|Linksys Etherfast Cable/DSL Routers|
|A popular device for home cable modem and DSL networks|
Linksys manufactures a type of networking device officially named the "Instant Broadband™ EtherFast Cable/DSL Router." Linksys has produced several different models in this line, although all of them offer related capability. Many people simply use the generic term Linksys router to refer to this product family.
The cost of a Linksys router varies but entry-level models list for less than $100 USD. At these very competitive prices, the Linksys router is a worthwhile addition to many home and small business networks.
Linksys Router Configuration
In networking, nearly all hardware and software requires some form of configuration. The Linksys router is no exception. After plugging in power and network cabling, a number of Linksys settings must be applied by the network administrator. Settings include the external (public or WAN) addressing for the cable or DSL service including Domain Name System (DNS) server addresses and PPPoE entries for DSL providers that require it.The Linksys uses a built-in Web server to simplify its configuration. Once the hardware has been connected and powered on, the Linksys administrative interface is reached initially by accessing the well-known internal IP address 192.168.1.1:
The Linksys router historically has undergone frequent updates to its firmware. Beginning with version 1.30, Linksys added a remote administration feature to the product. Instead of reaching the built-in Web server from the internal LAN address, an administrator can access the Linksys router configuration page at its external address on port 8080, such as
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