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A high-speed internet connection has become a staple in every household. One of the key components of a reliable internet connection is a good internet router. Linksys is credited for pioneering Wi-Fi technology and changing the internet game with the launch of their iconic WRT54G router—all the way back in 1999. While Wi-Fi standards have evolved and gotten complex since then, Linksys modems and routers provide a reliable, secure, and fast way to use Wi-Fi. Today’s high-functionality and high-performing devices need consistent speed—and Linksys routers help home networks achieve it.

An even more integral component of high-speed internet is a reliable internet service provider. CenturyLink takes the cake here. Available in 16 states across the U.S., CenturyLink is a leading high-speed DSL and fiber internet provider. Perhaps the best part is using third-party equipment has never been a struggle with CenturyLink—provided the devices you use are compatible with the internet technology and provider. Read on to find out if CenturyLink is compatible with Linksys!

If you are not sure whether Linksys modems or routers are compatible with CenturyLink, you would be happy to know that you can indeed use your Linksys equipment with CenturyLink internet service. However, it depends on your specific location, Linksys model, and the CenturyLink speed you selected. This is because every modem—even the one that comes with CenturyLink—is built for a specific internet technology and speed range. And so your Linksys modem will only work if it is compatible with the specific speed and technology of your CenturyLink service.

If you need assistance in this regard, CenturyLink has dedicated customer support channels to take care of tech-related issues. All you need to do is call 1-800-244-1111 for questions and concerns related to your CenturyLink services.

Read on to learn how you can set up your Linksys with CenturyLink internet connection!

If you are not tech-savvy, the idea of setting up your router to your internet connection can be frightening. However, the truth is the process of setting up a router is not as complicated as people think. In fact, most Linksys wireless routers are a breeze to install.

That said, since you will not be able to get technical support from CenturyLink for setting up a Linksys or any other third-party device, we can help you through the process. Here is an easy step-by-step guide of how you can set up your Linksys router to a CenturyLink high-speed DSL connection using DHCP.

  • Connect the red Ethernet cable that came with the CenturyLink modem to the back of your router through to the port labeled ‘Internet’.
  • Next, connect one end of the router cable to one of the number ports on your router and the other end to the Ethernet adaptor of your PC.
  • Finally, plug the power cord into your router device.
  • Restart your PC. Open a web browser and type in
  • A window will pop up with an ‘Enter Network Password’ field. You should be able to see your Linksys router model number displayed on this pop-up.
  • On this popup, leave the username section empty and enter ‘admin’ as the password. Select Ok.
  • A Linksys setup screen will pop up. The first field on the setup tab would be ‘Internet connection type’, make sure this field is set to ‘Obtain an IP automatically’
  • Next, change the local IP address setting to
  • Save the settings and restart your computer
  • Once the computer restarts, open your browser to make sure you can browse the internet.

There can be many reasons why you want to use a third-party device with your CenturyLink internet connection. Foremost being that you already have a good router offering greater Wi-Fi coverage and similar speeds like a CenturyLink device. However, if you choose to use a non-CenturyLink device with an internet connection, here are a few things you must know:

  • CenturyLink has a testing and certification process in place for devices they deem compatible with their internet connection. On this basis, they warrant that these devices will work with their internet service. As third-party devices have not been tested, CenturyLink does not provide a warranty for their functionality.
  • With any third-party modem, you will need to reach out to CenturyLink to get credentials—PPoE, vpi/vci, and password—to manually enter to your modem using the GUI.
  • If you experience any issues regarding CenturyLink modem setup with third-party equipment, CenturyLink technical support will not be of much help to you.
  • All CenturyLink-provided equipment is covered under a repair and replacement program. Third-party equipment is exempt from the warranty.

There you Are!

To sum up, you can use a Linksys router with CenturyLink internet. However, keep in mind that the router would not be covered under the repair and replacement warranty CenturyLink provides for its equipment, nor will you be able to receive any technical assistance for a third-party device. If you are just looking around and have not made the purchase yet, we recommend calling CenturyLink Customer Support to check CenturyLink Linksys compatibility. This way you would avoid the inconvenience of purchasing an incompatible device.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does CenturyLink Provide a Router?

Yes, you can rent or buy a router directly from CenturyLink. They offer a modem/router combo or gateway that will connect all your Wi-Fi-enabled devices to the internet seamlessly. If you decide to order a CenturyLink modem setup with their internet service, the provider will choose the perfect gateway for you depending on your specific internet technology and speed.

How Much Does CenturyLink Charge for a Router?

You can rent a CenturyLink modem/router combo for $15/mo. or purchase the latest gateway for $150-$200. CenturyLink offers a 12-month repair and replacement warranty on the purchase of their router/modem combo.

Can I Use a Third-Party Router with CenturyLink?

Yes, you can use a third-party router/modem that is compatible with CenturyLink. For any tech-related questions and concerns regarding your CenturyLink services, reach out to CenturyLink tech-support at 1-800-244-1111.

Can I Replace My CenturyLink Router with a Better One?

Yes, you can upgrade your CenturyLink router if you are due for an update. To see if you are eligible,

  • Go to “the My CenturyLink” account and look for the ‘My Internet’ section under the Home or Services tab.
  • Check if you have gotten an ‘update Modem’ link.
  • Click this link and order the modem online.

However, if you cannot find a link it means you cannot upgrade your modem by ordering online at the moment. You might still be eligible for an update and you can call CenturyLink customer service to confirm this.