Linksys E1200 router setup and troubleshooting

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The initial configuration of Linksys E1200 router is very easy. Like other Linksys routers, open the Linksys router setup page and change the Internet connection settings manually. Definitely, you can run Cisco connect software and install it using the installation software also.

Make the connections to the router. Attach the modem to the Internet port and computer to one of the 4 Ethernet ports on the Linksys router.

Open the setup page of Linksys E1200 router and change the settings manually according to your service provider.

Once you change the Internet connection settings, your main computer will be able to go online. Then change the wireless settings manually and don’t forget to secure your WiFi.

Linksys E1200 router setup without Cisco connect software:

Like other wireless routers, you can install Linksys E1200 router with or without Cisco connect software.

Open the browser and in the address bar type This is the default IP address of Linksys E1200 router. Open the Linksys router setup interface and start changing the settings manually.

For Cable Internet, you will need to clone the MAC address of the main computer. For DSL Internet service, you will need to change the PPPoE settings.

Once you change the Internet connection settings, your main computer will be able to access Internet through E1200. Change the wireless network settings.  Change the name of the wireless network SSID. Change the security settings. make sure that you have a password on the WiFi, otherwise anybody can access your network.

Now one by one, start connecting all the wireless computers and devices to the network. Search for the network, enter the security password and get connected.

Get access to Fix Home Network’s Easy setup Guide and install your Linksys router manually.

Overall Linksys E1200 router is a good entry level N router to buy.

The E1200 is one step down from the E1500. E1200 is an E1500, but without the Speed Boost. Linksys E1200 router is designed to sit flat on a desk and doesn’t have mounting slots on the bottom for wall-hanging. The single Ethernet WAN and four switched Ethernet LAN ports are all 10/100 mbps speed. E1200 does not have USB port for storage drive or printer sharing.

Linksys E1200 is super-easy to use and affordable and makes a good entry-level Wireless-N router for home users. E1200 also does not support IPv6.

 Here is the feature summary:

DHCP, Static, PPPoE, PPTP, L2TP, Telstra Cable WAN types

DHCP server with MAC address reservation

Built-in Dynamic DNS clients for TZO and DynDNS

Single port forwarding and Port Range forwarding and triggered ports

Access Restrictions with 10 deny or allow-based policies, each with its own list of clients and day/time schedule

Wireless Guest Access – Internet-only access with its own SSID, but no security except a common password for all guests and the ability to limit the number of guests from 1 to 10.

 Linksys E1200 router setup using Cisco connect software:

Linksys E1200 router setup
Linksys E1200 wireless router

Cisco E1200 comes with Cisco connect software for initial installation and management.

Before running the Cisco connect software, connect your computer to the Internet modem and make sure that you have active Internet through the modem.

Then connect the modem to the Internet port on Linksys E1200 and computer to port 1 on E1200. You can run Cisco connect software on wireless computer also. But I will recommend you to connect the computer to the Ethernet port to avoid error messages.

Run the Cisco software and it will setup your wi-fi automatically. It will also create a unique secured wi-fi network and a Guest wireless network also. At the end of the program you will be able to see the router settings, network name and password, guest access password. You can also change the settings using Cisco connect software. Guest network is unsecured network and anyone can join the guest network. But no one can access the Internet without a password. That means there is a password for the Guest network also.

You can manage guest settings of E1200 router using the Linksys router setup page also. So it is not necessary to install the Cisco connect software to manage guest network as it was the case with E1000, E2000 and E3000 wireless routers.

What is default password of Linksys E1200 router?

This is the most common question asked about all the routers. Linksys E1200 router default password is admin, leave the user name blank. But if you have installed the Cisco connect software to setup then Linksys E1200 default password must be changed. You can open the Cisco connect software and check the router settings. Your wireless network password will be the password to access the setup page.

Also make sure that your E1200 is running on a latest firmware. Open the configuration page, go to status tab. Check the firmware version on the status page. If it is no new one then download the latest firmware for E1200  and upgrade it.

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20 comments on “Linksys E1200 router setup and troubleshooting

  1. Trying to connect Linksys E1200 wireless router to the new location. Got a new ISP at my new location. It is a cable connection. I can connect the computer directly to the Internet modem and it works fine with that. I tried running the installation disk that came with E1200 router but it is not working either. Did reset the router many times. I think I need to upgrade the firmware as I read that could be the problem.

  2. Thanks for your help. I am satisfied with the service that you offered. I was not able to access Internet through E1200 but when I connected computer directly to the modem, it was working. I upgraded the firmware and changed the advanced settings that you suggested. Now it is working working better than before.

  3. Can not connect to the wireless network on new laptop. Other old laptop is connected and I can access Internet on old one. But the new one has problem connecting to WiFi. I t is running on Windows 7. When I enter the network key, it stays there and says not connected.
    Also want to know the guest network password? I did not install Cisco connect software so I am not sure where to find these settings. When I try to open and it also requires a password. I tried default password admin, but that did not work. How do I find security key.

  4. Can not open the setup page. I want to change the number of Guest users. I have not installed the Cisco connect software. I know the guest access password. I just want to change the number of users.
    I am trying to open the settings page of the router but it is not accepting the log in password. I think I have the correct password. I tried the default password admin, but it not working either. Do I need to reset it now?

  5. Can not connect to the guest network. I can see 2 wireless network. One is with guest in front of it. I have the password. But when I type the password, it does not let me access the Internet. I am just doing some experiments. Not technically savvy when it comes to computers.

  6. Trying to connect indle to the wireless at home. I have the correct wireless security key and still it is not working. All other wireless computers are connected with the same security key. Can I connect my kindle to the guest access?

  7. MY router is sending weak wireless signals. I tried changing the wireless channel but still there is no improvement. The signal is only 2 bar and I am also getting slow Internet speed. Another problem is guest access.

  8. The wireless is not working. I installed the Cisco connect software and got my wired computer working. But the wireless laptop is not working. I have 2 wireless laptops and not able to join my main SSID and guest SSID on both the laptops. Help me

  9. The guest network is not working. I can access the Internet when I connect to the guest network. I entered the correct guest access password but when I open the Internet browser, I get page can not be displayed. The main network is working without any problem. I have not installed the cisco connect software.

  10. My router is dropping the connection to the Internet. If I connect the computer to the modem. It works great but as soon as connect it to the e1200, it will start losing the connection.

  11. Not able to run installation setup CD. I had this router for more than 6 months and it was working fine. Somehow it stopped working and I lost the Internet on all the devices. I want to setup port forwarding for my gaming station. I can not open the setup page because the default password is not working. I will have to reset and reconfigure it.

  12. What is Linksys E1200 default password for guest network. My friend is trying to connect to the guest network and not able to access the Internet. The laptop is connected to the guest network but can not access the Internet. Not sure what to do?

  13. Was looking for Linksys E1200 manual so that I can install my router with the DSL Internet connection. Thanks for your help. My router was out of support and I had to pay $29 for help. Your Network guide is very good. I got it working on all the computers.

  14. Same problem with my router too. Linksys E1200 setup CD is not working. Can I setup guest network access without installation CD. I read that it is not possible with E1000, E2000 and E3000 routers.

  15. The installation setup CD is not working on my old desktop PC. I want my desktop to be main computer and want to install Cisco connect software on PC. When I try to run Linksys E1200 setup CD, get the error operating system is not compatible. Is there any other way to install the software on my main PC.

  16. My LAN works absolutely fine using Ethernet.. My ipad 2 connects to the E1200 but only connects at .5 mbps BUT will upload at 11mb… My service is 40mb down 20mb up.. Clearly a wireless issue. Is there a fix?

    1. Same here. Did you find a solution yet? I just bought this too and it’s a lot slower wireless than connecting via ethernet.

  17. Installation setup CD is not working. Shall I download the software from the Internet? Will that work or do I need to change the settings manually.

  18. Linksys E1200 guest access setup is not working.
    I have opened the setup page and changed the settings manually. I have changed the guest access password but still I can not access Internet when I connect to the guest network. I think E1200 router setup is not done properly. I will reset and reconfigure it.

  19. Need Linksys E1200 manual. I lost the installation CD to set it up. It was working befoer but somehow I can not access the Internet now. If I connect the computer directly to the modem, it works. That means the Internet is working. It is just the router which is not working. I tried to download the Cisco software but that is not working either.

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