Initial setup of Linksys E900 wireless broadband router could be just like other Linksys router setup without installation software. It is very easy and you can install it with or without using Cisco connect software. Linksys E900 Wireless-N300 router is a high-speed single-band wireless router with IPv4/IPv6 dual-stack support. E900 allows you to share network resources to various wired and wireless devices such as laptops, mobile devices and gaming consoles. The E900 also features security functions such as the SPI firewall to help protect your data and privacy online.
Linksys E900 router Features:
• Wireless-N technology – High speed (up to 300 Mbps) for fast wireless transfer rates
• 2.4 GHz radio frequency.
• 2×2 Transmit/Receive function
• 2 internal antennas – Built with MIMO antenna technology for good wireless coverage.
• 4 Ethernet ports 10/100 Mbps – Fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbps) ports to connect wired devices to the network
• IPv4/IPv6 dual-stack support
• Includes Cisco Connect software 1.4
IPv6 enabled – IPv6 is a new IP protocol that uses simplified packet headers and requires IPSec as a fundamental interoperability requirement. It also has improved support for mobile IP and computing devices.
Note: E900 does not support Guest network and Parental control. E900 comes with the Cisco connect software but Cisco connect screen does not have option to setup Guest network and Parental control. So there is no need to install Cisco connect software for the initial Linksys router setup.
Access restriction feature is also not available on the setup page.
Linksys E900 setup using Cisco connect software:
E900 comes with a Cisco connect software. You can use the Cisco connect software for the initial setup of your new E900. 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 attach the computer with the Ethernet cable. However it will be better if you attach the computer with an Ethernet cable. Run the program and at the end it will get you on 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 WiFi name will be funny 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.
Linksys E900 setup without Cisco connect software:
You can also setup E900 without any software or installation CD. Connect your computer directly to the modem and make sure that Internet is working through the modem. Connect the computer and modem to the router.
Connect your computer to one of the Ethernet ports on the router. Not to the Internet port. If you connect the computer to the internet port, it will not communicate with the router. And you will not be able to setup your router. Open the setup page of E900. Linksys router setup page is the page where you will see all the settings of the router.
Change the Internet connection settings according to your Internet service provider. In case of Cable Internet provider, you need to clone the MAC address of the main computer. In case of DSL Internet service, you need to change the PPPoE settings.
Once your main computer is able to go online, change the wireless settings. Create a new wireless network name. Enable security on the wireless network. Do not share your network key with anybody.
Connect your computer and other devices to the wireless network.
What is Linksys E900 default password?
Like other Linksys routers, default password of Linksys E900 router is admin. However if you have installed your router using Cisco connect software then your wireless network key will be the password of router also.
If you reset the router to factory default settings then admin will be the password. Remember if you reset E900 it will come back to factory default settings and you will lose all the settings.
For Linksys E900 router, I will advise you to use Fix Home Network’s Easy setup Guide for the easy Linksys router setup without installation software.