Setup WiFi on the Linksys WRT55AG

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The Linksys WRT55AG 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 WRT55AG Guides

This is the wifi guide for the Linksys WRT55AG 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.

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 WRT55AG

To get started configuring the Linksys WRT55AG 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 WRT55AG, follow our Linksys WRT55AG Login Guide.

Find the WiFi Settings on the Linksys WRT55AG

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

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

After you have logged into the Linksys WRT55AGv2 you are placed on the Basic Setup page. From here click the Wireless option at the top of the page.

Change the WiFi Settings on the Linksys WRT55AG

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

This places you on the Basic Setup page. Scroll down this page and use the section titled Wireless-G Settings.

In this section, use the Mode drop-down list to choose Mixed.

Next is the Network Name (SSID). This is the name you create in order to identify your network. It really doesn't matter what you enter here but we recommend avoiding personal information. Learn more about this in our Wireless Names Guide.

Below that is the Channel. For the least amount of interference we recommend that everyone use channels 1,6, or 11. Learn more about this in our WiFi Channels Guide.

If you want to hide your SSID name just choose the Disabled option from the SSID Broadcast drop-down list. This doesn't mean your SSID is completely hidden. A hacker intent on finding hidden networks can still do so using the proper tools.

Now click the Save Settings button at the bottom of the page then click Wireless Security at the top of the page.

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This is the wifi security page from your Linksys router.

This takes you to a page like the one you see above.

Use the drop-down list titled Security Mode to choose the appropriate security for your network. We strongly recommend updating your firmware version to allow for WPA2-Personal. To learn why this is our recommendation, read our WEP vs. WPA guide.

Next you need to choose a WPA Algorithm. The best choice is AES.

The last thing you need to enter is the WPA Pre-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. Try to use some symbols, numbers and capital letters in this password. Check out our Choosing a Strong Password Guide for more information.

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 WRT55AG Info

Don't forget about our other Linksys WRT55AG info that you might be interested in.

This is the wifi guide for the Linksys WRT55AG v2.We also have the following guides for the same router: