Setting up a Linksys Mesh system using Bluetooth on your mobile device

This article will teach you how you can set up the Linksys Mesh network in minutes through the Linksys app using Bluetooth®. This is applicable to the following devices:

  • Linksys Cognitive™ Mesh series: Linksys MBE7000, MX6200, MR20WH and MR55WH
  • Linksys Intelligent Mesh™ series: Linksys MX2000, MX5500, MX8500, MX4200, MX5300, WHW03, MR5500, MR2000, MR7500, MR9600, MR7350, MR6350, MR9000, and MR8300

Before you begin:

  • Download or update to the latest Linksys app.
  • Parent node - A Linksys Velop Mesh router/node that is connected to the modem. 
  • Child node - The child node is an additional Linksys Velop Mesh node that you can add to extend your WiFi network. 
  • Mixed environments: A network with Linksys Intelligent Mesh nodes and Cognitive Mesh nodes.
    • It is recommended to use the same type of models for your network. However, if you need to add your older nodes with newer models, it is recommended to use a Linksys Cognitive Mesh model as the parent node and add all others as child nodes. For more information, please contact Linksys support.   
    • When mixing different types of mesh nodes, certain features may be limited.
  • Familiarize yourself with the router's light indicators to know the status of its operation.



The Linksys MBE7000 is being used in this article.


1. Gather all your equipment in the same area as your modem. After they are set up you can relocate your child nodes.


2. Power ON all your nodes. The child nodes need to be near the parent router, no more than 10 ft away, the closer the better.


3. Make sure that all your nodes are ready for setup. Depending on the model, your node will either have a solid purple light or solid blue light.


Ready for setup
MBE7000, MX6200MX series, MR routers series, and WHW03 series


If any of the nodes do not have a solid light, reset them by holding down the reset button for about 15 seconds, then wait until the light becomes solid.

4. Remove your existing WiFi router.

a. I have a modem with a separate WiFi router.
  • Disconnect your existing router. 
  • Power cycle your modem.
  • Wait until your modem has rebooted and go to the next step.

b. I have a WiFi router and modem in one device, or I do not have any existing routers in my home.
  • Go to the next step.

5. Connect a node with an ethernet cable to your modem. If you have a Linksys WHW03 series, use one of the two ports. After the node is set up, the port that you use will become the designated internet port. 



Do not plug any devices into the child nodes besides the power adapter during setup.


6. Make sure that your mobile device isn’t connected to an existing WiFi network. Launch the Linksys app and then tap on Set up a New Wi-Fi Network (iOS) or Launch setup (Android™).

If you were already logged in to the app before this step, you need to log out first and log in again.


7. Tap on Velop and Mesh Routers.


8. Enable Bluetooth on your mobile device (if prompted). Follow the instructions on the screen or swipe down and tap on the Bluetooth icon to enable it. 


9. If you have already removed your old router, tap Next. Otherwise, follow the instructions and tap Next when ready.


10. If you have already connected and powered ON your parent node as previously instructed, tap Next, and then tap It’s connected

If you haven’t done so, follow the wiring instructions, and tap Next when you are ready.

11. If you have already powered ON your child nodes, tap Next

If you haven’t done so, follow the wiring instructions and tap Next when you are ready. 


12. Make sure all your nodes have a solid light, then tap on Node light is solid. Keep your phone near the nodes while your nodes are being set up.
13. Internet checking will begin.
If an internet connection is not detected, you will come across the following screen. Tap Or, try again or tap on the suggested fixes on the app.
  • Checking your wiring - Tap to double-check the wiring.
  • ​​​​Restarting your modem again - Tap to restart the modem.



If your internet connection requires your PPPoE settings or a Static IP address, tap on Enter them here then select your internet connection type and enter your settings. Once connected, the app will proceed to the next step.

14. Name your Wi-Fi.

Customize your WiFi name and password, then tap Next. The WiFi password is case-sensitive.


If you are setting up your router again, you will be prompted to use the same WiFi settings as before. Tap on Yes to use the same WiFi credentials or tap on No, create new Wi-Fi settings.


15. On the Privacy Pledge screen, tap Continue when ready.


16. Log in with your Linksys cloud account.

Log in with your existing Linksys cloud account to access and manage your network remotely. If you haven’t created one, tap on Create account.

You can also tap Skip for now and create an account later.



17. Configuration is in progress. Your network is being configured.



18. Once all your nodes have been configured, the following screen will display the number of nodes that were successfully detected and configured on your network. Tap Next.


Missing a node?

If you have more nodes to add but forgot to turn them ON in the beginning or if some of your child nodes were not detected, tap on Add more nodes to try again. 

  • Make sure to move your node closer to the parent node, no more than 10 ft away from the parent node, or preferably in the same room as the parent node. 
  • You can also tap on Next to complete the setup process and add them later. 
  • Troubleshooting tips for setup issues with the Linksys app.
19. Tap Next.


20. Tap Finish.


21. Once your nodes are set up, the light will be either solid blue or solid white depending on the model
Nodes are set up
MBE7000, MX6200MX series, MR routers series, and WHW03 series
22.Your WiFi is ready. Tap on Go to dashboard. You can now relocate your child nodes and power them back on. You can now connect your WiFi devices to your network.



Find out more:

Overview of the status light on the Linksys Cognitive Mesh products
Changing the router administration password using the Linksys app
Overview of the Linksys app dashboard for iOS mobile devices

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