Smart Features in Linksys Routers
How to access the router?
When you want to access your router you have to use a browser i.e. Internet Explorer, Firefox,Chrome, etc. To change the specifications through these browsers you must type in your DefaultGateway (which you will find in your command prompt after typing the
command).Once you find your default gateway, you will type those numbers into your Uniform ResourceLocator (URL). Once you type the numbers in, you will be prompted a username and password.Note that the default username/password on many Linksys (i.e. WRT160N, WRT350N) isadmin/admin.Once you are inside the router, the journey begins! You will be able to change encryptions, setDHCPs, enable MAC filter and many more! In here you will find tabs such as Administrationwhere you will be able to update your firmwares. The firmwares are available at the officialLinksys website.
Firmwares enable your router to work. Without a firmware your router will not work. Firmwaresenable communications and interface communications between the user (you) and the hardware(router).Beware that when you install firmware you must know which version/revision your router is.This version can be found on the serial number on the physical router. If the serial number has no version number after the serial, then the default is V.1. Otherwise, the version will be specified.If you are a fairly knowledged individual in using your router you may decide to install add-wrtfirmwarewhich is based on Linux. There are tons of extra features which will very much enhanceyour experience with the router. To know whether or not your router is supported, you may check the supported hardware sectionof the website. If your router is listed as "yes," then it iscompatible. If it is "no," do not bother installing this firmware.This firmware enables an important feature that enables the router to become a repeater. Arepeater is basically a router that works with another router to prolong the signal. So if you wereacross a very big house, you may set up a repeater where you will get 5-bar signals.Hereis thedd-wrt website section that helps you set up a repeater and explains in greater detail what arepeater is. To install the firmware, check the installation pagewhere it will tell you step by stephow to install it.The following Linksys features are based on the default Linksys firmware that comes with therouter. Note that you are able to do these on a dd-wrt.FLJR903