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Overview of the Guest Access feature in Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers

The Guest Access feature allows you to create a separate Wi-Fi for your guests without allowing them to access your main network and the computers connected to it. 

After running the Smart Setup, the Guest Access feature is automatically turned ON.  A Guest Wi-Fi is created automatically on the router's 2.4 GHz band.  The latest dual-band and tri-band routers also support Guest Wi-Fi for both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands.  Be sure to remember this if you're connecting other networking devices, such as an extender.  It should be configured to use the main network, not the Guest Wi-Fi.  However, if you wish to extend the Guest Wi-Fi, keep in mind that any client connected to the extender will only have access to the internet, not the network.
 
 
The Guest Access settings in the web-based setup page may differ depending on your router's model.  See images below for comparison.

i.  Routers that support one Guest Wi-FI on the 2.4 GHz
 

ii.  Dual-band or tri-band routers that support dual-band Guest Wi-Fi
 
 
Managing the Guest Wi-Fi
 
If you bypass Smart Setup, the Guest Access Wi-Fi is OFF until you manually enable it.  This section will show you how to enable your Guest Access manually.

 
Step 1:
Access your Linksys cloud account via a web browser.  For instructions, click here.
 
Step 2:
On the left navigation panel, click Guest Access.
 
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Step 3:
Toggle the button below Allow guest access to enable Guest Access.
 
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Step 4:
Click Edit if you would like to change the Guest Wi-Fi name and password
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Step 5:
Enter your desired Guest Wi-Fi name and password in the fields provided.


NOTE:  You can allow up to 50 guests to connect simultaneously.
 
Step 6:
Click User-added image to save your settings.

 
Your guests can now connect to your Guest Wi-Fi to access the internet.

NOTE:  
The Guest Wi-Fi appears to be unsecured when you search for Wi-Fi but it would prompt for the Guest password once you open a web browser.  The Guest Wi-Fi is a different network from the main network and will NOT have access to any devices connected to the main network.


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Connecting your iPhone® to the Guest network
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Connecting your Android™ smartphone to the Guest network

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