Configure Linksys® Router to DHCP
This protocol is used for assigning dynamic IP address to the devices on the network. With help of this dynamic addressing, a device can have a different IP address, every time it connected to the network. Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is an auto configuration protocol. This is used on IP networks. The computers in the network must be configured before they automatically communicate with other computers on the network. This protocol allows a computer to be configured automatically. This method eliminates the need of network administrator. It has also a central database to store the track record of the computers that have been connected to the network. This is helpful for preventing IP conflict problem. DHCP also offers other configuration information, which is the IP address of the local caching DNS resolvers. There are two versions of the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), the one for the IPv4 and the one for IPv6. The use and the name of these two versions are quite similar. But the details with these two protocols are different.
- Connecting to network
- Configuring router
- Improve security
Connecting to network
Linksys router connects to the network by using CAT5 standard cable and has 4 LAN ports available with this router. The corresponding lights associated with this router’s front panel blinks and would show its status. It has simple port settings and other configurations would make its connecting process simple. Then when you set your current network setting to this router, the details of Internet Service providers, the specific host and domain names are entered in DNS configurations.
To configure Linksys router, first launch the web browser of your computer. Then in the address bar, type 192.168.1.1 and press 'Enter' key. Then you would be asked for the password. Enter the default password as 'Admin'. Most of the ISPs use Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) to give out IP address to their customers. ISP provided username and the passwords are entered to screen so as to complete this configuration with Linksys router.
To improve security of Linksys router, you have to change the router default username and the password. With the help of the advanced configuration section of this router, set the Filtered Private Port Range. This is supportive so as to improve the security settings of this router. Its firewall security also offers some security measures with this router. The carefully configured firewall settings would also improve the security.
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