So today I'm going to show you how to install your wireless Linksys router. I have a model here that's called the E1200. It's a really nice, basic router from Linksys, or Cisco as they like to be called right now. And it's very basic. You just have the ethernet ports in the back. One of them goes to your cable modem or DSL modem and connects you to the internet. The other four go to the various computers or devices that you're going to use the router with. And of course, you can also connect devices to it wirelessly, because it is a wireless router.
Most Linksys routers today have an internal antenna, so you don't actually see any, you know, pointy antennas coming out. It's all in there, and it makes it a little bit more stylish and slick, and people tend to like that. When you buy it, you get it with a little power adapter that connects it to the wall. You get it with a little ethernet switch to set it up, connect it to either the computer or your modem or both. And you get a little install CD. After you put the setup CD in, it will take you through a wizard that basically helps you set up three things.
The first is telling your router how it connects to the internet. The second is setting up your wireless network name and password. And the third is setting up an administrator password that protects all your settings and makes sure nobody messes with your internet even if you did give them password to connect to the internet.
One final point I'd like to mention is that the install CD might not work on every computer. Most companies make them for Windows operating systems, but on a Mac sometimes you might have to do this manually by just going to your web browser after you connect your computer to the router and setting it up that way. If you still can't connect after using the CD and trying different ways, you can always just open your browser, which is your program that you use to surf the internet, like Internet Explorer or Firefox and simply go to the IP address of the router.
On Linksys, the IP address is always 192.168.1.1. So if you just enter those numbers in your address bar and hit Enter, you'll be taken immediately to the router setup configuration page, where you can change everything you need and set everything up the right way. And that's basically how you set up a Linksys router.