Linksys routers have shown through time and our experience with the brand that currently, it is one of the best brands on the market. Routers provided by your internet service company will never compare to a Linksys router.
The performance is much better with Linksys, which makes them totally reliable. Instead of going for a 600Mbps internet plan to get only 10% of the speed with the standard router, you can get a less expensive internet plan then purchase the Linksys router, which will give you about 80% performance.
How to Setup your Linksys WRT3200ACM Router
The product that we are going about in this article today is the Linksys WRT3200ACM and how to set it up.
There are two different ways in which you can set up this router, which are: the first setup without CD or software and the second setup using a smart setup wizard. Let’s discover the steps you need to follow to complete your Linksys WRT3200ACM setup using both of these methods.
Linksys WRT3200ACM Setup without CD or Software:
Before starting the setup, you have to make sure that your main computer or laptop is connected and that your internet is modem is functioning. Also, you have to connect your computer to the internet modem using a cable. Once that is done, we can start with the setup.
First, start by connecting your internet modem to the Linksys router through the internet/WAN port on the router. Secondly, connect your computer to the Linksys router using an Ethernet cable. You will find 4 Ethernet ports on the back of the router but just connect it to anyone of them.
As you have everything connected now, proceed by plugging the power cable of the Linksys router. As your turn on the router, you should have these lights powered up: power light, internet, wireless, and one of the Ethernet lights where you linked your computer.
As a second step, you have to log in to your Linksys router configuration menu. On your computer, open the browser and type this into the navigation bar 192.168.1.1.
This is the default IP address given to your Linksys router. Leave the username tab blank and type “admin,” which is the password to log in. If the router already had a password, but you don’t remember it, you have to reset the device to be able to use the default password.
Now, as we landed on the configuration page of your router, you will have to change the internet connection settings. On the left board, click on “connectivity” under the router settings. Then on the top of the page, click on “Internet settings.” The page will show you the “type of internet connection” which you need to modify.
If you are using a standard cable internet service, just leave it on “Automatic Configuration – DHCP.” However, you should enable the “Mac Address Clone” option. To enable it, click on “Apply” by clicking on “Clone my Pc’s Mac.” Unplug the power for 10 seconds, then plug it and wait for at least 30 seconds.
If you have DSL internet service and your company provided you with a PPPoE username and ISP password, modify your internet connection to PPPoE. Type the username and password provided by your company and apply the changes.
If your internet service supplier gave you a static IP address, then modify your type of connection to “Static IP Address” and click “Apply.”
After modifying the settings on your router, connect your computer to the router. If you can browse online successfully, this means that your modem is connected to the modem.
On the left board, click “wireless Tab.” You will have two different options, which are the 2.4 GHz and the 5 GHz. Change their names using two different ones. Type in a password and save the changes.
Finally, connect all your devices to the wireless Wi-Fi connection using the same password you chose earlier.
These are all the steps you need to follow for the first method. Now let’s see how to set up your Linksys router using the smart setup wizard.
How to set up your Linksys WRT3200ACM using a smart setup wizard:
You can also use this method, which is very easy and won’t take much of your time. You can use it even if your Linksys does not have an internet connection and is still in its default settings. You don’t need to use software or set up a CD for this method.
First, start by connecting your modem to the internet port of your router using an Ethernet cable. Then connect to your wireless secured network. You can find wireless credential details on the bottom of the router or in the Quick Start Guide. Make sure to have a strong wireless connection to avoid any problems during the setup.
Then, go to your browser and paste the following link into the navigations bar http://linksyssmartwifi.com. If the page doesn’t load, you can type your router’s IP address 192.168.1.1 or myrouter.local in the navigation bar and click “enter.” Accept the license terms and click next.
If the internet connection is not working, you will get a window showing you this: Your Internet cable is not connected correctly. At this point, follow the steps guide to resolve the troubleshooting connection issue and click next.
If you are a Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) user, the setup will move for the PPPoE account name and password. Type in the required details and click next to proceed.
Automatic updates are activated by default on your router, and we recommend that you deactivate this option for now. Go to the updates for your router window, uncheck Install future router updates automatically (recommended), and click next to proceed.
You can enable it after you log into the router’s configuration menu online. Choose a network name and password, type them in the tabs and click next.
Create a router password by typing it in the Create a router password window and click next to save it. At this point, your router should be set up successfully, and you’ll be able to connect all your devices to it.