Linksys E2500 router setup

Linksys E2500 router setup is as easy as other Linksys router setup procedure. You can install this router with or without installation CD or the Cisco connect software. E2500 guest access can be managed using setup page . There is no need to install the Cisco software to create guest access which was necessary for E1000, E2000, E3000 routers.

Follow the steps below to for Linksys E2500 router setup without CD or using Cisco connect software.

Linksys E2500 router setup without CD:

Like other Linksys routers, connect the modem and computer to the router with the Ethernet cable. Check the status of lights.

Open the Internet browser and in the address bar type This is the default IP address of Linksys E2500. Open the Linksys router setup page and start changing the Internet connection 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.

Read How to change Internet connection settings manually.

Once you change the Internet connection settings, your main computer will be able to access Internet through E2500. Now next step will be changing the wireless network settings.  Change the name of the wireless network SSID. Secure the wireless network by changing security settings and make sure that you have a password on the WiFi, otherwise anybody can access your network.

Read how to secure WiFi 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.

Read easy steps to connect to WiFi on Windows and MAC

Features of Linksys E2500 router:

Linksys E2500 router setup

•  Linksys E2500 router is Dual-Band wireless N router (2.4 & 5 GHz)
•  It has 4 Fast Ethernet 4 ports
•  Fast Wireless network speed up to 300 + 300 Mbps
•  It has additional antenna for extended coverage

The E2500 Advance Dual-Band N Router is a simultaneous dual-band router that lets you access the Internet via wireless connection or through its four-port switch.  It has four (4) internal antennas.  This wireless-N router comes with the latest version of Cisco Connect software that allows you to manage your Wi-Fi easily.  It also has Guest access and Parental controls feature in the web-based setup page.

E2500 is a simultaneous dual band that means you can use both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless at the same time. That means using this router you can have 3 different wireless networks at a time, 2.4 GHz, 5GHz and guest access. Cisco guest network access works on 2.4 GHz.

Enhanced security features are included to help protect your data and privacy while connected online.  These are:

  • Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) security provides encryption for data on your wireless network.
  • Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) Firewall Protection blocks unwanted access to your Linksys E2500.
  • Network Address Translation (NAT) technology protects and allows your entire network to access the Internet using a single Internet IP address.

Linksys router setup is easy using the latest version of Cisco Connect software.  Configuring its advanced settings is available through the router’s web-based setup page.

Linksys E2500 router setup using Cisco connect software:

Connect the main computer directly to the modem and make sure that your main computer is able to access Internet directly through the modem. Connect the Internet modem to the router and main computer to E2500 with the Ethernet cable. Insert the E2500 setup CD into the main computer and run the Cisco connect software. Cisco connect software will install your network automatically. It will create unique SSID name and security settings. At the end of the installation you will find the settings on cisco connect software screen. Cisco software will also configure the Guest access settings and guest password.

You can run Cisco connect software on a wireless computer also however I will advise you to connect the computer with the Ethernet cable.

What is Linksys E2500 router default password?

This is the most common question asked about routers. Linksys E2500 router default password is admin , leave the user name blank. However if you have installed the Cisco software then default password will be the wireless network key. Open the Cisco connect software and go to Router settings. You will find Router name and password.

If you have not installed the Cisco connect software then you can reset the router to factory default settings. Use admin as a password to access the setup page manually.

NOTE:  For a more stable Internet connection using the 5 GHz wireless connection, upgrade your router’s firmware to its latest version. Open the Linksys router setup page. Go to status tab and check the firmware version on your E2500. If it is not the latest one then download the latest firmware from Linksys website and upgrade it.

I will advise you to use Fix Home Network’s Easy setup Guide for the initial Linksys router setup as well as troubleshooting all the router and wireless connection issues.

17 comments on “Linksys E2500 router setup and default password

  1. linksys e2500 suddenly stopped working with blinking light.
    We have a linksys e2500. today it was working fine at first and then suddenly i came back and found that the wi-fi was not working and the router had a blinking light; i tried restarting it and stuff but it didnt work and always had a blinking light. so I tried to reset it but that didn’t work. after that I tried connecting to it through ethernet and I got “Management Mode Firmware Upgrade”… so I downloaded the latest firmware for my router and tried to upload it to the router but nothing happens. I don’t know what to do now; nothing works.

  2. Linksys E2500 router not working.
    Can’t connect to Internet on E2500. I can see that my E2500 router is giving out a strong wireless signal but can’t seem to get any internet sites to load. I have wired my computer to my router and can log into the router configurations (both wirelessly and wired) but still can not load any internet sites. I know it’s not my internet coming into the house because other ethernet ports in the house work fine to surf the net. Have upgraded the firmware to Ver.1.0.07 which took as it should and I have customized my wireless setting and see those have taken effect but still I am not able to load other sites. I have also reset the router during my troubleshooting but still it didn’t make a difference.

  3. Having issues with the WiFi connection on my new laptop and one of my friend’s laptop too.
    I am trying to add my new windows 7 laptop to my existing WiFi and it does not connect. It is finding the SSID and also asks for the network security key. But when I type the key in, it stays there for a minute and disconnects automatically. I am doubtful about the network key and want to check the key. When I try to access E2500 router setup page, it ask me for router password, which unfortunately, I don’t know. I tried the default password admin which did not work.
    Another problem is that my friend can not connect his laptop to the Guest network access. I mean, he can connect but can not get Internet.

  4. Guest network access is not working. I have a firend with me and he is trying to join guest access. Actually he is able to connect but not able to get on the Internet. He has entered the guest password also but still nothing is happening.

  5. The default password of Linksys E2500 is admin. But I can not open the setup page with this password. I tried to reset it many times but I think I am not doing it properly. The power light is not blinking when I press the reset button. I have not installed Cisco connect software. Is there any other way to open the setup page?

  6. Can not setup my router using installation CD. I have my old XP desktop connected to the router but when I try to run the cisco connect software, it says the operating system is not supported. I have a laptop but it does not have Ethernet port to connect to the router. What are the options now?

  7. The guest network is not working. I can join the secured access and able to get on the Internet. I can connect to the unsecured guest access but can not get on the Internet. The guest password is not working.

  8. Can not connect to the guest SSID. I have a friend with me and he is trying to join the guest access. He is connected but not able to go on the Internet. Entered the correct guest password but nothing is happening.

  9. I am not able to connect to the Internet if I use router. If connect the computer directly to the modem, I can access the Internet. But if I put the wireless in between the modem and the computer, I lose the Internet. I am using AT&T DSL connection and ISP says that their modem is working.

  10. Firmware upgrade can help you better than advanced settings. This is what my experience is. I was not able to stay on the Internet for more than 5 minutes. The connection was very intermittent. I updated the firmware and reconfigured the network. Now it is ok and much faster. The guest access is also working without any issues.

  11. I have the same model E2500 and the guest network access is not working. Also the wireless connection is dropping. I have not installed the installation software. Need help in fixing wireless issues.

  12. I was trying to run cisco setup disc and it did not work on my old laptop. I installed the network without CD. Opened the setup page and changed the settings manually. I think this is the best way of installation. Thanks for the help…

  13. E2500 guest access password is not working. I have cisco software installed and I can see the guest access password. I can connect to the guest network but where do I enter the guest access password? It is not asking for the password.

    1. My family and I have had this router now for about 3 months. It was supposed to be one of the best on the market at the time I purchased it. Well, I don’t believe that at all! My son plays on Xbox live and it is so slow when it comes to gaming. When he is on the game and someone else in the house goes onto the computer/internet, we are constantly getting disconnected. Would not recommend if you are a gamer and have a family that will be using the internet at the same time.

  14. Good information about E2500 router setup. I got my E2500 working again. It was working before but pressed the reset button accidently. I had the installation CD but it did not find the E2500 router. Changed the settings manually and got it working. Thanks. Your Easy setup guide is very helpful.

  15. I installed E2500 using installation CD. The software is opened and I can see the password under settings. I tried to open the setup page using the Advanced settings button but it is not opening the page. I tried to open the page using but the network key is not accepted as a password. How can I open the setup page? I want to open some ports.

  16. I am trying to install E2500 without installation CD. I did reset it many times but I can not access the setup page to change the settings manually. The E2500 default password is not working. I can not even run the CD because it says the device not found.

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