Cisco has launched new software for its new Linksys E series and Cisco Valet routers such as E1000, E2000, E3000, E4200 which is also known as Cisco connect software. Cisco connect software will make your network setup very easy. It can transform anyone into networking expert and it will make Linksys router setup easy and comfortable.
This software has unique features of Guest network access and Parental control.
Linksys E series router has only 90 days of free technical support. If your router is more than 90 days old then you will not get free technical support.
You can setup this router on your own. You just need some simple steps.
You can use the Cisco connect software for the initial Linksys router setup as well as to monitor the network.
E1000 Router setup using Cisco connect software:
If you are running the software for the first time it will ask you to connect the modem to the router. But will not ask you to connect the computer to the router. However it will be better if you connect the computer to the router with an Ethernet cable. Otherwise it will not find the router and you will get the error “we did not find your router”.
Run the program and at the end it will connect you to the Internet. You don’t need to do anything. The software will do all the settings on its own. It will also create the new wireless network with the unique name and password. Your wireless network name will be fully name like the name of fruit or animal with color for example white monkey or anything else. You will get all the wireless settings at the end of the installation. You can later change the SSID and the security key.
It is recommended that you should change the basic wireless settings using the Cisco connect software and not the router web based utility. If you change the security settings using web based utility then the software will no longer work. Also the Cisco connect software is not compatible with WEP security settings.
If you do not have the installation software then you can download Cisco connect software from Linksys website. Make sure to select proper model number.
Linksys E1000 setup without Cisco connect :
You can setup Linksys E1000 router without the Cisco connect software also. You just need to open the Linksys router setup page and change the settings manually. Setup page is the page where you can change the settings of the router manually.
Linksys E1000 manual setup is very easy.
Connect the main computer to the Ethernet port and modem to the Internet port. Check the light status. You will 4 lights turned on.
Make sure that you are connecting the computer to one of the Ethernet ports on the router and not to the Internet port. The modem should be connected to the Internet port. If you connect the computer to the Internet port on the router, then it will not get IP address from the router and you will not be able to configure it.
The default IP address of E1000 is 192.168.1.1. Open the Internet browser and in the address bar type 192.168.1.1 which will open the Linksys router setup page.
Change the Internet connection settings so that your main computer will be able to access the Internet. If you are using Cable Internet service then you will need to clone the MAC address of the main computer. If you are using DSL Internet service then you will have to change the PPPoE settings.
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Once your main computer is able to access Internet, create a new wireless network for your wifi devices. Connect all your wireless computers and devices to the new wireless network.
You will not be able to use Cisco guest network access without Cisco connect software.
You can setup your Linksys E1000 router without connecting the computer with an Ethernet cable. Reset it to the factory default settings. Now, search for the wireless network on your wireless computer. You will see your wireless network name as “ciscoABCDE “where A, B, C, D, E will be the last 5 digits of the serial number on your router. Check the last 5 digits of the serial number serial number at the bottom of your router. Connect to that wireless network. The default password for that network will be “password “. Once you connect to the wireless network, you can set up your router. Again you can run the CD.
Once you install the Cisco connect software, you will find this software under all programs on your windows computer. When you open the software, you will get 4 options there.
- Computer and Devices. You can create Easy setup key to connect other computer to the wireless network easily.
- Parental control: you can restrict the Internet access for a particular tile. Click here
- Guest access settings: Here you can manage your guest access settings. Click here
- Advanced settings: You can change the name of the network or security settings. Also you can open the router setup page.
What is Linksys E1000 default password?
If you reset the router to factory default settings then the Linksys E1000 default password will be admin. But if you ran the CD and installed the Cisco connect software then your wireless network key will be the password to access the Linksys E1000 setup page. You can use the same network key to access the router setup page.
What is Cisco connect guest password ?
To find the Cisco connect guest password, you will need to open the cisco connect software. You can not install guest network without installing cisco software. Open Cisco connect software and go Guest network settings. There you will find the cisco connect guest password.
If you are facing connection dropping issues then I will suggest you to upgrade the firmware. Download the latest firmware from Linksys website and upgrade it. After upgrading the firmware, reset the router and reconfigure it from the start.
Use Fix Home Network’s Easy setup guide for Linksys router setup. This guide will help you setup and troubleshoot your Linksys E1000 router without Cisco connect software.