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How To Connect an iPhone to a Linksys Router

Updated on January 4, 2017

How To Connect an iPhone to a Linksys Router

Here's how I was able to connect my iPhone to my Linksys Router, so that I could get a WiFi connection at home. Yes, it was annoying to figure out, so, I decided to make a guide out of it :)

In this tutorial, I am using an iPhone 4S and a Linksys WRT54G. You will be able to use this tutorial under most other circumstances, though, as the hardware and software to get this done isn't that different amongst other models.

Add iPhone to "Trusted Devices" List

I'm going to assume your Linksys is actually working and is sending out a signal properly. If this is true, the first thing you'll need to do is to add your iPhone to your router's list of trusted devices. First, open up your router's control panel. You can do this by visiting http://192.168.1.1, which is the default router address for all computers.

Next, visit Access Restrictions. On the top is a dropdown for Internet Access Policy. Here, I just picked an un-used number (which happened to be #2, since #1 was being used for my PS3) and named it "iphone" in the Enter Policy Name field -- see below for a screenshot of all of this:

Linksys access restrictions
Linksys access restrictions
Linksys list of PCs
Linksys list of PCs

Next, click that button that says "Edit List of PCs". You should get a screen like the one seen on the right. This is where you'll add the unique 12-digit number assigned to your specific iPhone, called a MAC address.

To find out your iPhone's MAC address, open up "Settings" on your iPhone, then go to "General" and "About." Scroll down until you see "Wi-Fi Address," which should be a 12-digit string of letters and some numbers. This is the one you'll want to type in to the "Edit List of PCs" area in the Linksys area (once again, see the screenshot on your right). Simply type it into "MAC 01" and don't worry about typing in the colons between the pairs.

When done, click "Save Settings" and close the window. Now, you've added a MAC address to your router that will be permitted to receive a signal, and that's half the battle.

Connect the iPhone to the Router Signal

Now that your router recognizes your iPhone as an allowed device, it's time for your iPhone to connect to it. We're almost there!

On your iPhone, go to Settings » Wi-Fi. Here, you'll see a list of all networks being picked up in your area. Your Linksys router should be on there somewhere - hopefully you've named it something so that you can find it easily. Tap the name of your router on this list. It should have a "lock" icon on it, which means you have a secured router that requires a password (if not, I highly recommend you secure your router so that your next door neighbor doesn't leech your bandwidth!)

When you tap your router name, iPhone will ask you for a password. This is where EVERYONE who has this problem gets all of their frustration. Here, you're actually not putting in a password whatsoever. You're actually going to have to type in a WEP Security Key. Go back to your Linksys control panel, to Wireless » Wireless Security:

On this screen, there should be 4 "Keys," but all you'll care about is Key 1. Go ahead and type that long list of characters into your iPhone when it asks you for a password to connect to your router. Be REALLY careful, it's very easy to mistype these kinds of things on an iPhone.

One more thing: you'll never have to type this in again. Also, when you leave your WiFi zone, your phone will just use your data plan for internet connectivity. Then, when you get back home, it will auto-connect to your router once again.

That's it - this should allow you to connect to your iPhone via WiFi connection! It's always a good idea to do this, because any data being used in a WiFi connection is not going to count against your data limit for your monthly phone bill.

Hope this tutorial helped! If you're still having problems, describe them below. If you found this helpful, send it to someone else you know who can't get a home Linksys WiFi connection on their iPhone!

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      Anon 2 months ago

      God bless you and this post

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: this worked for me also, TX

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Awesome! I have the iPhone 4S with the WRT54GL router and I kept trying to enter my wireless router password with no luck. I instead entered the WPA Shared Key (and not 'Key 1' as stated above) when prompted for my password. Then it worked! Thanks again.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have tried so many times and it just will not connect. I have a new Iphone 4S. Need more help please

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Useful lens

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Excellent - worked first time - thanks so much for posting!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks-kept entering password!!!!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      YOU...ARE...MONEY!!! This was perfect and absolutely resolved my issues!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      sorry this is Nancy again. My headers on linksys go from security to application & gaming. where is my access restrictions.Bear with me, I'm old.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, when I go to Linksys I don't see Access Restrictions. The headers on the top go from security to

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Oh my freaking gosh, thank you for this tutorial!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Fay

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow thank you sooo much. Have been so frustrated by this I was about to take my iphone back to the shop and demand a refund!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you kind sir for this most useful information. You have helped to releive a great deal of frustration.

      Barry V

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: It might be left blank in username and "admin" in password

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Maybe trying to turn DHCP server on (enabled) and then using WEP/WPA2/WPA keys to login from your apple device .

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!. We (my husband and I) just got our first Iphone 4s and kept putting in his password but kept saying can not join network. It found the network name, but that was it. I kept finding blogs that said to update firmware , re instal the disk and every other task, but then I came across your tutorial and bam. I did exactly as you said except I hit a little snafu when I got to the wireless security page because he was not on wep, but something else that had the same long number. I put in the key number and it worked for both phones. Hope this was OK? Thank you again, I don't even think an Iphone support person could have helped, but I was about to call them or Lynksys

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a WPA2 Personal not WEP security and if i try to change it it asks me to enter a key for key 1......HELP!!! Not got a clue what any of this means. I try using my password for WPA2 on iphone but the wheel just keeps spinning and it doesn't connect. My husband and I have iphones but only one can connect to network a time but my laptop connects no problem.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      That information was great, and most appreciated!!!! Thank You for the help!!

      Gary

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      If I could only find my username and password to get into the Linksys access restrictions, I think I could do this. I have looked everywhere and have no idea what my username or password is for the router. :-(

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Ditto all others. was up till midnight till I found this tutorial. thanks so much.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Many thanks for this post, It was GREAT and saved me time and money.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Saved me thirty dollars that some foreigner on tech support was gonna charge me to do the same thing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Saved me thirty dollars that some foreigner on tech support was gonna charge me to do the same thing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks very much, this was awesome saving help, YOU ROCK!!!

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      freeship 5 years ago

      Typically you can go to the router/modem page by typing 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.1.254 in a web browser. Some routers have 192.168.0.1-specially those by Cisco Scientific Atlanta Wi-Fi routers.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Awesome! this totally worked. I was really getting frustrated thanks a lot for this post. You the bomb!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      funny, but does not work at all on any Linksys I use

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This was awesome. Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This was awesome. Thanks

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      desa999 lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for this advice I've had problems with setting up routers in the past so this was timely.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens. I enjoyed reading it. I want to thank you for sharing with us fellow squiders. One big thumbs up vote issued!

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      Rantsand 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great lens and info. I agree, linking your iPhone to your router can be a real pain if it doesn't do it automatically.

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