use the Wireless Network Name (SSID) to create a new name for your network. It really doesn't matter what you enter here but we recommend avoiding personal information. Learn more in our guide titled How to Change your Wireless Name.

Use the drop down list titled Wireless Channel to choose from the channels 1,6, and 11. Learn why you should only use these three channels in our WiFi Channels Guide.

Leave the green button alone. This is the SES or WPS and is not very secure. Learn more about this in our What is WPS Guide.

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

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This is the wifi security page from your Linksys router.

This brings you to the page you see here. The first setting is titled Security Mode. Set this to WPA2 Personal for maximum security. Learn more in our WEP vs. WPA guide.

Next set the WPA Algorithm to AES.

Finally you need to change the WPA Shared Key. This is the password you use to gain access to your network. We recommend creating a strong password of at least 14-20 characters. We have more password tips for you in our Choosing a Strong Password Guide.

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

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.We also have the following guides for the same router: