Wireless-N Home Router User Guide WIRELESS WRT150N Model No.
Wireless-N Home Router Copyright and Trademarks Specifications are subject to change without notice. Linksys is a registered trademark or trademark of Cisco Systems, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and certain other countries. Copyright © 2006 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved.
Wireless-N Broadband Router Table of Contents Chapter 1: Introduction Welcome What’s in this User Guide? Chapter 2: Planning Your Wireless Network Network Topology Ad-Hoc versus Infrastructure Mode Network Layout Chapter 3: Getting to Know the Wireless-N Home Router The Back Panel The Front Panel The Top Panel Chapter 4: Connecting the Wireless-N Home Router...
Wireless-N Broadband Router The Administration Tab - Management The Administration Tab - Log The Administration Tab - Diagnostics The Administration Tab - Factory Defaults The Administration Tab - Firmware Upgrade The Status Tab - Router The Status Tab - Local Network The Status Tab - Wireless Appendix A: Troubleshooting Common Problems and Solutions...
Wireless-N Home Router List of Figures Figure 3-1: The Router’s Back Panel Figure 3-2: The Router’s Front Panel Figure 3-3: The Router’s Top Panel Figure 4-1: Connect the Modem Figure 4-2: Connect a PC Figure 4-3: Connect the Power Figure 5-1: Router Login Figure 5-2: Setup Tab - Basic Setup (Automatic Configuration - DHCP) Figure 5-3: Static IP Figure 5-4: PPPoE...
Wireless-N Home Router Figure 5-26: Access Restrictions Tab - Internet Access Policy Figure 5-27: Summary Figure 5-28: List of PCs Figure 5-29: Applications & Gaming Tab - Single Port Forwarding Figure 5-30: Applications & Gaming Tab - Port Range Forwarding Figure 5-31: Applications &...
Linksys recommends using the Setup Wizard on the Setup CD-ROM for first-time installation of the Router. If you do not wish to run the Setup Wizard, then use the instructions in this Guide to help you connect the Router and configure it.
Wireless-N Home Router What’s in this User Guide? This user guide covers the steps for setting up and using the Wireless-N Home Router. • Chapter 1: Introduction This chapter describes the Router’s applications and this User Guide. • Chapter 2: Planning Your Wireless Network This chapter describes the basics of wireless networking.
• Appendix I: Regulatory Information This appendix supplies the regulatory information regarding the Router. • Appendix J: Contact Information This appendix provides contact information for a variety of Linksys resources, including Technical Support. Chapter 1: Introduction What’s in this User Guide?
Wireless-N Home Router Chapter 2: Planning Your Wireless Network Network Topology A wireless local area network (WLAN) is exactly like a regular local area network (LAN), except that each computer in the WLAN uses a wireless device to connect to the network. Computers in a WLAN share the same frequency channel and SSID, which is an identification name shared by the wireless devices belonging to the same wireless network.
Ethernet ports. To add more ports, connect one of the Router's local ports to any Linksys switch. With these, and many other, Linksys products, your networking options are limitless. Go to the Linksys website at www.linksys.com for more information about products that work with the Wireless-N Home Router.
Wireless-N Home Router Chapter 3: Getting to Know the Wireless-N Home Router The Back Panel The Router's ports, where the cables are connected, and Reset button are located on the back panel. INTERNET The Internet port is where you will connect your broadband modem. ETHERNET 1, 2, 3, 4 These ports (1, 2, 3, 4) connect the Router to your wired PCs and other Ethernet network devices.
Wireless-N Home Router The Front Panel The Router’s LEDs are located on the front panel. POWER Green. The POWER LED lights up and will stay on while the Router is powered on. ETHERNET 1, 2, 3, 4 Green. These numbered LEDs, corresponding with the numbered ports on the Router’s back panel, serve two purposes.
Wireless-N Home Router Chapter 4: Connecting the Wireless-N Home Router Hardware Installation 1. Make sure that all of your hardware is powered off, including the broadband modem and PCs. 2. Connect your broadband modem’s Ethernet cable to the Router’s Internet port. 3.
Chapter 5: Configuring the Wireless-N Home Router Overview Linksys recommends using the Setup CD-ROM for first-time installation of the Router. If you do not wish to run the Setup Wizard on the Setup CD-ROM, then you can use the Web-based Utility to configure the Router. For advanced users, you may configure the Router’s advanced settings through the Web-based Utility.
Wireless-N Home Router • Wireless MAC Filter. Wireless access can be filtered by using the MAC addresses of the wireless devices transmitting within your network’s radius. • Advanced Wireless Settings. For advanced users, you can alter data transmission settings on this screen. Security •...
Wireless-N Home Router Status • Router. This screen provides status information about the Router. • Local Network. This provides status information about the local network. • Wireless Network. This provides status information about the wireless network. How to Access the Web-based Utility To access the Web-based Utility of the Router, launch Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator, and enter the Router’s default IP address, 192.168.1.1, in the Address field.
Wireless-N Home Router Static IP If you are required to use a permanent IP address, then select Static IP. Internet IP Address. This is the IP address that the Router has, when seen from the Internet. Your ISP will provide you with the IP address you need to specify here. Subnet Mask.
Wireless-N Home Router PPTP Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) is a service that applies to connections in Europe and Israel only. Server IP Address. This is the IP address that the Router has, when seen from the Internet. Your ISP will provide you with the IP address you need to specify here.
Wireless-N Home Router L2TP Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP) is a service that tunnels Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) across the Internet. It is used mostly in European countries. Check with your ISP for the necessary setup information. Server IP Address. This is the IP address that the Router has, when seen from the Internet. Your ISP will provide you with the IP address you need to specify here.
Wireless-N Home Router Network Setup The Network Setup section allows you to change the Router’s local network settings. Router IP The Router’s Local IP Address and Subnet Mask are shown here. In most cases, you should keep the defaults. Local IP Address. The default value is 192.168.1.1. Subnet Mask.
Wireless-N Home Router DHCP Reservation. Click the DHCP Reservation button if you want to assign a fixed local IP address to a MAC address. You will see a list of DHCP clients with the following information: Client Name, Interface, IP Address, and MAC Address.
Wireless-N Home Router The Setup Tab - DDNS The Router offers a Dynamic Domain Name System (DDNS) feature. DDNS lets you assign a fixed host and domain name to a dynamic Internet IP address. It is useful when you are hosting your own website, FTP server, or other server behind the Router.
Wireless-N Home Router TZO.com E-mail Address, TZO Password, and Domain Name. Enter the settings of the account you set up with TZO. Internet IP Address. The Router’s Internet IP address is displayed here. Because it is dynamic, it will change. Status.
Wireless-N Home Router The Setup Tab - MAC Address Clone A MAC address is a 12-digit code assigned to a unique piece of hardware for identification, like a social security number. Some ISPs will require you to register a MAC address in order to access the Internet. If you do not wish to re-register the MAC address with your ISP, you may assign the MAC address you have currently registered with your ISP to the Router with the MAC Address Clone feature.
Wireless-N Home Router The Setup Tab - Advanced Routing The Advanced Routing screen allows you to configure the dynamic and static routing settings. Advanced Routing If this Router is hosting your network’s connection to the Internet, select Enabled. If another Router exists on your network, select Disabled.
Wireless-N Home Router Show Routing Table. Click the Show Routing Table button to open a screen displaying how data is routed through your local network. For each route, the Destination LAN IP address, Subnet Mask, Gateway, and Interface are displayed. Click the Refresh button to update the information. Click the Close button to exit this screen. When you have finished making changes to this screen, click the Save Settings button to save the changes, or click the Cancel Changes button to undo your changes.
(use any of the characters on the keyboard). Make sure this setting is the same for all points in your wireless network. For added security, you should change the default SSID (linksys) to a unique name. Radio Band. For best performance in a network using Wireless-N, Wireless-G and Wireless-B devices, keep the default, Wide - 40MHz Channel.
Wireless-N Home Router The Wireless Tab - Wireless Security These settings configure the security of your wireless network. There are six wireless security modes supported by the Router: PSK-Personal, PSK2-Personal, PSK-Enterprise, PSK2-Enterprise, RADIUS, and WEP. (PSK stands for Pre-Shared Key, which is a security standard stronger than WEP encryption. WEP stands for Wired Equivalent Privacy, while RADIUS stands for Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service.) For details on configuring wireless security for the Router, turn to “Appendix B: Wireless Security.”...
Wireless-N Home Router PSK-Enterprise This option features PSK used in coordination with a RADIUS server. (This should only be used when a RADIUS server is connected to the Router.) Encryption. Select the algorithm(s) you want to use, TKIP or AES. (AES is a stronger encryption method than TKIP.) RADIUS Server.
Wireless-N Home Router RADIUS This option features WEP used in coordination with a RADIUS server. (This should only be used when a RADIUS server is connected to the Router.) RADIUS Server. Enter the IP address of your RADIUS server. RADIUS Port. Enter the port number of your RADIUS server. Shared Key.
Wireless-N Home Router The Wireless Tab - Wireless MAC Filter Wireless access can be filtered by using the MAC addresses of the wireless devices transmitting within your network’s radius. Wireless MAC Filter To filter wireless users by MAC Address, either permitting or blocking access, click Enabled. If you do not wish to filter users by MAC Address, select Disabled.
Wireless-N Home Router The Wireless Tab - Advanced Wireless Settings This tab is used to set up the Router’s advanced wireless functions. These settings should only be adjusted by an expert administrator as incorrect settings can reduce wireless performance. Advanced Wireless AP Isolation.
Wireless-N Home Router boosts the Router’s ability to catch all Wireless-N and Wireless-G transmissions but will severely decrease performance. Beacon Interval. Enter a value between 20-1000 milliseconds. The Beacon Interval value indicates the frequency interval of the beacon. A beacon is a packet broadcast by the Router to synchronize the wireless network.
Wireless-N Home Router The Security Tab - Firewall The Firewall screen offers a firewall and filters that block specific Internet data types. Firewall Firewall Protection. A firewall enhances network security and uses Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) for more detailed review of data packets entering your network. Select Enabled to use a firewall, or Disabled to disable it. Internet Filter Filter Anonymous Internet Requests.
Wireless-N Home Router The Security Tab - VPN Passthrough The VPN Passthrough screen allows you to allow VPN tunnels using IPSec, L2TP, or PPTP protocols to pass through the Router. VPN Passthrough IPSec Passthrough. IPSec (Internet Protocol Security) is a suite of protocols used to implement secure exchange of packets at the IP layer.
Wireless-N Home Router The Access Restrictions Tab - Internet Access Policy The Internet Access Policy screen allows you to block or allow specific kinds of Internet usage and traffic, such as Internet access, designated services, websites, and inbound traffic during specific days and times. Internet Access Policy Access Policy.
Wireless-N Home Router 7. You can block websites with specific URL addresses. Enter each URL in a separate field next to Website Blocking by URL Address. 8. You can also block websites using specific keywords. Enter each keyword in a separate field next to Website Blocking by Keyword.
Wireless-N Home Router The Applications & Gaming Tab - Single Port Forwarding When you click the Applications & Gaming tab, you will see the Single Port Forwarding screen. You can customize port services for common applications on this screen. When users send these types of requests to your network via the Internet, the Router will forward those requests to the appropriate servers (computers).
Wireless-N Home Router The Applications & Gaming Tab - Port Range Forwarding Port range forwarding sets up public services on your network, such as web servers, ftp servers, e-mail servers, or other specialized Internet applications. (Specialized Internet applications are any applications that use Internet access to perform functions such as videoconferencing or online gaming.
Wireless-N Home Router The Applications & Gaming Tab - Port Range Triggering This screen instructs the Router to watch outgoing data for specific port numbers. The IP address of the computer that sends the matching data is remembered by the Router, so that when the requested data returns through the Router, the data is sent to the proper computer by way of IP address and port mapping rules.
Wireless-N Home Router The Applications & Gaming Tab - DMZ The DMZ screen allows one local user to be exposed to the Internet for use of a special-purpose service such as Internet gaming and videoconferencing. DMZ hosting forwards all the ports at the same time to one PC. The Port Range Forwarding is more secure because it only opens the ports you want to have opened, while DMZ hosting opens all the ports of one computer, exposing the computer to the Internet.
Wireless-N Home Router The Applications and Gaming Tab - QoS Quality of Service (QoS) ensures better service to high-priority types of network traffic, which may involve demanding, real-time applications, such as videoconferencing. QoS (Quality of Service) Wireless Wireless QoS. If you have other devices on your network that support Wireless QoS, keep the default, Enabled. Otherwise, select Disabled.
Wireless-N Home Router Port Range Enter the port range that the application will be using. For example, if you want to allocate bandwidth for FTP, you can enter 21-21. If you need services for an application that uses from 1000 to 1250, you enter 1000-1250 as your settings. You can have up to three ranges to define for this bandwidth allocation.
Wireless-N Home Router Voice Device Enter a Name. Enter a name for your voice device. MAC Address. Enter the MAC address of your voice device. Priority. Select the appropriate priority: High, Medium, Normal, or Low. Click the Add button to save your changes. Your new entry will appear in the Summary list. Summary This lists the QoS entries you have created for your applications and devices.
Wireless-N Home Router The Administration Tab - Management When you click the Administration tab, you will see the Management screen. This screen allows you to change the Router’s access settings and configure the UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) features. You can also back up and restore the Router’s configuration file.
Wireless-N Home Router Allowed Remote IP Address. If you want to be able to access the Router from any external IP address, select Any IP Address. If you want to specify an external IP address or range of IP addresses, then select the second option and complete the fields provided.
Wireless-N Home Router The Administration Tab - Log When you click the Administration tab, you will see the Log screen. It provides you with a log of all incoming and outgoing URLs or IP addresses for your Internet connection. Log. To access activity logs, select the Enabled radio button. With logging enabled, you can choose to view temporary logs.
Wireless-N Home Router The Administration Tab - Diagnostics The diagnostic tests (Ping and Traceroute) allow you to check the connections of your network devices, including the connection to the Internet. Ping Test. The Ping test will check the status of a connection. Enter the IP address or URL of the PC whose connection you wish to test, the packet size (default is 32 bytes), and how many times you wish to test it.
Wireless-N Home Router The Administration Tab - Factory Defaults The Factory Defaults screen allows you to restore the Router’s configuration to its factory default settings. NOTE: Do not restore the factory defaults unless you are having difficulties with the Router and have exhausted all other troubleshooting measures.
The Firmware Upgrade screen allows you to upgrade the Router’s firmware. Do not upgrade the firmware unless you are experiencing problems with the Router or the new firmware has a feature you want to use. Before upgrading the firmware, download the Router’s firmware upgrade file from the Linksys website, www.linksys.com. Then extract the file.
Wireless-N Home Router The Status Tab - Router The Router screen displays information about the Router and its current settings. The on-screen information will vary depending on the Internet Connection Type selected on the Setup screen. Router Information Firmware Version. This is the version number of the Router’s current firmware. Current Time.
Wireless-N Home Router The Status Tab - Local Network The Local Network screen displays information about the local network. Local Network MAC Address. The MAC Address of the Router’s local interface is displayed here. Router IP Address. This shows the Router’s IP address, as it appears on your local network. Subnet Mask.
Wireless-N Home Router The Status Tab - Wireless The Wireless screen displays the status information of your wireless network. Wireless MAC Address. The MAC Address of the Router’s wireless interface is displayed here. Mode. Displayed here is the wireless mode (Mixed, Wireless-N Only, Wireless-G Only, Wireless-B Only, or Disabled) used by the network.
Provided are possible solutions to problems that may occur during the installation and operation of the Router. Read the descriptions below to help you solve your problems. If you can’t find an answer here, check the Linksys website at www.linksys.com.
Wireless-N Home Router • For Windows 2000: 1. Click Start, Settings, and Control Panel. Double-click Network and Dial-Up Connections. 2. Right-click the Local Area Connection that is associated with the Ethernet adapter you are using, and select the Properties option. 3.
Wireless-N Home Router B Open a command prompt. For Windows 98SE and Me: • Click Start and Run. In the Open field, type command. Press the Enter key or click the OK button. For Windows 2000 and XP: • Click Start and Run. In the Open field, type cmd. Press the Enter key or click the OK button. In the command prompt, type ping 192.168.1.1 and press the Enter key.
Wireless-N Home Router 5. I am not able to access the Setup page of the Router’s web-based utility. • Refer to “Problem #3, I want to test my Internet connection” to verify that your computer is properly connected to the Router. •...
Wireless-N Home Router 7. I need to set up online game hosting or use other Internet applications. If you want to play online games or use Internet applications, most will work without doing any port forwarding or DMZ hosting. There may be cases when you want to host an online game or Internet application.
Wireless-N Home Router Follow these steps to set DMZ hosting: 1. Access the Router’s web-based utility by going to http://192.168.1.1 or the IP address of the Router. Go to the Applications & Gaming => Port Range Forwarding tab. 2. Disable or remove the entries you have entered for forwarding. Keep this information in case you want to use it at a later time.
Router to the factory default settings. In other words, the Router will revert to its original factory configuration. 12. I need to upgrade the firmware. In order to upgrade the firmware with the latest features, you need to go to the Linksys website and download the latest firmware at www.linksys.com. Follow these steps: 1.
Wireless-N Home Router 15. I can’t access my e-mail, web or I am getting corrupted data from the Internet. The Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) setting may need to be adjusted. By default, the MTU is set at 1500. For most DSL users, it is strongly recommended to use MTU 1492. •...
Does the Router support any operating system other than Windows 98SE, Windows Millennium, Windows 2000, or Windows XP? Yes, but Linksys does not, at this time, provide technical support for setup, configuration or troubleshooting of any non-Windows operating systems. Does the Router support ICQ send file? Yes, with the following fix: click ICQ menu ->...
How will I be notified of new Router firmware upgrades? All Linksys firmware upgrades are posted on the Linksys website at www.linksys.com, where they can be downloaded for free. To upgrade the Router’s firmware, use the Administration - Firmware Upgrade tab of the Router’s web-based utility.
Wireless-N Home Router more current version of Router firmware will not enhance the quality or speed of your Internet connection, and may disrupt your current connection stability. Will the Router function in a Macintosh environment? Yes, but the Router’s setup pages are accessible only through Internet Explorer 4.0 or Netscape Navigator 4.0 or higher for Macintosh.
Wireless-N Home Router Can the Router act as my DHCP server? Yes. The Router has DHCP server software built-in. Can I run an application from a remote computer over the wireless network? This will depend on whether or not the application is designed to be used over a network. Consult the application’s documentation to determine if it supports operation over a network.
Wireless-N Home Router What is infrastructure mode? When a wireless network is set to infrastructure mode, the wireless network is configured to communicate with a wired network through a wireless access point. What is roaming? Roaming is the ability of a portable computer to communicate continuously while the user and computer are moving freely throughout an area greater than that covered by a single access point.
There are eleven available channels, ranging from 1 to 11, in North America. There may be additional channels available in other regions, subject to the regulations of your region and/or country. If your questions are not addressed here, refer to the Linksys website, www.linksys.com. Appendix A: Troubleshooting...
Wireless-N Home Router Appendix B: Wireless Security Linksys wants to make wireless networking as safe and easy for you as possible. The current generation of Linksys products provide several network security features, but they require specific action on your part for implementation.
This includes hackers. So, don’t broadcast the SSID. Wireless networking products come with a default SSID set by the factory. (The Linksys default SSID is “linksys”.) Hackers know these defaults and can check these against your network. Change your SSID to something unique and not something related to your company or the networking products you use.
These security recommendations should help keep your mind at ease while you are enjoying the most flexible and convenient technology Linksys has to offer. Appendix B: Wireless Security Security Threats Facing Wireless Networks...
Appendix C: Upgrading Firmware The Router's firmware is upgraded through the Web-based Utility's Administration tab. Follow these instructions: 1. Download the firmware from Linksys’s website at www.linksys.com. 2. Extract the firmware file on your computer. 3. Open the Router’s Web-based Utility, and click the Administration tab.
Wireless-N Home Router Appendix D: Windows Help Almost all Linksys wireless products require Microsoft Windows. Windows is the most used operating system in the world and comes with many features that help make networking easier. These features can be accessed through Windows Help and are described in this appendix.
Wireless-N Home Router Appendix E: Finding the MAC Address and IP Address for Your Ethernet Adapter This section describes how to find the MAC address for your computer’s Ethernet adapter so you can use the MAC filtering and/or MAC address cloning feature of the Router. You can also find the IP address of your computer’s Ethernet adapter.
Wireless-N Home Router Windows 2000 or XP Instructions 1. Click Start and Run. In the Open field, enter cmd. Press the Enter key or click the OK button. 2. At the command prompt, enter ipconfig /all. Then press the Enter key. 3.
This glossary contains some basic networking terms you may come across when using this product. For more advanced terms, see the complete Linksys glossary at http://www.linksys.com/glossary. Access Point - A device that allows wireless-equipped computers and other devices to communicate with a wired network.
Wireless-N Home Router DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) - Removes the Router's firewall protection from one PC, allowing it to be “seen” from the Internet. DNS (Domain Name Server) - The IP address of your ISP's server, which translates the names of websites into IP addresses.
Passphrase - Used much like a password, a passphrase simplifies the WEP encryption process by automatically generating the WEP encryption keys for Linksys products. Ping (Packet INternet Groper) - An Internet utility used to determine whether a particular IP address is online.
Wireless-N Home Router RJ-45 (Registered Jack-45) - An Ethernet connector that holds up to eight wires. Roaming - The ability to take a wireless device from one access point's range to another without losing the connection. Router - A networking device that connects multiple networks together. Server - Any computer whose function in a network is to provide user access to files, printing, communications, and other services.
Wireless-N Home Router TKIP (Temporal Key Integrity Protocol) - a wireless encryption protocol that provides dynamic encryption keys for each packet transmitted. Topology - The physical layout of a network. TX Rate - Transmission Rate. Upgrade - To replace existing software or firmware with a newer version. Upload - To transmit a file over a network.
Wireless-N Home Router Appendix G: Specifications Model WRT150N Standards 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.3, 802.3u Ports Power, Internet, Ethernet Button Reset, Security Cabling Type CAT 5 LEDs Power, Internet, Ethernet (1-4), Wireless, Security # of Antennas RF Power 17 dBm (average), 23 dBm (peak)
Wireless-N Home Router Operating Temp. 0° C to 40° C (32° F to 104° F) Storage Temp. -20° C to 70° C (-4° F to 158° F) Operating Humidity 10% to 85%, Non-Condensing Storage Humidity 5% to 90% Non-Condensing Appendix G: Specifications...
Your exclusive remedy and Linksys' entire liability under this warranty will be for Linksys at its option to repair or replace the Product or refund Your purchase price less any rebates.
Wireless-N Home Router Appendix I: Regulatory Information FCC Statement This product has been tested and complies with the specifications for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.
User Information for Consumer Products Covered by EU Directive 2002/96/EC on Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) This document contains important information for users with regards to the proper disposal and recycling of Linksys products. Consumers are required to comply with this notice for all electronic products bearing the following symbol:...
Wireless-N Home Router Appendix I: Regulatory Information...
Wireless-N Home Router Appendix I: Regulatory Information...
Wireless-N Home Router Appendix I: Regulatory Information...
Wireless-G Home Router For more information, visit www.linksys.com. Appendix I: Regulatory Information...
Can’t find information about a product you want to buy on the web? Do you want to know more about networking with Linksys products? Give our advice line a call at: Or fax your request in to: If you experience problems with any Linksys product, you can call us at: Don’t wish to call? You can e-mail us at:...