How To Connect a Linksys Router to a Motorola Modem

November 2016


This article will explain how to connect a Linksys wireless router to a Motorola fixed cable modem for wireless connectivity. Please note that in order to proceed with the connection, all previous network connections may have to be deleted. In addition, the router and modem may have to be reset to factory settings for the connection to properly take effect.

How To Connect a Linksys Router to a Modem

Before configuring your router, ensure that your Linksys router is physically connected to your computer via an Ethernet cable. The router should also be properly configured (this can be confirmed by a successful ping command). In the case of any issues, the Linksys tftp.exe program may be used to load the router with the latest firmware.

To get started, power down all computers, the router, and the modem. Next, unplug them from the wall and disconnect all wires from the router.

Power up the router and allow it to fully boot. This process should take about 1-2 minutes. Once booted, press and hold the reset button for 30 seconds. Release the button and let the router reset and reboot. This should take about 2-3 minutes.

Now, power down your router and connect your computer via wire to Port 1 on the router. Do NOT connect this to the internet port.

Power up the router and again allow it to fully boot (1-2 minutes). Once the router is up, power up your computer, making sure that your wireless card (if available) is off.

Attempt to ping your router. You can do this by clicking on Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt.

A black DOS box will appear. Enter
ping 192.168.1.1
and hit Enter. A short message will appear that either begins with, "Reply from ... " or "Request timed out." The "Reply from" message signals that your computer has recognised your router.

Next, open your browser and navigate to 192.168.1.1. This will take you to your router's login page. Leave the username field blank and enter Admin into the password field. This will take you to your router's setup page. Make a note of the firmware version number. The number is usually listed in the upper right corner of your screen. Now exit your browser.

Now try the setup disk, and see if you can get your router set up and working. You may also elect to set up your router manually.

If the Reply from message is still not appearing, your router is either broken, or your firmware is corrupt. In this case, we recommend trying the Linksys tftp.exe program to reload your router with more updated firmware. After reloading the firmware, repeat the above procedure beginning with step 1.

Reset Linksys Router to Factory Settings

To restore the factory settings of your Linksys router, press down on the reset button for about 10 seconds, and then release it. Once the lights stop blinking, your unit should be ready. If you have previously changed your router's default password (most often times the factory password), the password will have to be reset. Refer to your user manual to proceed.


If your router is configured to your ISP settings, note that you may lose connection until your unit is again set up. Once you reset your unit, note that you will need to log in and reconfigure your router. You can do this by connecting your router to a PC via one of the Ethernet ports and navigating to http://192.168.1.1/. The URL will lead you to a pop up box where you will enter your username and password to log in to your router.

The Linksys default password for the older routers is "admin." The username is blank. Newer routers tend to use "admin" as both the username and password. Once you move past the login screen, it's now possible to reconfigure the router. Head to management tab to change your administrative password. We recommend that you enable your WAP or WEP security to curb unauthorized access to your wireless network.

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