Figure 1 displays the wireless settings on a Linksys EA6500 wireless router. Common configurable wireless parameters include:

Notice that the Linksys EA6500 supports 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radios.

Figure 2 displays the options for the 2.4 GHz radio Network mode. Notice that it can support Mixed, Wireless-N Only, or Wireless-G Only. The Mixed setting provides more flexibility, but it can also slow down communication. For example, if all the wireless clients connecting to the router are using 802.11n, then they all enjoy the better data rates provided. If 802.11g wireless client associate with the AP, then all of the faster wireless client contending for the channel must wait on 802.11g clients to clear the channel before transmitting. However, if all wireless client support 802.11n, then select Wireless-N Only for best performance.

Figure 3 displays the Network mode options for the 5 GHz radio. Notice that it also supports a Mixed setting, along with the Wireless-N Only and Wireless-AC Only settings.

Notice that the Linksys EA6500 does not support 802.11ad.

The Security options listed in Figure 4 are choices of security protocols available on the Linksys EA6500 wireless router. Home users should choose WPA2/WPA Mixed Personal, while business users would typically choose WPA2/WPA Mixed Enterprise. The 5 GHz radio offers the identical choices. The wireless end device must also support the selected security option to associate.

Note: All wireless routers and APs should be secured using the highest available settings. The None or WEP options should be avoided and only used in situations where security is of no concern.

Figure 5 displays the Channel settings for the 2.4 GHz radio. The preferred option to use is Auto; however, a specific channel could be selected if there were other APs or other devices nearby interfering with the channel selected by the router. Although the 5GHz radio also has the Auto option, in the example, it lists a specific channel (153) and channel width.