Recently, reader EJ wrote to ask:
Terry, can you tell me or anyone out there how to put a security
protection on my Linksys router or tell me where to find it.
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I focus on the why and what, rather than the how. I don’t go in to the step-by-step procedure because that will vary with the individual model — even within the Linksys brands.
The .pdf manual for your Linksys router will give you exceptionally good instructions on how to set each of these settings. One of the reasons that I recommend Linksys routers is that their manuals are very good. Another is that Linksys has taken steps to update firmware for older models to fix security glitches and to add features so they can continue to be used effectively.
Linksys also has a quick-setup button on the front of their recent wireless router, which can be a big help if you only have one wireless computer. If you have more than one, you’ll have to set up the 2nd and 3rd manually. The manual also covers how to use this function.
The CDROM that came with the router should have the .pdf manual on it. You can read that with Adobe Reader on your computer. You can also copy the manual to your computer.
You can also download the Adobe Reader .pdf manual from the Linksys site. (Support / Downloads). Most router manufacturers make their manuals available for download, and so do many other computer product manufacturers.
If you’re thinking about buying a product, check the manufacturer’s site, then download and read the manual ahead of time. You’ll either get a head start with your new purchase — or you might decide that this wasn’t the product you really wanted!
Tip: I made a "Manufacturers" folder on my hard drive, create a folder for each manufacturer (e.g., a “Linksys” folder), and keep the manuals in them for easy access.