What Is Linksys Easylink Advisor?
by Lauren Miller
Linksys Easylink Advisor software is available for users of computers that run Windows XP or later. You can install the software from a disc included in the router's packaging or download it from Cisco’s Linksys website. If you initially installed the software on a computer that runs XP or Vista and you upgrade your computer to Windows 7, you must update the LELA software. The software update will also upgrade your router’s firmware -- the software embedded in the device.
After you finish installing LELA, you receive a prompt to run setup wizards. You can choose to add devices, set up a wireless network or install network security software. If you choose to add devices, a wizard runs to help you connect wired or wireless computers to the router. If you choose the "Go Wireless" option, a wizard runs to help you configure a wireless network. Choosing the "Home Network Defender" option runs a wizard to install antivirus software on your computer.
When you are running the "Go Wireless" wizard, you will have the opportunity
to name your network and select a security protocol. You can choose to secure your network with either WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) or WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) security. However, as of the date of publication, technology experts do not consider WEP a sufficiently secure option for protecting networks. Once you choose the network security protocol, you will set a passkey for the network.
After you finish setting up your network, you can monitor it and perform maintenance functions. LELA creates a desktop icon and a program group in the list of programs on your Start menu. The software has a network map tool so you can have a visual representation of the network and all of its devices. You will be able to see network connections via colored lines connecting the device icons to the router icon. A solid green icon means an Ethernet cable connection is working. A dotted green line means a wireless connection to a device is working. A gray line means a previously connected device is not detected. A red line means that there is no Internet connection.