If your computer/laptop does not have any CD drive or if you have misplaced the Setup CD, you can still set up your Linksys Wi-Fi Router by installing the Linksys Connect Setup Software from the Linksys Support Site.
In order to accomplish this task, you have to link your desktop first to a network with a smooth Internet connection or directly to the modem.Also, you can install your Linksys Wi-Fi Router through manual means.
IMPORTANT: Not each & every Linksys routers are adaptable with Linksys Connect. Thus, attain knowledge about which routers are compatible enough. For downloading the firmware or driver for your Linksys router, open the Linksys Support Site and find out for your router’s product page.
Step 1: Open the Linksys Support Site. Type in the model number of your product in the Search bar and press enter.
QUICK TIP: If you don’t have the knowledge of the model number and the hardware version of your device, select the link- How do I find my model number?
Step 2: Select the DOWNLOADS / FIRMWARE button.
Step 3: Choose the Hardware version of your appliance.
Step 4: After finding the Setup Software for your system, select Download.
NOTE: In case the End User License Agreement prompt shows up, select the AGREE option.
Step 5: After saving the Setup Software, choose a location on your computer for saving the file. It is suggested that the location of your saved file should be on the computer's Desktop.
Step 6: Right click on the Linksys Connect setup file that you have installed.
Step 7: Select the License Terms link to go through the license terms and information. After this, verify the box once completed. Now, select Next.
Step 8: Adhere to instructions 1 and 2 on the installation screen. If your Internet connectivity is facilitated via satellite, T1 or fiber optic is devoid of a modem, then simply establish the connection between the existing Ethernet cable and the yellow Internet port of the router. Select Next.
NOTE: Linksys Connect will then initiate the configuration of your network. Let this window stay open.
Step 9: The installation process will immediately create a solitary Router name (SSID) and Password for your network. By correcting the auto-generated SSID and password of your wireless network, you can also alter this information. After this process is complete, click Next.
Step 10: The installation will automatically detect your Internet connection type. If the software identifies that you are utilizing a DSL connection, a screen will show up to let you enter your user account details in the required fields. After doing so, click Next.
QUICK TIP: Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) provides both the Account name and Password. If you do not possess these, contact your ISP.
NOTE: The installation will finalize your router’s configuration and will try to establish the Internet connection. If the setup gets halted or the installation stops in the middle of the process, you may require to do more troubleshooting steps to solve it.
Step 11: A confirmation window will appear which will show you have now established a connection to the Internet. Select OK to continue.
You will be redirected to the main Linksys Connect window. This window contains options that allow you to manage and personalize your network settings. However, if you have encountered an error while setting up your Linksys device, click here for more information.
You will be channeled to the main Linksys Connect window. This window provides options that help you in managing and personalizing your network configurations.
NOTE: The Linksys Wi-Fi Routers, E800, E900, E1700, and E2100L are devoid of the Parental controls and Guest access specifications.
NOTE: If you want to set up the wireless settings of your Linksys Wi-Fi Router without utilizing Linksys Connect.
After setting up your router and already configuring your wireless security settings like the Router name and Password, you are now all set to establish a connection between your wireless computers and the network. Gather more information about linking your wireless devices manually.