Linksys makes a wide range of routers to allow multiple computers to connect to the Internet at the same time. If you are experiencing connectivity problems, then there are a couple of things you can do at home to fix the problem. In this article, we will discuss three things you can try before throwing out your router and buying a new one.
How Reset the Modem and the Router
Sometimes the modem and the router get stuck. They do not exactly communicate correctly with each other and resetting them will get everything working back like it should. Since it is the easiest thing to do, it should be tried first.
- Turn off the computers
- Turn off the router
- Turn off the modem
- Wait 10 seconds
- Turn on the modem
- Wait for all the lights to stop flashing
- Turn on the router
- Turn on the computer
How to Check the Router Password
Sometimes an Internet setting will require a password before it will allow you to connect. This is often true when you are trying to connect wirelessly to a printer, to a game console like Wii or through a router like Linksys.
To check the router settings
- Log In
- Connect the router to the computer
- Open an internet browser (even if it does not connect)
- Type in “192.168.1.1″ in the address bar without the quotes
- Press enter
- Linksys default username is blank with the password as admin
- Check the Wireless Setting
- Select Wireless Menu Tab
- Set Configuration View to “Manual”
- Note the SSID or the Network Name that is in use
- Select the Wireless Security Tab
- Write down the Passphrase being used – this is case sensitive
How to Reset the Linksys to Default Settings
If you cannot log into your Linksys router, then you will need to reset your Linksys back to the factory settings. This is easy enough to do but once you do reset it, the router will have to be reconfigured again. Therefore, try to remember what your password was before you reset the router back to the factory settings.
- Turn on the router.
- Remove all the LAN, network, and computer connections to the router.
- Look at the back of the device for a pinhole. Insert a paperclip and hold the button down for up to 30 seconds while the device reboots.
- Once the device reboots, which could take 2 or 3 minutes, turn off the device.
- Turn the Linksys back on and begin reconfiguring the router.
- To access the reconfiguring screen, open a browser and type in 192.168.1.1.
Update Linksys Drivers
Sometimes, you will get a “Device Driver Not Found” or “Driver Not Recognized” error message. In this case, you will need to reinstall the Linksys driver. When this happens, you can either install the driver yourself or use driver update software.
If you know exactly which driver you need and which operating system you are running, then you can follow these instructions to download the driver from Linksys.
- Go to Linksys
- Click Support
- Click Get Linksys Support
- Click Your Router
- Click Downloads
- Select Hardware Version
- Click Download
- Click Save
If you are unsure of exactly which driver you need, then it is much safer and easier to use driver update software. Driver update software automatically finds, downloads and will then update Linksys drivers for you. In just a matter of minutes all the drivers on your computer will be up-to-date and your computer will be running fast and smooth like it should.