Saturday, May 19, 2012

Linksys EA3500 router setup:

Linksys EA3500 is wireless N750 dual-band broadband router.

Like other Linksys E-series routers you can setup EA3500 using Cisco connect software or you can do it manually using the setup page.

How to setup Linksys EA3500 using Cisco connect software?

Connect the main computer directly to your Internet modem. Make sure that Internet is working through the modem.
Connect the modem and computer to the EA3500 with the Ethernet cable.
Plug in the power to the router. Check the status of the lights. You will see 4 lights, power, Ethernet, wireless and Internet.
Run the Cisco connect software on your main computer.
If you are using DSL internet connection, it will ask you to enter the PPPoE user name and password. Enter the correct log in details.
At the end, you will see the screen on which you will find all the settings of your network. The software will do all the settings for you automatically. You don't need to do anything. It will create wireless network and security password. Also the gust network will be created automatically. You can change these settings later.

How to setup Linksys EA3500 without Cisco connect software ?

Like other Linksys router, This model also has web interface. The default IP address of EA3500 is

Connect the main computer and modem to the router with the Ethernet cable.
Open the Internet browser and in the address bar type Log in to the setup page of EA3500.

What is Linksys EA3500 default password? 
The default password of Linksys EA3500 is admin.
If you have installed this router using Cisco connect software then you can open the Cisco connect software and go to router settings, you will find the user name and password.

Change the Internet connection settings according to your Internet service provider.
Create a wireless network. Change the SSID and enter the security password. This router can broadcast 3 different networks, 2.4 GHz, 5GHz and guest network.
You can not change the name of guest access but you can change the guest access password.
Save the settings.
Power cycle the router and you are good to go.
Connect other wireless computers and devices to the network.

What is EA3500 guest network password?
Look for the Cisco connect software installed on your main computer. Open it. Go to Guest network settings and you will see the guest password.
You can also open the setup page of the router and check the guest access password.

Related useful links for router setup and network troubleshooting:

Easy router installation tips
How to connect to the wireless network
How to find wireless network key
How to secure wireless network