The Linksys wireless router has an option to add a password to the wireless connection. You may also set up encryption to protect yourself from hackers who may snoop into your data and steal private information. These two settings combined protect and secure your Linksys wireless network. Each Linksys has an administrator console available through a web browser interface. The console is the same for each Linksys model you purchase.
Double-click the "Internet Explorer" icon on your desktop. If you do not have a desktop shortcut, click "Start," "All Programs" and "Internet Explorer."
Type the IP address for your wireless router. The Linksys default IP address is "192.168.1.1." Type your current user name and password. The default user name is blank, and the password is "password."
Click the "Wireless" tab. Click the "Wireless Security" link. This tab shows you your wireless settings for encryption and the password.
Select "WPA2 Personal" from the "Security Mode" drop-down box. This is the type of encryption your router uses to protect your data. Type a password into the "Passkey" text box. Click "Save" to save your settings. The wireless router is secure, and users must have the password to connect to your network.
- If you have any wireless devices connected, you must re-establish a connection using the new password. The Linksys router disconnects any users connected after you change the password.