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Setting up the Linksys E9450 router as a parent node using the Setup Wizard

This article will show you how to set up and configure your Linksys E9450 WiFi 6 Router as a parent node.

Before you begin, take note of the following:
  • You can either use a wired computer or a wireless device (e.g., a laptop, tablet or a smartphone) to set up the router.
  • To set up the Linksys E9450 using a wireless device, you first need to remember the default Wi-Fi name and password of the router.  These are located on the router’s product label.  The default Wi-Fi names of the router are Linksysxxxxx-guest and Linksysxxxxx_5GHz-guest (where xxxxx represents the last five digits of the router’s serial number). 
  • The Linksys E9450 connected to the modem is called the parent node.  Other Linksys E9450 routers that you will use to extend the Wi-Fi are called child nodes.  
NOTE:  This article is for Linksys E9450-AH, E9450-CN, E9450-JP, and E9450-KR.
 
Step 1:
Check where your internet connection is coming from and do the following:

 
a.)  If you are using a separate modem and router, disconnect and remove your old router.
 
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b.)  If you are using a modem-router, leave it connected.
 
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Step 2:
Powercycle your modem.  

Step 3:
Power ON your router and wait for its power and WiFi indicator lights to turn solid blue.

Step 4:
Connect the Linksys E9450 to your modem or modem-router using an ethernet cable.

Take note of the following:

 
a.)  If you are using a modem, connect one end of the ethernet cable into the yellow-labeled internet port of the Linksys E9450 and the other end to the ethernet (LAN) port of the modem.

b.)  If you are using a modem-router, connect one end of the ethernet cable into the yellow-labeled internet port of the Linksys E9450 and the other end into any available port on the modem-router.

Step 5:
Using an ethernet cable, hardwire a computer into one of the ethernet (LAN) ports of your Linksys E9450.

NOTE:  If you are using a wireless device to set up the router, connect that wireless device to the default Wi-Fi name of the router and log in using the password from the Linksys E9450’s product label.


Step 6:
Launch a web browser, enter “192.168.79.1” in the Address bar, and hit [ENTER].

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Step 7:
Enter the default username and password then click Apply.


NOTE:  The default Username and Password is admin.  
 
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Step 8:
Click Next.

 
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Step 9:
Create a new router password that meets all the needed requirements.  Click Next once done.

 
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Step 10:
Click on A parent node.

 
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Step 11:
Select your region from the drop-down menu.  Click Next.

 
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Step 12:
Create a Wi-Fi Name and Wi-Fi Password.  Click Next once done. 

 
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It will take up to 90 seconds for the settings to be applied. 
 
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Step 13:
When prompted, connect your computer to the new Wi-Fi you created.  Click Next to continue the setup wizard.

 
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Step 14:
Click Next.

 
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Step 15:
If you don’t have another router or child node to add, click on No I’m done

 
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NOTE:  You can always add child nodes at another time.  For more information on how to add a child node, click here.

Step 16:
If you haven’t connected your modem to the router, do so.  Click Next to proceed.

 
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Detecting the internet connection will take a few minutes.
 

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NOTES:
  • Once an internet connection has been detected, the INTERNET indicator light on the front panel of the router will turn blue.
  • If an internet connection is NOT detected, powercycle your modem, wait until it’s ready, and click on Try Again.
 

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Step 17:
Click on Check for the latest firmware now.  If a new firmware version is available, proceed with installing the update.  Otherwise, click on I’m Done.
 
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Your parent node has now been successfully configured.  If you ever need to run the setup wizard again, just reset the router.  For instructions on how to reset your Linksys E9450 to factory default settings, click here.

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