How to Increase the Wi-Fi Signal on the Linksys WRT160N

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The WRT160N is a member of the midrange family of consumer-class routers produced by Linksys, which is a subsidiary of Cisco. WRT160N routers support the 802.11n wireless standard over the 2.4 GHz band. 802.11n increases the speed and wireless signal range over the previous 802.11g and 802.11b wireless standards. You can increase the Wi-Fi signal on a WRT160N by ensuring the fastest settings have been configured in the Web-based administrative interface.


  1. Open a Web browser, and then type "" without quotes into the address bar. Press "Enter."

  2. Leave the username blank, and then type "admin" for the password.

  3. Click the "Wireless" link.

  4. Change the "Network Mode" setting to "Wireless-N Only."

  5. Change the "Channel Width" setting to "Auto (20MHz or 40MHz)."

  6. Click "Save Settings" to apply the changes. This requires all wireless devices to support the 802.11n wireless standard only, but guarantees the fastest possible wireless speed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure the router is free from electromagnetic interference. For example, don't place the router near large metal objects, such as filing cabinets, or near fluorescent lights.


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