Linksys EA8300 router setup and trublshooting steps

Linksys EA8300 is a Max-Stream AC2200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router. The new Linksys EA8300 router setup is easy and it does not require CD. It has Intelligent Tri-Band for double the performance of a Dual-Band Router. Three bands that deliver the fastest combined Wi-Fi speeds to more devices. It works on latest Wireless-AC technology for simultaneously streaming and gaming on multiple devices.

See the Advantages of using Tri-band Linksys EA8300 router.

You can install Linksys EA8300 router in 2 different ways.

First Method: Install Linksys EA8300 router manually.

Using web interface of the router, we can install EA8300 manually by opening Linksys EA8300 router setup page and change the settings manually like other WRT series older routers. And I think this is very simple process.

Second Method: Setting up EA8300 router using the Smart Setup Wizard.

Setting up the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router is made easy using the Smart Setup Wizard. It is embedded in the firmware and is available even if the router does not have an Internet connection or is in its default settings.



Linksys EA8300 router setup without CD or manually.

Step 1:

First make sure that your modem is working. Connect your main computer directly to the modem. Make sure that your main computer is able to access Internet directly through the modem. If you are not able to access internet directly through the modem then contact your service provider and get your modem working first.

In case of DSL connection, you may not be able to access the Internet directly through the modem. In this case you must have PPPoE User name and password from the DSL company. Make sure that you have the correct PPPoE user name and password. if you do not have PPPoE user name and password then get in touch with your Internet service provider and get it.

Step 2:

Connect the computer and modem to the Linksys EA8300 router with the Ethernet cable. Connect the modem to the Internet port (which is standing alone ) and computer to the Ethernet port. If you connect the modem and computer to the wrong port, you will not be able to open the Linksys router setup page. If you have computer connected to the WAN port then it will not communicate with EA8300. Connection is very important. You will see 4 lights, Power, WAN, wireless and Ethernet.

Linksys EA300 router setup – front and back panel images below

Linksys EA8300 router setup Front panel

EA8300 router back panel

Basic Modem – Router – Computer connection image below

Linksys Router setup - Basic Connections


Watch the Basic initial connection video.

Step 3:

Open browser and in the address bar type the number . This is the default IP address of almost all the models of Linksys Routers. However you can open the command prompt and check the IP address on your computer.

wrt1200ac router password screen

Enter your Router Password then click Log in. The default password is admin. If you have changed it, enter the new password instead. If the default password is not working then you can reset the device to the factory default. Press and hold the reset button for 10 seconds. Release the reset button and wait for 30 seconds. Power cycle the router.

You will see Linksys EA8300 router setup page on your screen.

Linksys EA8300 router setup page

Step 4:

In the left panel, you will see all the options required to change the settings. Click on “Connectivity” under router settings section.

Step 5:

Click On Internet settings tab at the top.

Now according to your internet service provider, you can change the Internet settings.

Please check the images below for appropriate Internet service provider settings. There will be 2 types of ISPs. Cable ISP and DSL ISP.

For Cable ISP , you need to clone the MAC address of your computer, as shows in the image below. Then power cycle the network.


For DSL ISP, you need to enter the PPPoE user name and password as shown in the image below.



Once you change the Internet connections, you wired computer will be able to access the Internet through the EA8300 .

Step 6:

Change the Wireless network Settings as shown in the image below.

As this is a Dual band router, you will see 2 different wireless networks.

SSID is the name of the wireless network. Change both SSIDs. Keep the names of both the SSIDs different so that you can identify them. Change the password for the wireless network. ( remember this password ) . This will be the password of the wireless network and you will need this password / key when you will try to connect any wireless computer or device to the network.


You can also create Guest network using this web base interface. In the left panel you will settings options. Now try to connect different computer or wireless devices to the network and see if that works. This was all about Linksys EA8300 router setup manually.



Linksys EA8300 router setup using the Smart Setup Wizard.

Requirements before Linksys EA8300 router setup

The following requirements should be met to avoid any problems during the setup:

  • Browser requirements for the router setup and Linksys Smart Wi-Fi access:
    • Microsoft Edge™
    • Internet Explorer® 8 or higher
    • Latest version of Chrome™ and Firefox®
    • Safari® (for Mac® or iPad®)
    • Latest Adobe Flash® Player?
  • Materials for setup – You should have the following items:
    • Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router
    • One (1) or two (2) Internet / Ethernet (RJ-45) cables
    • A wireless computer or a computer with an Ethernet port
  • Active Internet connection – To check if you are able to access the Internet, connect the modem to the computer using an Ethernet cable as shown in the image below:

If you do not have modem then connect the cable (also called a patch or a fiber optic cable) provided by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) directly to the computer’s Ethernet port.

Step 1:

If your EA8300 came with external antennas, connect the antennas to the router first and then plug in the router to a power source. If your router has a power switch, make sure that the power switch is set to the | (ON) position. Wait until the power LED is solid.

Step 2:

Connect the Ethernet cable from your modem to the Internet port of the EA8300.

Step 3:

Connect to your secured wireless network. You can locate the wireless credentials either at the bottom of the router or on the Quick Start Guide. To prevent any problems during setup, make sure you have a good signal from the router or bring the wireless computer closer to the same room as the EA8300.

NOTE: If you are using a wired computer, skip Step 3 and proceed to Step 4.

Step 4:

Launch your web browser and enter “” in the Address bar then press [Enter].

Step 5:

Tick the checkbox beside I have read and accepted the License Terms for using this software then click Next to proceed.

If the Smart Setup screen does not show up, press the Reset button at the back of the router for 10 seconds, turn the router OFF and then turn it back ON. Wait a few seconds for the router to boot up and start at Step 1 again. See how to reset linksys routers.

If no Internet connection is detected, the Your Internet cable is not connected correctly window will appear. Follow the suggested troubleshooting steps on the screen to resolve your connection problem then click Next.

If you are having issues with EA8300 router setup and configuration then you can make sure that your router is running on the latest firmware. If not then download and upgrade the firmware of the router.

Follow the instrutions for for Linksys EA8300 router setup using smart setup wizard




Advantages of using Tri-band Linksys EA8300 router

Tri-Band Technology

Three bands that deliver the fastest combined Wi-Fi speeds to more devices.


Latest Wireless-AC technology for simultaneously streaming and gaming on multiple devices.

Seamless Roaming

Enables your device to automatically switch to the strongest Wi-Fi signal as you move around your house when Max-Stream Routers are paired with Max-Stream Range Extenders.


Enjoy up to double the performance* of a Dual-Band router with the Linksys MAX-STREAM AC2200 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Tri-Band Router (EA8300). Featuring Tri-Band technology, the MAX-STREAM AC2200 is ideal for 4K and HD video streaming and next-gen online gaming.

Households with heavy Wi-Fi use will experience fast data transfers thanks to this gigabit Wi-Fi router’s combined 2.2Gbps speed and Quad-Core CPU.


Devices such as 4K TVs, HD streaming media players, tablets, and game consoles consume a lot of bandwidth. With MU-MIMO (Multi-User Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) technology, the EA8300 router sends Wi-Fi to multiple devices at the same time and same speed. It’s like having a dedicated Wi-Fi router for each of your devices.


Linksys EA8300 tri-band-router-advantages


Traditional routers and range extenders force you to manually connect to either the range extender’s or router’s network in order to experience the best Wi-Fi signal as you move about your home. But with the EA8300’s Seamless Roaming support, your devices will automatically connect to the strongest Wi-Fi signal by utilizing a single network name. Pair the router with a compatible range extender to enjoy a strong, seamless Wi-Fi signal in every room of your house.


Linksys EA8300 router range extender technology


The EA8300 wireless router features four external adjustable antennas that provide four powerful streams of data to your devices–ensuring complete coverage of your home. Better coverage means faster Internet speeds wherever you are.


Linksys automatically pushes the software update to your router overnight and seamlessly bring the latest features and security to your home network. Your Linksys router will be consistently getting better over time.

Three features that will soon be added to the EA8300 are DFS Channels Support, an OpenVPN Server, and Advanced Band Steering.


The Smart Connect feature balances your 5 GHz Wi-Fi connections and intelligently chooses the best radio band for your devices for the best Wi-Fi performance of your network.


Clearly see your network’s Download and Upload speeds with a more intuitive speed gauge in the User Interface.


Linksys SPI Firewall will distinguish legitimate packets for different types of connections. Only packets matching a known active connection are allowed to pass the firewall. DoS attack is an attempt to make a computer or network resource unavailable to its intended users, with Linksys DoS protection, we will block all the possible DoS attack to keep your network running smoothly.

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