How to setup linksys router wrt54g?

I purchased a Linksys WRT54G wireless router (version 4) from amazon and when it arrived in the mail, there was no CD with it. I thought it was a new router but I think it must have been used as it has a goodwill price tag on the underside of it. How do I get this router to send a wireless signal throughout my house without the CD?

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  1. Begin setup of your Linksys Wireless Router by first plugging in the power. Give it 10 seconds or so to initialize and then plug an ethernet cable into your wall jack and into the port on the back of the router marked Internet. Next get another ethernet cable and plug one end into your laptop and the other into one of the ports labeled 1-4 on the router. Your computer is now properly connected to the router to begin its setup and configuration.
  2. Next open a web browser window on the connected computer and type https://192.168.1.1 into the address bar and press enter. A window will pop up prompting you for a username and password to access the configuration page for your router. Enter admin for both the username and password.
  3. You should see the Setup page shown below.
  4. On this screen you should change the Router Name from its default value to something unique so that your Base Station will not be confused with another. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save Settings then click Continue when the Settings are successful dialog is displayed.
  5. Next click on the Wireless tab at the top of the settings screen. Change the Wireless Network Name (SSID) from the default value to something unique (you can use the same name you set as your Router Name in the previous step. Then Disable the Wireless SSID Broadcast option and click Save Settings and then Continue when the settings are successful dialog is displayed.
  6. Now click on the Wireless Security subsection at the top of the page. In order to password protect your wireless network first use the Security Mode dropdown box to select WEP and then from the WEP Security dropdown box select 128 bits 26 hex digits. Choose a password between 6 and 8 characters and type it into the Passphrase box. Then click Generate. Finally click Save Settings and then Continue when the Settings are successful dialog is displayed. You may also select WPA encryption however not all network cards support this so check your documentation first.
  7. Next click on the Wireless MAC Filter subsection at the top of the page. Then Enable the Wireless MAC Filter option and select the option to Permit only PCs listed to access the wireless network. Click on the Save Settings button at the bottom of the Filter List window and then Continue.
  8. Now click on the Edit MAC Filter List button to pop up a new window (shown below) where you will enter the MAC Address also known as Physical Address for each computer that you will be using to connect to your wireless network. If you don't know how to get this information follow the steps here. Once you have finished click the Save Settings button at the bottom of the Filter List window and then Continue when the Settings are successful dialog is displayed. You may now close the Mac Address Filter List window.
  9. Finally click on the Administration tab at the top of the page. Change the default password for accessing your wireless router setup pages by typing a new one into the Router Password field and then confirming it. This should be a different password than the one you setup for WEP encryption but should also be atleast 6 to 8 characters in length. Click the Save Settings button at the bottom of the Filter List window and then Continue when the Settings are successful dialog is displayed.
  10. If you encountered any problems during this configuration procedure please consult the manual that was included with your router or contact the manufacturer. 11. Your Linksys Wireless Router is now secure.

The Linksys routers use a web browser as an interface so it's pretty easy to work with. * First navigate your browser to 192.168.1.1 (type this where you would normally enter a url like www.google.com) * Enter your password (there is no user name) * I'm running Firmware v4.30.5 so your screen might look slightly different but look for the wireless tab on the dashboard. * After you've clicked on the Wireless tab look for the Wireless Security sub-tab. This might be confusing because you have to resist the temptation to click on the Security tab above that! * On the Wireless Security page: --> Set the Security Mode to WPA Personal --> Set the WPA Algorithms to TKIP --> Enter a COMPLEX password for WPA Shared Key. A complex password is at least 8 characters is not a normal word that could ever be looked up in a dictionary should contain letters numbers lower and upper case characters. Including non-alpha numeric characters will improve the security of your password. Make sure you make a note of this password! Note that for the screenshot below I didn't show my Password but when you type it in it will be visible so keep that in mind if there are people around! --> Leave the Group Key Renewal at 3600 seconds --> Click on Save Settings --> You are now secure. Keep one more thing in mind. Occasionally it's necessary to reboot a router when things just stop working by unplugging or pushing in the reset button on the back when things get hinky. Make SURE you go back in to this control panel and make sure your router password AND your WPA password are restored. They WILL be erased if the router is reset!

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