Assignment #2- Configure a laptop to access a Wireless Access Point
Serge’s router Setup steps
Accessing the router’s web-based setup page
I could have setup the router using the CD wizard but I preferred to go through the web base interface for more control and
flexibility. All Linksys routers have a built-in web-based setup page that allows the user to customize settings and set up advanced
I run through a couple of minor issues that will be listed during the setup process. I also turned off the fireworks from both
windows and my Antivirus Software and I checked the internet connection before proceeding to the setup steps.
My Linksys WRTU54G-TM wireless Router 4-port switch (integrated) has these features:
Unlimited calling w/ T-Mobile @Home
Can only be added as lines 3 to 5
Includes two standard phone jacks
Holds two SIM cards
Can connect HotSpot cell phones
Prioritizes voice calls over other Internet traffic, for clear calls
Connects to cable, DSL, or other high-speed Internet connection using Ethernet
These are the steps I used to access the web-based setup page of this router from T-Mobile using a Windows-based computer
following the router setup guide from the manufacturer.
NOTE: Before I accessed the router’s web-based setup page, I have to make sure the router is powered ON and the computer is
wired to one of the Ethernet ports on the router (1, 2, 3 or 4).
NOTE: This image shows my HP Pavilion dv4 – 1125nr Laptop connected to my Linksys WRTU54G-TM wireless Router 4-port
switch (integrated) from T-Mobile.
Accessing the Router’s Web-Based Setup Page
After connecting my computer to the router, I have to make sure that the LED corresponding to the port where the computer is
connected to is turned on and steady green.
I launched my web browser (Internet Explorer).
In the Address bar, I entered my router’s IP Address then I pressed [Enter].
QUICK TIP: 192.168.1.1 is the default IP Address of most Linksys routers.
NOTE: If the IP Address of the router has been changed, type it in the Address bar instead.
I entered my router's User name and Password.
NOTE: The default password is “admin” and I can leave the User name field blank.
Verifying Internet Connection
I connected the computer to the Cable modem using an Ethernet cable (RJ45) without the router installed. After I made sure my
computer was getting Internet connection, I was ready to proceed with the next step. Otherwise, I would have to contact my ISP.
NOTE: The picture shows my Hp laptop connected directly to the Ethernet port of my Grande cable modem U10C018. As you
can see my modem also has a USB port.
Connecting the Devices Together
Once my Internet connection is verified via direct connection to the modem, I proceeded with connecting the router and enable the
MAC Address Cloning feature to activate the Internet connection.
I Connected the broadband modem to the router’s WAN or Internet port.
I Connected my HP laptop to any of the numbered ports (1, 2, 3 or 4).
NOTE: In this example, my laptop is connected to port number 2 with the blue Ethernet cable and the yellow Ethernet cable
is connected to the ISP modem.
I Connected the power adapter of my router to the power outlet.
Checking the LEDs
After connecting the devices together, I checked the lights on the front panel of the router. I ensured that the lights corresponding
to the ports where the Ethernet cords are connected to are lit.
Configuring my Linksys WRTU54G-TM wireless Router for Cable Internet Connection
After accessing the router’s web-based setup page.
On the Setup tab, I clicked the MAC Address Clone sub-tab.
I Selected Enabled then I clicked Clone My PC’s MAC.
I Clicked .
Checking my Internet Connection Status
Once I configured the MAC Address Clone feature, the Internet status should be active. To check the Internet Connection status, I
followed the procedure below:
I Clicked the Status tab.
I Checked the Internet IP Address. If it showed some numbers, this would mean the router has been properly configured.
Problem or issue faced: when the Internet IP Address values were showing up 0.0.0.0, I clicked on IP Address
Release then the IP Address Renew buttons, the problem was solved and I now had an IP address 192.168.0.2. When I
was not able to access the internet I power cycle the modem, the router then the laptop and I was able to access the
Power Cycle Procedure
Power cycle was done in the following sequence:
I powered OFF the modem.
While modem is powered OFF, I unplugged the power from the router and shutdown my laptop.
I Powered ON the modem and waited for its lights to go steady
I powered ON the router, I waited for its lights to go steady, then the computer.
My Internet connection was now active but if I was still unable to go online, I would have to contact my ISP to refresh the modem.
Setting up personal wireless security on a Linksys wireless router
Setting up the router’s wireless security is the easiest way to prevent other people from using your wireless Internet connection. My
Linksys router supports three (3) of the most commonly-used wireless security types: WEP, WPA and WPA2 Personal.
IMPORTANT: Before proceeding, I have to make sure that my router is connected to my computer using an Ethernet cable so that
I can access its web-based setup page. Refer to the image below.
To setup my router’s wireless security settings:
Accessing the web-based setup page
I accessed my router’s web-based setup page by opening a web browser. On the Address bar, I entered my router’s local
IP address (192.168.0.1) then pressed [Enter].
NOTE: The default IP Address of Linksys routers is “192.168.1.1”.
When the login prompt appears, I entered my router’s Username and Password.
NOTE: The default password is "admin" and the Username field is left blank. I setup the router new username and
On the Setup page, I clicked the Wireless > Wireless Security.
On the Wireless Security sub-tab, there are various wireless security options that I can choose from.
However, as mentioned earlier, the three most commonly used security modes are WEP, WPA Personal (or WPA Pre-
Shared Key), and WPA2 Personal. On the other hand, the WPA2/WPA Enterprise Mixed Mode, WPA Enterprise,
WPA2 Enterprise, and RADIUS security modes will only work if the router is connected to a RADIUS server. My router is
not connected to a server so I chose to configure my router with WPA Personal.
Setting-Up the Wireless Security
Here are the steps below I followed to set up WPA Personal on my Linksys router.
WPA2 Personal is stronger than WPA encryption since it can use two encryption methods (TKIP and AES) at the same
To set up WPA2 Personal on my Linksys router, I followed the steps below:
On the Security Mode field, select WPA2 Personal.
I entered my Passphrase (I will not tell you)
NOTE: The Passphrase must consist of at least eight characters. It is also case-sensitive.
I Clicked .
Connecting my HP Pavilion dv4-1125nr laptop to my Linksys WRTU54G-TM T-Mobile @home wireless router
My HP Pavilion dv4 – 1125nr laptop is running on Windows Vista so here are two scenarios I went through to configure ma laptop
to connect to my router wirelessly.
With my Windows Vista
I Right-clicked the Network Connection icon located at the bottom right corner of my screen, then I selected
Network and Sharing Center.
I Selected Manage wireless networks.
I Clicked Add.
I Selected Manually create a network profile.
I entered my Wireless Network Name (SSID) on the specified field.
On the Security type dropdown menu, I selected the wireless security type my router is currently using (the security key I
configured on the router)
I selected the Encryption type my router is using. I entered my router’s Wireless Security key or Passphrase. I
checked the box that says Display characters to show my password to make sure I am typing it correctly and I clicked
Problem or issue faced: I received an error message while connecting to my wireless network, I typed in my Wireless
Security key or Password correctly the second time and I was able to connect. What I learned is WPA2 wireless security
is case sensitive.
A confirmation window appeared on my screen. I selected Connect to….
My HP laptop was now able to access the internet wirelessly.
Or With my Windows Vista
Right-click on the Wireless Connection icon at the bottom-right of the screen and select Connect to a network.
I selected my network from the Select a network to connect to window then click Connect.
Problem or Issue faced: my Wireless Network Name (SSID) was not listed first; my wireless laptop was too far away
from the router. I checked first that my wireless laptop was just about 3 to 10 feet away from the router when trying to
connect to your wireless network after moving closer to the router I was able to see my wireless network name.
NOTE: when the process of getting my wireless network information was takes longer than usual, I clicked the link I want
to enter the network key or passphrase instead.
When I was getting the following message, I clicked on the link I want to enter the network key or passphrase
I entered my Security key or Passphrase then clicked Connect.
Note: I clicked Display characters to see the characters that you’re typing in. The Security key or passphrase is case-
I clicked Close when I was able to successfully connect to my network.
My HP laptop is successfully connected to the wireless network because I am now able to see this icon on my taskbar and
go connect securely to my network and the internet.