Getting to know the Linksys E2500 N600 Dual-Band Wireless Router

The Linksys E2500 N600 Dual-Band Wireless Router is a simultaneous dual-band router that lets you access the Internet through wireless connection or by using its four-port switch.  It has four (4) internal antennas.  This Wireless-N router comes with the Linksys Connect  software that allows you to manage your wireless network easily.  It comes with Guest Access and Parental Controls features in the web-based setup page that provide added security to your home network.

IMPORTANT:  Only Linksys Connect versions 1.4.11222 and newer are compatible with OS X® Lion and later.  To verify if your router has this update, check its download page on the Linksys Support Site.  For more information, click hereFor instructions in downloading the latest version of Linksys Connect, click here.

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Enhanced security features are included to help protect your data and privacy while connected online.  These are:

  • Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2™) security provides encryption for data on your wireless network.
  • Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) Firewall Protection blocks unwanted access to your Linksys E2500.

    NOTE:  The IPv6 and IPv4 SPI Firewall Protection features are only available for firmware Ver.1.0.07.  To obtain these features, you must upgrade the firmware of your router accordingly.  For detailed instructions on upgrading your router’s firmware, click

  • Network Address Translation (NAT) technology protects and allows your entire network to access the Internet using a single Internet IP Address.

QUICK TIP:  For a more stable Internet connection using the 5 GHz wireless connection, upgrade your router’s firmware to its latest version.  To learn how, click here.

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User-added image USB port is used to share disk storage with other users on your network or on the Internet.  The USB port is ONLY available to Linksys E2500 v3.

  Ethernet 1, 2, 3, 4 (Green) flashes to indicate network activity on a particular port.

 Internet port light flashes green to indicate network activity.  The connection is between the modem and the router.

 Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) button is used to automatically configure wireless security for your wireless network(s).  To learn more about WPS, click here.

 Power (Green) light turns green when the router is powered ON.  To power ON the router, simply attach the power cord into the Power port of the device and plug the other end into a power outlet.  To switch it OFF, unplug the power adapter from the power outlet.

 Power Port connects to the included power adapter.

Reset button is located at the bottom of the router.  This allows you to reset the router to its factory defaults.  Press and hold the Reset button for approximately five (5) seconds.  You can also restore it to factory defaults from the Administration tab > Factory Defaults sub-tan on the router’s web-based setup page.

Minimum System Requirements

Web Browser

  • Internet Explorer® 6 or later
  • Safari® 3 or later
  • Firefox® 2 or later
  • Google Chrome™
  • Windows® XP with Service Pack 3
  • Windows Vista® with Service Pack 1 or higher
  • Windows® 7 
  • Windows® 10
  • Tiger 10.4.11
  • Leopard 10.5.8
  • Snow Leopard 10.6.x
  • Lion 10.7 
  • Mavericks 10.9
  • Yosemite 10.10
  • El Capitan 10.11
  • macOS™ Sierra 10.12
NOTE:  For more details about this product, visit the Linksys Support Site to browse for more troubleshooting articles, downloadable user guides or firmware updates and other support information.

After getting to know the Linksys E2500 and its features, you may now set up the router and then connect the other home networking devices such as wireless adapters, access points and range extenders to further utilize your wireless network.  To learn more, click on the following links:

Related Articles:

Linksys E2500 N600 Dual-Band Wireless Router Frequently Asked Questions
How to set up your Linksys Wi-Fi Router for the first time using Linksys Connect
Product comparison among Linksys Wi-Fi Routers

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