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Getting to know the Linksys E1000

The Linksys E1000 lets you access the Internet through a wired or wireless connection using one of its four (4) Ethernet ports.  It supports 802.11n, 802.11g, and 802.11b wireless standards on a 2.4 GHz frequency.  You can also use it to share resources such as computers, printers and files.
A variety of security features help to protect your data and your privacy while you are online.  Security features include:

  • Wi-Fi Protected Access® 2 (WPA2) security which encrypts data on your wireless network
  • Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall to help block unauthorized access to your Linksys Wi-Fi Router, Linksys E1000
  • Network Address Translation (NAT) technology which enhances network protection by allowing your computers to share Internet access through a single, public Internet IP Address

Setup and use of the Linksys E1000 is easy using Linksys Connect, the software that is installed when you run the included Setup CD.  For complete instructions on how to set up your router using Linksys Connect, click here.  Advanced configuration of the Linksys E1000 is available through the provided web-based setup page.

NOTE:  If you lost or misplaced the Setup CD that came with your Linksys E1000 router, click
here to learn how to set it up manually. 

Top Panel

 Port lights 1, 2, 3, 4 (Blue)
These numbered LEDs, corresponding to the numbered ports on the Linksys E1000 back panel, serve two (2) purposes.  The LED is continuously lit when a device is connected to the port.  It flashes to indicate network activity over that port.

 Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) Button
If you have client devices, such as wireless adapters, that support WPS, you can use the WPS button to automatically configure wireless security for your wireless network(s).  The LED flashes when a WPS session is active.  It flashes blue for two (2) minutes during the WPS process and goes steady when the setup process is successful.  The LED lights up amber if there is an error during the WPS process.

 Wireless (Blue)
The Wireless LED lights up when the wireless feature is enabled.  It flashes when the Linksys E1000 sends or receives data over the wireless network.

 Internet (Blue)
The Internet LED lights up when there is a connection made through the Internet port.  It flashes to indicate network activity over the Internet port.

 Power (Blue)
The Power LED lights up when the Linksys E1000 is powered ON.  When the router goes through its self-diagnostic mode during every boot-up, the LED flashes.  When the diagnostic is complete, the LED is continuously lit.

In a common setup, the Power and Internet LEDs are usually activated when the router starts up its normal function.  Depending on whether you use one (1) or all four (4) router ports, its respective numbered port LED should be triggered.  The Wireless LED turns ON when the wireless functionality is enabled, and the WPS button will only light up when the WPS process is initialized.  If you are having difficulty with blinking Power LED on a router, click

Back Panel


The Internet port is where you connect the network (Ethernet) cable from your Internet connection.  In most cases, you will be connecting one end of the network cable to the Ethernet port on your cable or DSL modem and the other end to the Internet port on your Linksys E1000. 

 Ethernet Ports 4, 3, 2, 1
Using network cables, these Ethernet ports (4, 3, 2, 1) connect the Linksys E1000 to computers or other devices on your wired network that have Ethernet ports such as gaming consoles, HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc™ players, or printers.

There are two (2) ways to reset the Linksys E1000 to its factory defaults.  For detailed instructions on how to do this, click

The Power port is where you connect the power adapter.  Just unplug the power adapter to power OFF the device.

Minimum System Requirements

Web Browser

  • Internet Explorer® 6 or higher
  • Safari® 3 or higher
  • Mozilla Firefox® 2 or higher

Operating System for Linksys Connect


  • Windows® XP with Service Pack 3
  • Windows® Vista with Service Pack 1 and later (32 and 64-bit)
  • Windows® 7 (32 and 64-bit)


  • OS X Tiger 10.4.11
  • OS X Leopard 10.5.8
  • OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.1


  • Linksys Connect 1.3 Software
  • Wireless adapter must support WPA/WPA2

NOTE:  For more details about this product, visit the Linksys E1000 Product Page to browse more troubleshooting articles, downloadable user guides or firmware updates and other support information.

Expanding your network

Your router has the capability to connect multiple devices in the network such as smartphones, game consoles and printers.  If you have a large house with devices that require top wireless speeds and a wide range, you can also extend the range of your wireless network by using other networking devices from Linksys such as the Powerline adapters.  To know more about Powerline adapters, click

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