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Setting up the Linksys MR8300

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Requirements:
  1.  Internet connection
  2.   A mobile device running at least:
    • Android™ 4.1 or later
    • iOS 9.0 and later
  3.  Latest Linksys app version

NOTE:  If you have an existing Velop network and you want to add the Linksys MR8300 Mesh WiFi Router, AC2200, MU-MIMO, it must be set up as the primary node.


Directions
 
Step 1:

Connect an ethernet cable to the internet port of the Linksys MR8300.  Connect the other end of the ethernet cable to the modem.  Power ON the router and wait until the top light is solid purple.  To learn about the light behavior of your router, click here.

Step 2:
Launch the Linksys app.


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Step 3:
Tap on Launch setup.


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Step 4:
You may be prompted to turn on your Bluetooth®.  Bluetooth is used for setup purposes only.  Tap Turn on Bluetooth to automatically turn ON the Bluetooth.  The app will begin to scan for the router.


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Some Android devices may prompt you to turn on Location services when Bluetooth is enabled.  Tap on ALLOW when the pop-up window appears.

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Step 5:
Read the Terms and Conditions and tap on Agree to continue.

NOTE:  The Terms and Conditions agreement will appear if you launch the Linksys app for the first time.


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Step 6:
Once your router is found, tap on Next.


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If the router is not found, you may be prompted to select the type of device you are setting up, select Mesh WiFi Router.

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The app might also ask you to connect to your router’s Wi-Fi.  Follow the instructions provided on the screen.  Then, tap on Next.

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Step 7:
Wait until the internet connection is detected.


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Step 8:
When internet
 is detected, you may proceed to Step 15.  If the internet connection is NOT detected, you will be asked to check the wiring connection from the modem and the router.

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Step 9:
Tap the boxes as you complete checking the series of wiring connection.  Then, tap on Next.


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Step 10:
You will be asked to perform a quick restart for your modem.  If you don't need to enter any i
nternet service provider (ISP) settings, tap on Next.  If you opt to enter ISP settings, tap on Do you have ISP settings to enter? below the Next button.

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IMPORTANT:  If your ISP setting is Static IP, PPPoE or PPPoE over VLAN, you will be asked to enter these settings manually.  If you would just like to proceed without internet connection, tap on Skip, and continue without internet.

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Step 11:
To perform a quick restart for your modem, unplug your modem and tap on It's Unplugged to proceed.


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Step 12:
Make sure the lights on your modem are all turned OFF.  Tap on Lights Are Off to proceed.


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Then, wait for the modem to fully disconnect from your ISP.  Wait for 2 minutes.

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Step 13:
After 2 minutes, plug your modem/modem-router back in.  Tap on It's Plugged In when done.


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Then, wait for the modem to completely start up.  This could take 2 minutes.

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Step 14:
Completed screen will appear once the modem is ready.  Tap on the Next button.


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Step 15:
Enter your email address and password to create a Linksys cloud account.  Tap on Create Account to proceed.  If you already have an account, tap on Log in here.


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Step 16:
Enter a Wi-Fi name and password for your network.  Once done, tap on Next.


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Step 17:
The app will now configure your network.


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Step 18:
Give your router a name then tap on Next.


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It is recommended that the location name corresponds to the actual location of your router.  This will allow you to better identify multiple nodes through the Linksys app.  To customize the name, tap on Name it something else.

Step 19:
Success! Tap on Next.


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If you want to add a node, tap on Add nodes.  Otherwise, tap on Skip this step.  You can also add a node later by logging in to the Linksys MR8300 dashboard using the Linksys app.


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Step 20:
Once the Always fresh screen appears, tap on Next.


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NOTE:  The app will check the firmware to see that is it updated.  If a new firmware is available, the app will update automatically. 

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Your Wi-Fi is now ready.  
You can now connect your devices to the Wi-Fi or add nodes to the router.

Ideally, the router should be centrally located in your home.  It’s okay if that’s not possible in your particular setup, but we recommend doing so when you can.  You can always start there and test out various ways of placing your router and nodes to maximize your coverage.  


 

Related Articles:

How to log in to your Linksys MR8300's web interface
Getting to know the Linksys MR8300 Mesh WiFi Router, AC2200, MU-MIMO

Related Videos:

Setting up the Linksys MR8300 (VIDEO)
Resetting the Linksys MR8300 to factory default settings (VIDEO)
Overview of the Linksys MR8300 Dashboard (VIDEO)
Overview of the Parental Controls landing page in the Linksys app (VIDEO)
Getting to know the Linksys MR8300 Mesh WiFi Router, AC2200, MU MIMO (VIDEO)

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