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 192.168.1.1. 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.
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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:
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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