In this post, I will show how you can configure the Linksys router to connect to the Internet using Lan Wire and Wireless and the router with ADSL broadband Modem. It can be similar to other modems or Fiber Cable connection using PPPOE. Configuring the router was a little tricky for me. I say tricky because its not hard, but to know how to do the right way took time. So let’s get to the topic.
Note: It will work with any router, all you need to do is use the right connection setting.
How to configure and connect Linksys router with ADSL Broadband Modem
- Initial Setup & Requirements
- Configuring Wired Connection on Lynksys Router with broadband
- Configuring for Wireless Connection with Lynksys Router
Initial Setup & Requirements
Any broadband connection you buy asks you to connect to your computer directly. They are usually single PC usage, but then it doesn’t work that way. So I had the broadband modem connected with the computer directly. Since I have a router now, I could connect more device, and hence the requirement.
What I had?
- ISP: BSNL broadband
- ADSL Modem SMART AX MT882 (provided by ISP)
- My ISP had given me a Static IP and Some IP for the default gateway.
- Linksys WRT54G2 Router
Note: If you a fiber cable connection or copper cable connection it works the same way. All you need is an Ethernet connection from your ISP to connect to your router.
- Configure my Linksys WRT54G2 Router to talk to Modem and My computer to Router
- Configure for both Wired and Wireless connection
Though Linksys router/modem comes with a CD which has set up for making this work, it did not work for me. I had to configure everything manually. In case you have any previous settings, please reset to factory settings.
Update: This should also work with
- Linksys WRT54G Router with Huawei MT 880 or 882 BSNL modem. Thye have similar settings
- ADSL Modem/Router UT-300R2U with Linksys Wireless Router WRT54G
- BSNL smartAX MT882 modem and Linksys WRT54G router
It will work with any connection. All you need to is select the right settings. Currently, I am using the same router to connect with Tata Fiber Cable connection using PPPOE. Its a Fiber Cable connection. So finally It Should look like this:
Configuring Wired Connection on Lynksys Router with broadband
- Save & Note Previous Settings
- Detecting Router and Changing Router IP Address
- Making Router talk to ADSL broadband modem
1] Save & Note Previous Settings
Make a note of all your IP, DNS IP address, and Default Gateway which you can find in your current Ethernet /LAN connection. I had a static IP. If you have always connected your internet connection to your computer, then your Ethernet port holds all the connection details.
- In Windows, Open Settings > Network > Advanced Settings. Locate your ethernet adapter from the listing.
- Right-click the network connection. Then go to properties. You will see a lot of the things listed there. Look for Internet protocol ( TCP / IP ). It could also be IPv4
- Now click on the Properties button. It will open another window. Under the general tab of the windows. You can see if the IP is set to manual or Dynamic.
- If it’s manual, then you should have all the IP, DNS, gateway listed right there. Save the ip address on the notepad also, if you have any DNS IP save it too.
- Now change your LAN settings to Dynamic IP and Remove option for DNS.
Do not change any configuration of your modem. Let it be the same and keep it on. We will need them when we make the modem and router talk.
2] Detecting Router and Changing Router IP Address
- Unplug the network cable connected to your current Modem.
- Plug the network cable (Mine was Blue) which comes with the Router Box pack to your computer. The other end goes into any of the Router Ethernet Port (1 or 2 or 3 or 4).
- Now type in 192.168.1.1 in Chrome or Edge or Firefox. You will be prompted for a password which is admin. You must be logged in to Linksys Router.
- Now since your ADSL modem also has the same IP, we will change the IP address for Router to 192.168.5.1
- Under Setup >Basic Setup look for Network Setup and Change Router IP. Change to 192.168.5.1 and Save changes.
- Since the IP has changed, you will need to close the Browser.
- Sometimes the IP doesn’t change automatically. Do an IPCONFIG / RELEASE and then IPCONFIG / Renew
3] Making Router talk to ADSL broadband modem
- Plugin the Ethernet cable which comes from the Modem into the port on the router which says the Internet.
- Open Internet Explorer and type in 192.168.5.1.
- Type in the same password ( admin )
- You will be in Setup > Basic Setup
- Take a look at Section, Internet Setup. The current selection should be Automatic Configuration DHCP. Select Static IP instead.
- Add the following details to it. In the first step, we backed up All the IP configuration. Use them here
- Internet IP Address
- Subnet Mask
- Static DNS 1 / DNS 2 / DNS 3
- Once done, save changes and you should be back on the same page.
- Now try to connect any application which talks to the internet. You should be able to connect
If you do not have Static IP, then ask your broadband support to tell you what exactly you need to do. Most of the broadbands now offer PPPOE connection which is available in the dropdown. You need to enter a username, and password and set it a DNS IP address to connect. Everything else remains dynamic.
Configuring for Wireless Connection with Lynksys Router
Now once your Router is talking with Modem, it is pretty easy to connect on Wireless. The only thing we need to set up here is Security. Let’s get WIFI
- Get to the Lynksys page again. Do all login and regular stuff.
- Now look for menu Wireless, click on it. You should land on Basic Wireless Settings.
- Select wireless configuration to Manual.
- Wireless network mode to Mixed.
- Give a Wireless Network Name (SSID), make sure its unique.
- Make Wireless channel selection 11 ( 11 – 2.463 GHz)
- Select Wireless SSID Broadcast to Enable
- Save Settings, and you will be back on the same page with the changes you made.
Secure the Router
- Go to Wireless Security on the same page.
- You will need to configure here Security Mode: WPA Personal, WPA Algorithms: TKIP
- WPA Shared Key is what you will need when you connect to your router without wire. This key does authentication and keeps unwanted people away. Add eight-digit alphanumeric key.
- As suggested in comments, there is a new mode which you can use: WPA2 with AES
- Save changes. Make sure you save that key to a notepad or remember it.
- Now the last step, Move to next menu Security > Firewall.
- Uncheck Block Anonymous Internet Requests.
- Save Settings.
- Remove the blue cable which you had connected with Router.
That’s it. Now turn on your WIFI and Search for the router. The name should be visible. Click to connect. At this stage, it will ask you for the Password or Shared Key which we configure just above. It will connect, and you will be able to connect to the Internet.
In this post, I have shown how you can connect your router with your computer, how to configure it with the router when using ADSL Broadband and PPPOE connection, and lastly how you can secure your router.