Cisco connect software is a program used for the initial installation of Linksys E-series and EA-series routers. This software will work with Cisco E1000, E2000, Cisco E3000, E4200, E1200, E2500, Cisco Valet M10, Cisco Valet plus M20 and other Cisco EA series routers. Cisco connect software will let you manage your network easier. You can also change the wireless network settings using this program.
Before you begin the installation, your computer should meet the minimum system requirements:
The operating system requirement – Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 or higher, Windows 7, Tiger 10.4.11, Snow Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.1.
Internet browser requirements – Internet Explorer 6 or later, Safari 3 or later, Firefox 2 or later, Google Chrome.
If these requirements are not met, you may not be able to install the Cisco router successfully or you may receive error messages during the installation. Or you can change the settings of your Linksys router manually using the Linksys router setup page.
Read more about Linksys router setup without installation software.
Cisco connect software : Installation
First attach your main computer directly to the modem and make sure that you have active Internet through your modem.
Now attach the modem to the Internet port of Linksys E series router. Connect your computer to one of the Ethernet port on the router. If your computer is wireless then it is not necessary to wire the computer to the router with the cable because Cisco software can work wirelessly. One thing you should remember that Wireless connection should be managed by Windows wireless connection manager otherwise Cisco software will not work on wireless computer.
I will suggest you to wire the computer to the router with the Ethernet cable and then install the router. Once you configure your router, you can disconnect the cable and make it wireless.
Insert the Linksys router setup CD or Key that comes with your router, into your computer and run the program. The program will start setting up your router automatically. If your Internet connection is DSL PPPoE then it will ask you to enter the user name and password.
If you do not have the installation CD then you can download the software from Linksys website and run the program. Double check the model number of your router.
This software will also change the wireless network settings automatically. It will make it secured with unique password which later on you can change also. In ideal condition it will take 5 to 10 minutes to finish.
At the end you will find Cisco connect program window on your screen. There are 4 different options on the screen.
Cisco connect software : main screen
Computers and Devices: This option will show you how many computers or devices are connected to the router. You can also create Easy setup key to connect other computers to the network easily.
This is one of the features wherein you will be able to restrict the Internet access times for your children. Parental controls in Cisco Connect can be set up for up to five (5) computers or devices.
What is Guest access:
If you always have visitors in your home that you allow Internet access, you might want to set up a guest wireless network for them. In the guest network, they will be able to access the Internet without connecting to your local network. So they will not be able to see or access those computers and devices within your local network. Cisco connect software is necessary to setup Guest network access. In early E series routers the Guest Network is not available on the setup page.
What is Router settings:
This option will let you change the wireless network name and the password. You can also find your wireless network key on this option. If you click on Advanced settings, it will open the setup page.
On windows computer, you will find Cisco connect under ‘All programs’ and on MAC computers it will be under ‘Applications’.
You can also setup your Linksys E series router without Cisco connect software. You just need to access the Linksys router setup page and change the settings manually.