Cisco Guest network access for Linksys routers

What is Cisco Guest network access ?

Guest network access is a very good feature that you can use with Cisco Linksys E series routers.

For Linksys E1000, E2000, E3000 routers, you need to install Cisco connect software in order to use Guest network access.

For Linksys E1200, E4200, E3200 and new E series router, you don’t need to install Cisco connect software. You can manage Guest access settings using the web Interface of these routers.

Guest network access is NOT unsecured !

So your primary network and the guest access will be different. You will be able to see 2 wireless SSIDs. One is your main SSID which will show you secured wireless access. You can use your family or office computers on this main SSID. Just connect to the main SSID and access the secured wifi Internet.

Now if you have guest coming in, then you can tell them to use the Guest access which will show you as an unsecured network. That computer will not be able to access your main network. They can not connect to the computers in the main network or they can not access the router settings. The guest access will be totally different network. The IP address of the main network will be in the range of 192.168.1.X and the Guest network will be 192.168.33.X (where X may be any number).

Cisco Guest Network access

Cisco Guest Network access

As I said it will show you unsecured guest network and any one can connect to that network. Yes, definitely, anyone can connect to your unsecured guest access. But… but they can not access the Internet. When they will open the Internet browser, it will ask them to enter a password for the guest access. That means guest network is not unsecured network, there is a password protection to access the Internet. You can set up the password using the Cisco connect software. Go to Guest access settings and setup a password. You can also limit the number of computers to access this network. The maximum number of 10 computers can access this network. You can change the number of guest network users. You can not change the guest network name.

How to disable the Cisco Guest network access:

Open the Cisco connect software on your main computer. Click on Guest access settings. Here you will find the option to disable the Guest network access.

You can not use this feature if you do not have Cisco connect software installed. This was the case with Linksys E1000, E2000, E3000 routers. But with the later models of Cisco E4200, E3200, E1200, you can use without installing software also. You can simply open the setup page of router and change the settings.

Cisco guest access using setup page

Cisco guest access using setup page

This feature will work only on 2.4 GHz wireless signal and not on 5 GHz. But sometimes you can see guest network even if you do not use the Cisco connect software. In this case you can reset the router to factory default settings and install the router without the CD.

What is Cisco Guest access password ?

If you are using Linksys E1000, E2000, E3000 then open the Cisco software and go to Guest access option. You will find the Cisco connect guest password.

If you are using Linksys E1200, E3200, E4200 then you can open the setup page and check the wireless settings of the router. If you have installed the Cisco software for these routers then you can open the Cisco connect software and check the cisco guest access password.

The Hardware warranty for the Linksys E series router is 1 year but the Free technical support over the phone will be only for 90 days.

You can setup your router without CD. In this case you may not be able to use the guest network feature for the router E1000, E2000 and E3000.

See How to setup Linksys router without software

The Hardware warranty for the Linksys E series router is 1 year but the Free technical support over the phone will be only for 90 days.

Easy setup guide is designed to work with Linksys wireless router , Netgear wireless router, D Link wireless router and all other brands of routers.

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