Setting up a Linksys Wireless-N adapter

IMPORTANT:  You need to run the setup software only once to install your adapter.  After the setup has been completed, your computer will be able to recognize the adapter each time it is connected to your computer’s USB port.

These instructions are applicable for the Linksys AE1000 High-Performance Wireless-N Adapter, AE1200 N300 Wireless-N USB Adapter, AE2500 N300 Wireless-N USB Adapter, and AE3000 N900 Dual-Band Wireless-N USB Adapter.  If you are using a different model, click here.

Warning!  Windows Vista® and Windows® XP are no longer supported by Microsoft®.  As mentioned in the Microsoft support page online, End of Support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates or online technical assistance.  This is the time to make sure you have the latest available update or service pack installed on your computer.  Without Microsoft support, you will no longer receive security updates that can help protect your computer from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software that can steal your personal information.  For more information click on the following links:

If you would like to use the Linksys Wireless-N adapters on your Windows Vista or XP computer, you can use the appropriate driver for each adapter.  Just click your adapter model to reach the download page:  AE1000AE1200, AE2500AE3000.

Step 1:
Insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive.

NOTE:  If you do not have the setup CD for your adapter, you can follow the instructions here.


Step 2:
Click Set up your Linksys Adapter once the pop-up window appears.


NOTE:  If the pop-up window does not appear, follow the steps below to access your setup software manually:

  • For Windows® 7 / Vista®, go to Start > Computer and double-click your CD-ROM drive.
  • For Windows® XP, go to Start > My Computer.  Select your CD-ROM drive and double-click Setup.exe.

Step 3:
Follow the on-screen instructions to finish setting up your Linksys Wireless-N adapter.


NOTE:  If you want help with the on-screen instructions for setting up your adapter using the setup CD, click here.

Once installed, you can now connect to your Wi-Fi.  For instructions, click here.

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