EA3500 Linksys router setup and troubleshooting steps

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Linksys EA3500 router is App Enabled N750 Dual-Band Wireless Router with Gigabit Ethernet port and installation of this router is just like other Linksys router setup. EA3500 can run an ever expanding selection of apps for accessing your home network and the devices connected to it.

My name is Jim and I will help you configure Linksys EA3500 router with or without Cisco connect software. I was working as a Senior technical support Engg. for more than 5 years and I have answered thousands of tech-support calls. Linksys router setup is really easy and you can do it yourself.

Features of Linksys EA3500 router:

High speed for fast wireless transfer rates. EA3500 has transfer rates of up to 300 + 450 Mbps to connect your devices at fast speed.

Enhanced MIMO antenna array. 2 x 3 for 2.4 GHz, 3 x 3 for 5 GHz.

Linksys EA3500
Linksys EA3500

For more wireless bandwidth, EA3500 can create two (2) simultaneous yet separate wireless-N networks, one using the 5 GHz radio frequency band and one using the 2.4 GHz band.

Gigabit Ethernet ports for speeds up to 10x faster than standard Ethernet.

USB port to connect USB storage devices and printers.

Guest Network Access – It allows you to provide Internet access up to 50 guests visiting your home without granting them access to your local network.

Linksys EA3500 router setup using Cisco connect software:

Cisco Connect software is a specially designed program for Linksys E-series and EA-series routers.

Read more about this software.

You can install your EA-series routers without Cisco software also. You can manage guest network settings manually with the setup page of the router. So it is not necessary to install Cisco connect software to use Guest network access which was the case in Linksys E1000, E2000 and E3000 routers.

Connect the main computer directly to the Internet modem. Make sure that you can access Internet through the modem.

Connect the modem to the Internet port and computer to Ethernet port 1 on the EA3500. It is not necessary to connect the computer to the router with the Ethernet cable. You can install it with the wireless computer also. But I will suggest you to connect the computer with the Ethernet cable so that you will not get any error.

Run the Cisco program on your main computer. It will start installing your router automatically. You don’t need to do anything. All the settings will be done by the software only. If you are using DSL Internet connection, then it will ask you to enter the PPPoE user name and password.

At the end you will see a screen with 4 different options.

Router settings, Computers and devices, guest access and Parental control.

Linksys EA3500 router setup without Cisco connect software:

Like other Linksys routers, you can setup Linksys EA3500 router without installation software. All you need to do is, open the Linksys router setup page and change the settings manually.

Use Guide to install Linksys EA3500 router manually.

Make sure that your router is running on latest firmware.

Connect the computer and modem to the router.

The default IP address of Linksys EA3500 router is And the default password of Linksys EA3500 is admin, leave the user name blank.

Open the setup page of the router.

Change the Internet connection settings according to your Internet service provider. For Cable Internet service, clone the MAC address of the main computer. For DSL Internet service, change the router IP address or change the PPPoE settings.

Once you change the Internet settings, your main computer will be able to access Internet with the wired connection.

Now create a wireless network for our WiFi devices. Change the network name SSID and secure the network without fail.

Once you create Secured WiFi connection, connect all your WiFi computers and devices to the network. First search for the WiFi in the range. Select your WiFi, enter the security password and get connected.

I will suggest you to use Fix home Network‘s Easy Network Guide for Linksys router setup without installation software. This Guide will help you find the settings and also help you to setup your Linksys EA3500 router in case you need to reset it.



6 comments on “EA3500 Linksys router setup and troubleshooting steps

  1. I am having issues with the latest firmware upgrade. This upgrade stopped me from using web interface and now I had to log in to Cisco connect cloud which I don’t like. suddenly this firmware upgrade forced me to use Cisco connect cloud. I am really very disappointed.

  2. Can not connect to the wireless network on new laptop. Other old laptop is connected and I can access Internet on old one. But the new one has problem connecting to WiFi. I t is running on Windows 7. When I enter the network key, it stays there and says not connected.
    Also want to know the guest network password for EA4500? I did not install Cisco connect software so I am not sure where to find these settings. Can I register for cisco connect cloud?

  3. What is the default password?
    I have not installed the Cisco connect software. I want to use Cisco connect cloud feature but I am not able to register the device because I don’t know the router password. I tried all the passwords but nothing is working. How to do create account for Cloud?

  4. I am trying to install this model for the first time. I tried to Cisco connect software on my computer many time but the Cisco connect is not finding my router. My computer (it’s a desktop) is connected with the Ethernet cable and I can see the port light too. I get the IP address of on the wired connection but it still says device not found.

    1. KeithMrt…did you ever get it to work? I’m having the same problem. I can set it up through my laptop (wireless) but not my desktop. It is connected but the router & PC are not “talking”. I stayed on the phone with Cisco tech support 2.5 hours last night and was finally told that I had a bad router. So I exchanged it and its doing the exact same thing. Help!!

  5. Good device. For last 1 month, I have been using this model with my Comcast Internet. For me, the signal strength is good and wireless speed is also better than my previous device. The Guest access is working as one of my friends was able to access Guest access. I personally did not try it. So far so good.

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