Setting up the Linksys MR55WH

This article will teach you how you can set up the Linksys MR55WH in minutes through the Linksys app using Bluetooth® on your mobile device. 

Before you begin:

  • Download or update the latest Linksys app.
  • Parent router - The parent is the Linksys Mesh router that will be connected to your modem or internet source.
  • Child node/router - The child is an additional Linksys Mesh node/router that you can add to extend your WiFi network. 
    • You can add another Linksys MR55WH or any Linksys Intelligent Mesh product as a child node.
    • In a mixed environment, it is highly recommended to set up the node with the highest WiFi technology as the parent node, while all others are the child nodes, e.g., Linksys MBE7000 as the parent and Linksys MR55WH as the child node.
  • Learn more about the router’s status indicator lights here.

1. First, gather all your equipment.

If you have more than one Linksys Mesh router, make sure to gather all your equipment in the same room as the modem or internet source. You will be able to relocate your child nodes after the setup is complete.

  • Gather all your Linksys Mesh routers or nodes
  • Power adapters for each one
  • One ethernet cable

2. Remove your existing WiFi router.

What are you currently using as your WiFi network?

a. I have a modem (non-WiFi) and a separate WiFi router or existing WiFi mesh system.
  • Remove your existing WiFi router and/or all your devices from the old WiFi mesh system.
  • Power cycle 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.
  • Go to the next step.

c. I do not have any WiFi routers or existing WiFi Mesh systems. 
  • Go to the next step.

3. Connect and power ON your parent router.

If you have more than one router, choose one of the routers, and then connect your modem to the Internet port on the router and power it ON. The light on the front will begin to blink purple.

Parent router

4. Power ON your child nodes.              

If you do not have more nodes to add, go to the next step.

If you are also adding child nodes at this time, power ON all your child nodes near the parent router. They should be no more than 10 ft from the parent or if possible, you can put them in the same room as the parent node.

Make sure that no other cables are connected to any of the ports on the child nodes during setup besides the power adapter.

Child node
5. Make sure that your mobile device isn’t connected to an existing WiFi network, and then launch the Linksys app and tap on Set up a New Wi-Fi Network.

If you are already logged in to the app, tap on the menu icon,  go to Set Up a New Product > Create Another Network, and then follow the on-screen instructions.


6. Tap on Velop and Mesh Routers.


7. Turn on Bluetooth on your mobile device (if prompted). Follow the instructions on the screen or swipe down and tap on the Bluetooth icon to enable it.


8. If you have already connected and powered ON your parent router to the modem, tap Next, and then tap It’s connected.

If you haven’t done so, follow the wiring instructions and tap Next when you are ready.

9. If you have already powered ON your child nodes, tap Next.

If you haven’t done so, make sure to keep your child nodes close to your parent router, no more than 10 ft, and preferably in the same room as the parent. Tap Next when you are ready.

10. Make sure that the nodes have a solid purple light, and then tap on Node light is solid. Keep your phone near the nodes while they are being set up.

11. Internet checking will begin.


If an internet connection is not detected, you will come across the following screen, tap Next for instructions on restarting your modem. 

If your internet connection requires PPPoE settings or a static IP address, tap on Do you have ISP Settings to enter?, select your internet connection type, and then enter your settings.  

12. Name your Wi-Fi.

Customize your WiFi name and password. The WiFi password is case-sensitive. Tap Next once done.


13. On the Privacy Pledge screen, tap Continue when ready.


14. Log in with your existing Linksys cloud account. If you haven’t created one, tap on Create account and follow the on-screen prompts.



15. Configuration is in progress.

Your network is being configured.

16. Once all your nodes have been configured, the following screen will display the nodes that were successfully detected and set up in your network. Tap Next.

You can rename your nodes after you have finished setting them up.

     Network with a parent router only  Network with a parent and child node/router

Missing a node?
  • If you have child nodes to add but forgot to turn them ON in the beginning, or if some of them were not detected, tap on Add more nodes to try again. Make sure to move the nodes closer to the parent node, at least within 10 ft away from the parent node, or preferably in the same room as the parent node.
  • You can also tap Next to complete the setup process and add them later.
  • Here are some troubleshooting tips on how to resolve other possible messages.

17. Tap Next.


18. If you added child nodes, you may now unplug and relocate them. Tap Finish.


19. Your WiFi is ready. Tap on Go to dashboard

If you relocated your child nodes, you may now power them back ON. The child nodes are ready once they have a solid blue light. You can now connect your WiFi devices to your WiFi.


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