Linksys BEFW11S4 Wireless-B DSL Router ,Possible to configure as WIRED?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Mechz, Aug 16, 2006.

  1. Mechz

    Mechz LI Guru Member

    Is it possible to setup the Linksys BEFW11S4 Wireless-B Cable/DSL Router as a wired router. I dont have a need for wireless you see,I got this router free from my ISP provider and never needed it.

    I was using the BEFSR41 Router,but it seems to have burn out.I purchased a dynex dx-e401 but it cant handle Emule or torrents,it overloads,so I want to finaly put this router to use.

    So Im assuming it is possible to use it as a regular wired router,but maybe Im wrong,if it is possible could you point me towards a tutorial or the like? Appreciate it. :thumbup:

    thanks for any info.If not maybe I'll try to sell it and buy another befsr41.
  2. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Yes, you can; the router has 4 LAN ports just like a wired router. However, according to the manual, the router may not provide a function to turn off wireless, in which case you can configure the router to use the strongest wireless security encryption possible so no one can connect to it wirelessly without the network key and leave it at that.
  3. Mechz

    Mechz LI Guru Member

    I had a question, If I removed the antennas(they screw off very easily) would that seriously hinder my wireless connection being broadcast?

    hopefully it does.:thumbup:

    but thats just as an extra measure,i have the software configurations in place i think.
  4. ButtonRing

    ButtonRing Guest

    It sounds like you are both paranoid and non-technical. There is no need to remove the antennas to protect your network. In Firmware Version: 1.52.02 you can disable broadcasting by going into your router administration "Wireless" then click disabled next to the "Wireless" label. Also click disabled for "Wireless SSID Broadcast"

    Removing the antennas will not only void your unlikely warranty, but will also upset the next person who ends up with the thing when they can't find the antennas you misplaced... You might want to offer the thing in trade to someone who has an extra router that's not wireless.
  5. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Good to know one can now disable the wireless function on the firmware - the action to disable SSID Braodcast becomes redundant; in any case it is not a security feature.
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