How to set up a Linksys Mesh router after a reset

If you need to reset the parent router (router connected to your modem), there are a few methods on how to set up your router and child nodes again. This article applies to Linksys MBE7000 and MX6200 models for DHCP (Automatic) Internet connection type.


Before you begin:

 

    • If your service provider is using PPPoE, you can follow these setup instructions.
    • Write down the WiFi name, password, and key found at the bottom of the router.
    • Parent router/node: The parent router is the router that will be connected to your modem.
    • Child node: An additional node used to extend your WiFi such as another Linksys Mesh router.
    • Mixed environments: A network with Linksys Intelligent Mesh™ nodes and Linksys Cognitive™ Mesh nodes.
      • In a mix of Linksys MBE7000 and MX6200 nodes in the network, the Linksys MBE7000 should be the parent node for better WiFi performance.


Choose one of the following setup methods:

 

    • Pair button setup: This is supported on the latest Linksys firmware release. A mobile device or computer is required to customize settings.
    • Plug-and-Play setup wizard: A mobile device or computer is required to customize settings.
    • Web browser setup: A computer is required to customize the settings.
    • 5-Button Push setup: A mobile device or computer is required to customize settings.
    • Linksys app setup: A mobile device with the latest Linksys app installed is required to customize settings.


In this example, the Linksys MBE7000 is the parent node.

 


Pair button setup

 

This is the easiest and quickest way to set up the parent and child nodes simultaneously. A mobile device or computer is required to customize the settings.

 

The Pair button is located between the Reset and the ON/OFF toggle switch at the bottom of the router. The Pair button is supported on the latest Linksys firmware of the Linksys MX6200 (1.0.8.xxxxx) and MBE7000 (1.0.11.xxxx).

 

1. Gather all your equipment in the same area as your modem. After setup, you can relocate your child nodes.

 

2. Remove any existing router:


a. I have a modem with a separate router.

 

      • Disconnect your existing router 
      • Powercycle 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


3. Connect the parent router with an ethernet cable from the Internet port to your modem and power it ON.

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4. If adding child nodes, place all child nodes near the parent router, no more than 10 ft away, preferably in the same room, and power them ON. Wait until all your nodes have a solid blue light, indicating they are ready for setup.

Do not plug any ethernet devices into any of the child nodes' ports during setup.


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

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5. Press the Pair button for 1 second on the parent router.

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This pair button is supported on the latest firmware. If the button is not working for you, you can set up the network using another method.

6. The light on the parent router will begin blinking, once this light turns solid white, child node pairing will begin.

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7. Wait for the light on all the child nodes to turn solid white. This may take a few more seconds as the router scans and detects unconfigured nodes.

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8. Once all your nodes have a solid white light, connect a mobile device or computer to the WiFi name of the parent router.

The default WiFi credentials are located at the bottom of the parent router.

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Your network is now ready to use. To customize your network settings, continue to the next step.

9. Open a desktop browser and enter "www.myrouter.info" or "myrouter.info". You can also use the IP address of the parent router which is https://192.168.1.1.

10. If you receive any browser warning messages, follow these instructions to bypass the browser message.

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11. Enter the router’s default password. The password is the same as the default WiFi password located on the bottom of the parent router connected to your modem, then click Next.

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12. Customize your WiFi name and password and click Next. The WiFi password is case-sensitive.

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13. Enable the Guest network as needed, you can change this later at any time after setup. Click Next.

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14. Enable the Night Mode feature. You can change this setting after setup using the Linksys app. Click Next.


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15. Wait while settings are being saved. Connect your mobile device or computer to the new WiFi name when prompted, hit Next, and then click Finish.

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16. If you have more nodes to add or one of your child nodes' light did not turn solid white, click + Add Nodes to try adding the child node again. Otherwise, tap on the www.myrouter.info link. You can use myrouter.info or https://192.168.1.1.


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17. Click the Reset password link.

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18. Enter the Recovery Key located on the parent node connected to your modem, then create a new router/admin password and click Submit. You will then land on your network’s dashboard.

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Plug-and-Play setup wizard

This method is supported on the latest firmware and requires a mobile device or computer. It introduces the new Plug-and-Play setup wizard to customize the basic settings of your router using a web browser.

1. Gather all your equipment in the same area as your modem. After setup, you can relocate your child nodes.

 

2. Remove any existing router:


a. I have a modem with a separate router.

 

      • Disconnect your existing router 
      • Powercycle 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


3. Connect the parent router with an ethernet cable from the Internet port to your modem and power it ON.

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4. If adding child nodes, place all child nodes near the parent router, no more than 10 ft away, preferably in the same room, and power them ON. Wait until all your nodes have a solid blue light, indicating they are ready for setup.

Do not plug any ethernet devices into any of the child nodes' ports during setup.


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

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5. Connect a mobile device or computer to the WiFi name of the parent router. The default WiFi credentials are located at the bottom of the parent router.

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6. 
Launch a browser and enter "www.myrouter.info" or "myrouter.info" into the Address bar and hit [ENTER]. You can also log in using the IP address of the router, https://192.168.1.1, which is the default IP address.

If you get the following message, click Continue.

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7. If you get the following screen, your router may be on an older firmware. Use the web browser setup or the Linksys app setup methods instead.

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If you receive any browser warning messages, follow these instructions to bypass the browser message.

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8. You will be taken to the Plug-and-Play setup wizard. Enter the router’s default password. The password is the same as the default WiFi password located on the bottom of the parent router connected to your modem, then click Next. The WiFi password is case-sensitive.

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9. Enable the Guest network as needed, you can change this later at any time after setup. Click Next.

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10. Enable the Night Mode feature. You can change this setting after setup using the Linksys app.  Click Next.


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11. Wait while settings are being saved. Connect your mobile device or computer to the new WiFi name when prompted and then click Next.

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12. If you powered ON any child nodes from the previous steps, click + Add Nodes. If you do not have any more child nodes to add, click Next.

You can always add child nodes after completing the setup wizard. Learn more.

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13. Make sure the child nodes have a solid blue light which indicates they are ready for setup. Click Next.

If the light on the child node is red, hold down the reset button on this node for about 15 to 20 seconds. Wait for the light to turn solid blue and then click +Add Nodes again to try again.

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14. The router will begin scanning for unconfigured nodes.

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15. Once the child nodes have been added to the network, you will see a list of your nodes. Click Next.

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Child node not found or not showing on the list?

  • Check the light on the child node, if it’s blinking white or solid white the node has been added successfully. The node may be taking a little bit longer to show on the list. Just click Next to continue. Once the light on the child nodes is solid white, you can check the Device list in the web interface of the router or the Network Administration section in the Linksys app if the child nodes have been added.
  • If the light on the child node is solid blue, try clicking on +Add Nodes again. Make sure the node is no more than 10 ft away from the parent router. You can also complete the wizard and follow these instructions to try other methods of adding a child node.


16. Click Next.

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17. Click Finish.

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Your network is now ready to use. To customize your admin password and log in to the router’s dashboard setting, continue to the next step.

18. Click on the www.myrouter.info, you can also use myrouter.info.

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19. Click the Reset password link.

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20. Enter the Recovery Key located on the parent node connected to your modem. Then create a new admin password and click Submit.

This is your administrative password to change your network settings. The password is case-sensitive. Once you create your new admin password you will be taken to the network dashboard.

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Web browser setup

This method is supported on older firmware of the Linksys MBE7000 version 1.0.10.xxx (and older) and Linksys MX6200 version 1.0.6.xxx (and older). This method requires a computer.

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

2. Power ON all your nodes. The child nodes need to be near the parent router, no more than 10 ft away, preferably in the same room.

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3. Make sure that all your nodes are ready for setup and have a solid blue light. If any of the nodes do not have a solid blue light, reset them by holding down the reset button for about 15 seconds, then wait until the light becomes solid blue.

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4. Remove any existing router:


a. I have a modem with a separate router.

 

      • Disconnect your existing router 
      • Powercycle 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 the Linksys MBE7000 parent router from the Internet port with an ethernet cable to your modem.

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6. During setup, refrain from connecting any devices to the child nodes except for the power adapter.

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7. Connect your computer to the default WiFi name of the router. The WiFi credentials are located on the parent router’s product label.

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8. Open a web browser, enter "www.myrouter.info", "myrouter.info", or "myrouter.local" into the Address bar, and hit [ENTER]. You can also enter the IP address of the parent router, the default IP address is 192.168.1.1; for example, "https://192.168.1.1".

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If you receive any browser warning messages, follow these instructions to bypass the browser message.

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9. Click Reset password to customize the password. When prompted, enter the recovery key on the parent router's product label and click Submit. Create a new admin password and hint, and then click Reset.

The password is case-sensitive. Make sure to write down your new password. Once done, enter your new password and click Sign In.

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10. After you log in, click on the CA link at the bottom of the screen.

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11. Click on the Connectivity widget, then click on the CA Router Setup tab.

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12. Create a WiFi name (SSID) and password and click on Setup Node. Keep this page open during the process.

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13. Wait for the status light on the parent router to turn solid white.

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14. Connect your computer to the new WiFi name you just created.

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15. If you have child nodes to add, click on Add Wireless Child Nodes. Once the child nodes are added to the network, their light indicators will turn solid white. This will take a few minutes.

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16. Once the child nodes have a solid white light, click Done Adding Child Nodes, then click Ok.


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The child node is ready.

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17. You have now set up your parent and child nodes. You can now relocate the child nodes.

You may need to refresh the screen to see your new WiFi name in the Wi-Fi Settings widget.

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5-Button Push setup

The 5-Button Push method is another quick and easy method to set up the parent and child nodes. It requires a computer to complete the setup wizard, if the router is on the latest firmware you can also use a mobile device.

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

2. Power ON all your nodes. The child nodes need to be near the parent router, no more than 10 ft away, preferably in the same room.

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3. Make sure that all your nodes are ready for setup and have a solid blue light. If any of the nodes do not have a solid blue light, reset them by holding down the reset button for about 15 seconds, then wait until the light becomes solid blue.

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4. Remove any existing router:


a. I have a modem with a separate router.

 

      • Disconnect your existing router 
      • Powercycle 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 the Linksys MBE7000 parent router from the Internet port with an ethernet cable to your modem.

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6. During setup, refrain from connecting any devices to the child nodes except for the power adapter.

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7. Press the Reset button located at the bottom of the Linksys router that is connected to the modem five times within 5 seconds (do not hold down). The light on the parent router will start blinking.

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8. If you powered ON any child nodes from the previous steps, the router will begin to scan for unconfigured nodes. Proceed to the next step if you do not have any child nodes to add.

Once the child nodes have been detected, the light on the child nodes will also begin to blink. This means that pairing is in progress.

9. Wait for the light on all your nodes to be solid white, which indicates they are ready to use.

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10. Once all your nodes display a solid white light, your network is ready to use. You can relocate the child nodes and connect your clients to the WiFi network. The default WiFi credentials are located on the parent router's product label.

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11. Once all your nodes have a solid white light, to customize your router settings open a desktop browser from a desktop computer and go to www.myrouter.info or myrouter.info or use the default IP address https://192.168.1.1.

If you receive any browser warning messages, follow these instructions to bypass the browser message.

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12. The next screen will depend on which firmware your unit is on.

If your router is on the latest firmware, you will get the Welcome screen, this is the new Plug-and-Play setup wizard. Follow the wizard instructions to finish customizing your settings. See the Plug-and-Play setup wizard instructions.

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If you land on the following login page, your router is on an older firmware. To log in for the first time, click the Reset Password link, enter the Recovery Key when prompted from the parent router, and customize your admin password. You will then land on the dashboard.

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Linksys app setup
 
To set up your network using the Linksys app, follow these instructions


Find out more:

Upgrading my firmware
How to link a Linksys Mesh network to your Linksys cloud account for remote access
How to add a child node to an existing Linksys Velop Mesh network with Plug-and-Play support

 

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