Setting up your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router with a Linksys cloud account on a Mac­® computer

With a Linksys cloud account, you will be able to access and configure your router anytime, anywhere.  This article will show you how to set up the Linksys cloud account using a Mac® computer.

What you will need – Before starting with the setup, you need to prepare the following to ensure that the process would not be interrupted:

  • A Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router (In this article, the EA4500 is used as an example)
  • Modem (Make sure you have active Internet connection)
  • Ethernet cablesTwo (2)
  • A Mac computer (In this example, the computer uses Mac OS X® Mountain Lion 10.8)

Once you have all the materials listed, you can proceed with the setup by following the instructions below:

Step 1:
Connect one end of the first Ethernet cable (in blue) to any of the Ethernet ports of the router and the other end to the Ethernet port of your Mac® computer.  Make sure that modem is connected to the Internet port of the router using the second Ethernet cable (in yellow).  This is how your setup should look like now:


NOTE:  You should also connect the power adapter of the router to the Power port then plug the other end to an available wall socket.

Step 2:
Access the web-based setup page of the router starting by opening any web browser.  Enter the default IP Address “” on the Address field then press the [Enter] key.


A pop-up window will appear, asking for your router’s username and password.  Enter “admin” on both fields then click OK.  You will be redirected to the web-based setup page.

Step 3:
On the web-based setup page, click the Wireless tab then click the Manual radio button.


Step 4:
Enter a new network name on the Network Name (SSID) fields found under the 2.4 and 5 GHz Wireless Settings section.  Click Save Settings to apply the changes.


Step 5:
On your web browser, open a new tab then go to the product page of the router that you are using.  In this example, we will be opening the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA4500 product page.

NOTE:  The specific product pages for the routers that you are using can be found in the Linksys Support Site.

Step 6:
On the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA4500 product page, click on DOWNLOADS / FIRMWARE.


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Step 7:
Click on the hardware version then click the link to download the utility.


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NOTE:  It is recommended to save your downloaded file on the Desktop for easier access.

Step 8:
Open the upgrade utility file then follow the onscreen instructions, as seen in the images below.

Step 9:
The last window for the setup will inform you that the process has been completed.  Click the Launch Linksys Smart Wi-Fi button to proceed.



QUICK TIP:  Take note of your router and wireless settings.

Step 10:
You will be redirected to the Create a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account page.  Fill out the required fields then click Create My Account.  Click here for detailed instructions on how to create, activate and associate an account with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi.


Step 11:
After logging in using your Linksys Smart cloud account, you will get the Associate Router prompt.  Enter your router's admin password.  The default password is "admin."

Congratulations!  You have now successfully set up a Linksys cloud account on your Mac® computer.  You can now start configuring various settings on your router.  Make sure to prioritize settings such as wireless security to ensure that your network is protected against unwanted intruders.  Click on the article below for instructions on how to do this.

Changing the Wi-Fi settings using the Linksys Smart WiFi Cloud Account

IMPORTANT:  Once you have completed the setup for the Linksys cloud account, a shortcut icon  will appear on your Desktop.  Click on this icon for easier access to your Linksys cloud account.

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Different ways in setting up your Linksys wireless router
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