Linksys E3000 router setup and troubleshooting steps

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Linksys E3000 router setup

Linksys E3000 router setup is as simple as other Linksys router setup. You can install this model with or without Cisco connect software. However if you want to use Guest network feature, you will need to install Cisco connect software. Linksys E3000 router is a powerful dual band wireless N router for smoother and faster video streaming. It also has a built in USB port to connect the storage device. You can connect USB storage device upto 2 TB to the router and share the drive on all the computers and devices in the network.

Linksys E3000 router setup using Cisco connect software:

This router comes with the Cisco connect software that you can use to install easily. It also has Guest network access. Guest network is a virtual network for the guest computers. The guest network always shows unsecured but it is secured. Anyone can connect to the guest network without a password but it will ask you for the guest password when you try to access the Internet.

Connect the modem and computer to the router. I will suggest you to reset the Linksys E3000 router before initial installation. Put the Linksys router setup CD in the main computer. Cisco connect software will start installing your router automatically.  The software will create a unique wireless network as well as guest network access.

You can not use Guest network without Cisco connect software. That means in order to use Guest network feature of the E3000, you will need to install Linksys E3000 router using CD. If you change any wireless settings manually then Cisco connect software will stop working.

Easy steps to setup Linksys E3000 router without installation CD:

Like other routers, Linksys E3000 router setup can be done manually without installation CD.

Step 1: Connect the main computer directly to the modem and make sure that you can access the Internet through the modem.

Linksys E3000 router
Linksys E3000 router

Step 2: Connect the main computer to the Ethernet port on Linksys E3000 router.

Step 3: Connect the Internet modem to the Internet port on Linksys E3000 router.

You will see 4 lights on the router, power, Internet, wireless and Ethernet.

Now here many of us will make mistakes. The connections are really very important. The computer must be connected to one of the Ethernet ports. If you connect the computer to the Internet port then it will not work. The Internet port should be connected to the modem only. The Internet port is generally standing alone and 4 Ethernet ports are together.

Step 4: Open the Linksys router setup page using is the default IP address of almost all the models of Linksys router. And the default password is admin.

Step 5: Change the Internet connection settings according to your Internet service provider. This is very important. If you are not able to change the settings successfully, your router will not be able to communicate with the modem.

For Cable Internet service, you will need to clone the MAC address of your main computer. For DSL internet service, you may need to change the PPPoE settings or you may need to change the IP address of the router.

Get access to Easy setup Guide and install your router without CD.

Step 6: Once your main computer is able to access the Internet through the modem, change the wireless network settings. Create a new wireless network and connect all the wireless computers and devices to the wi fi network. Don’t forget about Wireless network security. You should secure your WiFi. WEP is old security type and can be cracked easily. I will recommend WPA or WPA2 security type.

Now one by one connect all the computers and devices to the WiFi. Make sure that you are entering correct security key because it is case sensitive.

Remember, if you install your router manually, you will not be able to use guest network.

Linksys E3000 router firmware upgrade:

There are a lot of issues with the initial Linksys E3000 firmware release. Wireless connection dropping is the major problem with E3000. So I will advise you to upgrade/re-flash the E3000 firmware .  After upgrading the firmware, reset it and reconfigure it manually.

Also make sure that there will be enough ventilation around your router because this router heats up quickly.

What is Linksys E3000 router default password?

This is the common question asked for all the routers. For all Linksys wireless routers the default password is admin, leave the user name blank. But in case of E3000, if you install it using Cisco connect software, the default password will change. You can find the router password and wireless network password on Cisco connect software interface.

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.

Use Fix Home Network’s Easy setup Guide for easy Linksys router setup. It is designed to work with almost all the models of Linksys routers and it is absolutely free. Install Linksys E3000 router in few minutes.

18 comments on “Linksys E3000 router setup and troubleshooting steps

  1. Thanks for your help. I am satisfied with the service that you offered. I was not able to access Internet through E3000 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.

  2. How do In setup Linksys E3000 router without installatopn CD?
    I am not interested in using Guest network access. I just wanna get this box working as soon as possible. I have been running this stupid cisco software for 2 hours and it is not finding my router. Sick of this installation. Now decided to installa it manually. The manual is also useless. need some help.

  3. Cisco softwared is not working. I can access Internet on all my computers without any problem. I installaed the Cisco software on my main PC which is connected with the cable to the router. I want to change the guest password but when I open the Cisco connect software, it says router not found.

  4. Can not connect to the wifo on my ipad. I have my laptop and one PC connected and I have the correct security key. When I try to connect to WiFi on iPad, it is not asking for the security key. I use the same password on other devices. But the main problem is that it is not asking for the password. Is there any place to add the password manually. I think the WiFi setup on iPad is not working properly because I had the same problem when I was at my friend’s home.

  5. Trying to connect kindle to the wireless so that I can access Internet. I have the correct security key but kindle is not takng it. All my other devices are connected with the same security key and they can access the Internet. Can I connect my kindle to the guest access. I have the guest passsword too. But never used guest network before.

  6. I am having hard time connecting my ipad to the wifi . I can see my wifi but it is asking me for the security key. I am not sure where to find the security key from. Also I can not join the guest access either.

  7. Can not connect to the wireless on my kindle. I have E3000 and it is setup properly because I can access Internet on my other computers and gaming station. It is just the kindle which I am not able to join the wifi. I can not even get on guest access. The cisco connect software is installed and I can see the guest password as well.

  8. The setup disc was not working. Finally got it installed manually. Also now I cannot use guest network access because I did not install the cisco connect software. I would like to use the guest network access. Is there anyway to use it ?

  9. Linksys E3000 router setup is very easy if you do it manually. I will always prefer to setup manually. E3000 guest network access is not necessary. I think it is a trouble instead of a good feature.

  10. E3000 default password is not working. I just bought new Kindle and trying to connect kindle to wifi. I don’t know the password of my wireless network. When I try to open the setup page, it asks me for the password which I don’t know. All my other computers are working and I don’t want to reset it to factory defaults. Is there a way to open the setup page. I also want to upgrade firmware for better wireless connection.

  11. What is default password for guest network access? I have a password which is not working. Where can I find the guest access password. I don’t remember that I have installed the Cisco software on any of my computer. How come the guest network is available if I have not installed the software. According to the manual the guest access can be installed only with the Cisco software, Right?

  12. What is E3000 default password? I had been using this model for more than a year without any problem. I want to change some settings on the network and that is why I am trying to access the setup page using It asks me for the router password which I am sure that I never changed from default. I did not install the software. Now I can not access the settings page. I think I need to reset it to factory default. I also need steps for firmware upgrade.

  13. I can access the setup page E3000 but can not save any settings. The wireless connection is dropping on my router and I believe my manual setup is not working properly because if I take my laptop to my friend’s home, it works without any problem. And at my home, I face the dropping issue on all my computers and wifi devices. I tried to change the advanced wireless settings but that did not fix the issue. Do I need firmware upgrade? Do I need to change the Linksys E3000 default password settings so that no one can change the settings except me.

  14. What is Linksys E3000 default password?
    I have been trying to access setup page so that I can make some changes with the security password but I can not access the E3000 manual. One more thing that I did not install Cisco connect software. Do I need to upgrade firmware on E3000?

  15. Where do I find the guest access password ? I bought this model a long time back. I have all my computers working and able to access Internet. One of friend want to connect to the guest access. He is able to join the guest access but now it is asking for guest password. I am not sure what is the guest password as I installed this device way back. When I try to open the Linksys E3000 setup page, it asks me for user login details which I don’t know either.

  16. I had many problems with E3000 firmware. The wireless connection is dropping regularly. Also sometimes I was not even able to change the settings. Means I could open the manual setup page and change the settings but the settings were not saving. I tried upgrading firmware but still having many issues. Each time I lost the connection, I have to reset it and reconfigure it manually.

  17. This model has a lot of issues with the connection if the configuration is not correct. Make sure that you have upgraded the firmware to the latest one otherwise you will face many difficulties. What is Linksys E3000 default password? The Linksys E3000 default password is admin but if you have used cisco connect software for the setup then login password might be different. You can open the cisco software and check the settings.

  18. My router is not worrking. I am not able to connect to the wireless network on my new laptop. I have other wireless computers connected and working. How do I connect my new laptop? I can see the network and it shows connected but I can not access the internet. When I connect with the ethernet cable, it just works fine.

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