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Introduction to Linksys Connect software

The Linksys Connect software is a powerful tool that would help you install and manage your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, Linksys Wi-Fi Router or Linksys X-series Gateway, personalize the wireless security settings of your network, allow Guest access and even specify Internet access for your computers.
 
NOTE:  For more information about this product, visit the Linksys Support Site to browse for more troubleshooting articles, downloadable user guides, firmware updates and other support information.  For the list of devices compatible with Linksys Connect, click here
 

 
NOTE:  Only with the latest version of Linksys Connect will your router and gateway settings automatically synchronize with any changes made through the router’s web-based setup page.  To learn how to download the updated version of the Linksys Connect software, click here.  There may be a need to manually reconnect any wireless device to the network if the wireless network name (SSID) or wireless password was changed.
 
Why should you use Linksys Connect?

1.  Express setup for other computers and devices

 

 
The Easy Setup Key is a USB flash drive that stores the settings of your Linksys Wi-Fi Router, Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router or Linksys X-series Gateway such as wireless network name (SSID) and password.  You can create your own Easy Setup Key to easily connect additional computers.  To learn how, click here
 
To learn more on how to connect additional computers to your Linksys Wi-Fi Router, Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router or Linksys X-series Gateway, click here.
                                                
2.  Restrict your children's Internet access and protect them from harmful websites 
 
Parental controls
is one of the features of Linksys Connect wherein you will be able to restrict the Internet access of your children.  Personalizing your settings will allow them access to the Internet only on times you specified.  You can also block certain websites by specifying the links.  If your children attempt to access a blocked website, a password will be required to access the blocked sites.  To learn how to set up Parental controls to block specific websites, click here.
 
Although the Linksys Wi-Fi Routers (E1200, E1500, E1550, E2500, E3200, E4200 v1 and E8350), Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers (E4200 v2, EA2700, EA3500, and EA4500) and Linksys X-series Gateways (X1000, X2000, X3000, and X3500) allow you to configure the Parental controls feature using the router’s web-based setup page, it is still recommended to use Linksys Connect as the primary configuration method for this feature.  
 
To know learn how to set up Parental controls using the router’s web-based setup page, click here.
 
IMPORTANT:  The Linksys Wi-Fi Routers, E800, E900, E1700, and E2100L do not have the Parental controls feature. 
 

 
NOTE:  Parental controls in Linksys Connect can be set up for up to five (5) computers or devices.  To learn more about Parental controls, click here.
 
3.  A wireless network for guests
 
If you always have visitors in your home that you allow Internet access to, you might want to set up a wireless network especially for guests.  When connected to the Guest network, your guests will only be able to access the Internet without having access to your personal files and printers.  This also prevents them from accessing the computers and devices that are connected to your main network.
 

 
Although the Guest access feature is available in the web-based setup page of the Linksys Wi-Fi Routers (E1200, E1500, E1550, E2500, E3200, E4200 v1 and E8350), Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers (E4200 v2, EA2700, EA3500, and EA4500) and Linksys X-series Gateways (X1000, X2000, X3000, and X3500), it is still recommended to use Linksys Connect as the primary configuration method for this feature.  To know how to configure Guest access through the web-based setup page, click here.  To learn more about the Guest access feature, click here.
 
IMPORTANT:  The Linksys Wi-Fi Routers, E800, E900, E1700, and E2100L do not have the Guest access feature. 
 
4.  Personalize your Linksys Wi-Fi Router, Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router or Linksys X-series Gateway settings 
 
Once you have set up your wireless network, you might need to change some of the settings, such as your SSID and password.  A unique wireless name will let you easily identify your wireless network, especially if there are many wireless networks in your neighborhood.  It is also best to have a wireless password to secure your network.
 

 
To check your Linksys Wi-Fi Router, Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router or Linksys X-series Gateway’s name and password using Linksys Connect, click here.

IMPORTANT:  It is recommended to configure the Advanced settings of the Linksys Wi-Fi Router, Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, or Linksys X-series Gateway using the router’s web-based setup page.  To learn how to do this, click here.
 
 
Related Articles:
 
Linksys Connect Frequently Asked Questions
How to set up your Linksys Wi-Fi Router for the first time using Linksys Connect
Creating and updating an Easy Setup Key for a Linksys Wi-Fi Router or a Smart Wi-Fi Router
Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account Frequently Asked Questions
 

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