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Linksys E900 N300 Wireless Router Frequently Asked Questions

TABLE OF CONTENTS


HARDWARE INFORMATION


SECURITY SUPPORTED
 

FIRMWARE UPGRADE
 

SPECIAL FEATURES
 
1. What software does the Linksys E900 come with?
2. What connection type does the Linksys E900 support?
3. Does the Linksys E900 have a Parental Controls feature?
4. Does the Linksys E900 have a Guest Access feature?
5. Does the Linksys E900 support wireless Quality of Service (QoS) and Internet Access Priority QoS?
6. Does the Linksys E900 support transmission of the log information to a log server?
7. What is MAC Address Clone and what is it for?
8. What is the Wireless MAC Filter feature for?
9. What is Diagnostics and what is it for?
10. What is Port Forwarding and Port Triggering?
11. What is DMZ and what is it for?
12. What network modes does the Linksys E900 support?
13. Does the Linksys E900 support IPv6 Setup?
14. What does Universal Plug and Play (UPnP®) mean and how do you enable it?
15. How do I connect my mobile devices and gaming consoles to the Linksys E900? 

 


HARDWARE INFORMATION

1. What is the Linksys E900 N300 Wireless Router?
 
The Linksys E900 N300 Wireless Router is a high-speed single-band (2.4 GHz) 802.11n wireless router with IPv4 / IPv6 dual-stack support.  This router can be used to share network resources to various wired and wireless devices such as laptops, mobile devices and gaming consoles.  It has four (4) fast Ethernet (10 / 100 Mbps) ports to connect wired devices to the network.  

2. What are the default IP Address, username, and password of the Linksys E900? 

The default IP Address is 192.168.1.1 and the username and password are both “admin”.

3. How do I reset the Linksys E900 to factory defaults? 

There are two (2) ways to reset the Linksys E900 router to factory defaults:
  • Hardware Reset – Press and hold the Reset button located at the bottom of the router for approximately five (5) seconds then release.
  • Software Reset – Access the router's web-based setup page, go to the Administration tab > Factory Defaults sub-tab, then click the Restore Factory Defaults button.  To learn how to access the router’s web-based setup page, click here.

 4. What is the warranty period of the Linksys E900? 

The warranty period is dependent on the country of purchase.  For more information about your device's warranty, click here.
 
5. How do I reboot the Linksys E900? 


Unplug the power supply, then plug it back in.  Alternatively, you can click the Reboot button under the Setup tab > Basic Setup sub-tab in the router's web-based setup page.
 
6. Where can I download the latest firmware version of the Linksys E900?
 
To download the latest firmware version, click
here.

7.  What web browsers and operating systems are the Linksys E900 compatible with?


The Linksys E900 router that you have purchased comes with a Linksys Connect software that allows you to set up your router easily.  It is compatible with the following:

Windows®

  • Windows® XP SP3
  • Windows Vista® SP1 or later
  • Windows® 7
  • Windows®
  • Windows® 10

OS X®

  • Leopard 10.5
  • Snow Leopard 10.6
  • Mavericks 10.9
  • Yosemite 10.10
  • El Capitan 10.11
  • macOS™ Sierra 10.12

Web browser

  • Internet Explorer® 7
  • Safari® 4
  • Firefox® 3 or higher

SECURITY SUPPORTED
 
1. What is the default wireless network name (SSID) of the Linksys E900? 

The default wireless network name (SSID) of the Linksys E900 is Linksys000xx where xx is the last two (2) digits of the router’s serial number.  The serial number is located underneath the device.
 
2. How many security modes does the Linksys E900 support? 

The router supports eight (8) security modes: 

  • WPA2™ / WPA™ Mixed Mode
  • WPA2™ Personal
  • WPA™ Personal
  • WPA2™ / WPA™ Enterprise Mixed Mode
  • WPA2™ Enterprise
  • WPA™ Enterprise
  • WEP
  • RADIUS

NOTE:  To learn how to set up your network’s wireless security, click here.
 
3. Does the Linksys E900 allow VPN tunnels using IPSec, L2TP or PPTP protocols to pass through the router? 

Yes, the Linksys E900 allows you to enable VPN tunnels using IPSec, L2TP or PPTP protocols to pass through the router’s firewall.  To learn how to set up the VPN passthrough on your router, click here.
 
4. Does the Linksys E900 support SPI Firewall? 

Yes, the Linksys E900 supports SPI Firewall for both IPv6 and IPv4 connections.  To learn how to configure the SPI Firewall for your IPv6 and IPv4 connections, click here.
 
FIRMWARE UPGRADE
 
1. How do I upgrade the firmware of the Linksys E900? 

Access your router’s web-based setup page, then go to the Administration tab and select the Firmware Upgrade sub-tab.  Select the file to upgrade by clicking the Choose File button then click Start Upgrade
For further instructions on how to upgrade your router, click here.
 
NOTE:  Do NOT reset or powercycle the router until the upgrade is complete.
 
SPECIAL FEATURES

 
1. What software does the Linksys E900 come with? 

The Linksys E900 comes with Linksys Connect software version 1.4.  However, if you’re using the Linksys E900 version 1.2, the Linksys Connect software version should be 1.5
 
To learn more about the Linksys Connect software for the Linksys E900, click
here.
 
2. What connection type does the Linksys E900 support? 

The Linksys E900 supports the following connection types:

  • Automatic Configuration – DHCP
  • Static IP
  • PPPoE
  • PPTP
  • L2TP
  • Telstra Cable
  • Bridge Mode 
  • DS-Lite

3. Does the Linksys E900 have a Parental Controls feature? 

No.
 
4. Does the Linksys E900 have a Guest Access feature? 

No.
 
5. Does the Linksys E900 support wireless Quality of Service (QoS) and Internet Access Priority QoS? 

Yes, the Linksys E900 supports wireless Quality of Service (QoS) and Internet Access Priority QoS.
 
NOTE: 
To learn more about configuring the QoS of a Linksys Wireless-N router, click
here.
 
6. Does the Linksys E900 support transmission of the log information to a log server? 

No.  However, it allows you to view and save traffic logs to your computer.
 
7. What is MAC Address Clone and what is it for? 

A Media Access Control (MAC) Address is a unique identifier pre-assigned to the network adapter of the computer.  This is used by most Cable ISPs for authentication so subscribers can establish Internet connection.
 
Therefore, to set up your Linksys router to work with your ISP, you have to enable the MAC Address Clone feature.  This will allow your ISP to recognize the router as the computer with the registered MAC Address.


NOTE:  You need to use the computer registered with the ISP in enabling the MAC Address Clone feature of your router.
 
8. What is the Wireless MAC Filter feature for? 

The Wireless MAC Filter prevents or permits connectivity to the wireless network with the use of the wireless MAC Address of the device.  To learn more about it, click here.
 
NOTE:  You can add up to 32 MAC Addresses in the MAC Address Filter list.
 
9. What is Diagnostics and what is it for? 

The Diagnostics (Ping Test and Traceroute Test) section of the Linksys E900's web-based setup page allows you to check the connection of your network devices, including connection to the Internet.
 
10. What is Port Forwarding and Port Triggering? 

Port Forwarding allows you to set up public services on your network, such as web servers, FTP servers, e-mail servers, or other specialized Internet applications, to be able to communicate with specific requests on the Internet.  On the other hand, Port Triggering
sets up the router so that computers can access public services outside the network or on the Internet.
 
To learn more about the differences between Port Forwarding and Port Triggering, click
here.
 
11. What is DMZ and what is it for? 

Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) allows one (1) local user to be exposed to the Internet for use of a special-purpose service such as Internet gaming and videoconferencing.  DMZ hosting forwards all the ports at the same time to one (1) computer. 
 
QUICK TIP:  It is recommended to use Port Range Forwarding instead as it only opens the ports you want to forward when there is an incoming request from your computer.  DMZ hosting, on the other hand, opens all the ports of one (1) computer, continuously exposing the computer to the Internet.

 
12. What network modes does the Linksys E900 support? 

The Linksys E900 supports the following network modes:

  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n 

13. Does the Linksys E900 support IPv6 Setup? 

Yes, the Linksys E900 supports the IPv6 protocol.  To learn how to configure the IPv6 setup on the Linksys E900, click here.
 
14. What does Universal Plug and Play (UPnP
®) mean and how do you enable it? 

Universal Plug and Play (UPnP
®) allows Windows to automatically configure the router for various Internet applications, such as gaming and video conferencing.  To learn more about the UPnP feature of Linksys routers, click here.
 
15. How do I connect my mobile devices and gaming consoles to the Linksys E900?

To connect your mobile devices and gaming consoles, look for the wireless network name (SSID) and enter the required security password.  For instructions on how to connect the above-mentioned devices using the Linksys Connect software, click here.

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