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Adding a child node to the Linksys Dual-Band EasyMesh WiFi Router

The Linksys Dual-Band EasyMesh™ WiFi Router lets you enjoy the power of WiFi® technology.  It delivers enhanced speed, range, and security for all your networking needs which allows you to swiftly stream HD videos, surf, email, play games online, and chat.  It now supports the EasyMesh feature so you can add other EasyMesh child nodes to extend your WiFi. 

This article will provide instructions on how to add an EasyMesh child node.

Before you begin:
  • A parent node is the router connected to your modem.
  • A child node is another Linksys EasyMesh router that will extend your WiFi, creating an EasyMesh network.
  • All parent and child nodes must have the latest firmware that supports EasyMesh.
    • You may have to manually update the firmware on a child node before you add it to your network.  For instructions, click here.
  • There are several ways to add an EasyMesh child node to the parent node.
    • Adding a child node using the Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) button
      • Quick and easy method
      • The parent node must be set up and online with the EasyMesh feature turned ON.  To turn ON the EasyMesh feature on your router, click here.
    • Adding a child node during the setup of the parent node using the setup wizard - If you are installing the parent node for the first time or you have reset the parent node, you can add an EasyMesh child node at the same time as you are setting up your parent node.
    • Adding a child node through the web interface of the parent node - If the parent node is already set up and you prefer to add the child node through the parent node’s web interface instead of using the WPS button, you can use this method.

Adding an EasyMesh child node using the WPS button
Adding an EasyMesh child node using the setup wizard
Adding an EasyMesh child node through the parent node’s web interface

 
Adding an EasyMesh child node using the WPS button
 
Step 1:
Power ON your child node and wait until the power light turns solid blue.

Step 2:
Press the WPS button on the parent node for 3 seconds.  The power light will then start to flash.

Step 3:
Now press the WPS button on the child node for 3 seconds.  The power light will start to flash.

Step 4:
When pairing is successful, the power light will turn solid blue on both the parent and child nodes.  The Internet light on the child node will also turn solid blue.

You have now added an EasyMesh child node to extend your WiFi.  The child node will appear on the Mesh information table by its default WiFi name.
 
Adding an EasyMesh child node using the setup wizard

NOTE:  The following is an example of adding a Linksys E7350 child node to a Linksys E7350 parent node.
 
Step 1:
Connect an ethernet cable from the internet port of the parent node to your modem.  This will become your parent node.

Step 2:
Power cycle your modem.

Step 3:
Once the power light is solid blue, your node is ready for setup.

Step 4:
Open a browser and type in either “http://myrouter.local” or “http://192.168.1.1” in the Address bar then press [Enter].  To determine the IP address, click here.

Step 5:
Click on the I have read and accept the License Terms for using this software radio button.  Then, click Next to proceed.

 
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Step 6:
Enter your new 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Network Names and Passwords.  You can use the same Network Name and Password for both bands.

 
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Step 7:

Create a Router Password and click Next.  This will be your router’s local administrator password.

 
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Step 8:
Review your new settings, then click Save.

 
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Step 9: 
Connect to your new WiFi name by using the credentials provided on your screen.  Once connected, click Next.

 
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Step 10: 
Click on Yes to add an EasyMesh child node.

 
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Step 11: 
Plug in your child node and wait for the power light to turn solid blue.  Then, click on I’ve Waited 3 Minutes.

 
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Step 12: 
Press the WPS button on the back of the child node for 3 seconds.  The power light will begin to blink.  The power light on the parent node will also start blinking.

 
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Step 13: 
Once the child node has been added, you will get a successful message.  Click Next.

 
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Step 14: 
Give your child node a name and click Next.

 
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Step 15: 
If you want to add more child nodes, click Yes and repeat the process.  Otherwise, click No I’m done.

 
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Step 16: 
Register your device and click on Next.

 
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Step 17: 
Congratulations!  You are now connected to the internet.  Click on the checkbox for Automatic to install updates whenever they are available.  Then, click Done.

 
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You should now have successfully set up the parent node and added a child node using the setup wizard.  If you need to run the setup wizard again, just reset the router.  To close the prompt, click Done.
 
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Adding an EasyMesh child node through the parent node’s web interface

NOTE:  The following is an example of adding a Linksys E7350 child node to a Linksys E7350 parent node.
 
Step 1:
Plug in your child node and wait for the power light to turn solid blue.

Step 2:
Open a browser and type in either “http://myrouter.local” or “http://192.168.1.1” in the Address bar then press [Enter].  To determine the IP address, click here.

Step 3:
Log in using the password of the parent node.

Step 4:
Go to Configuration > WiFi > Basic Wireless Settings.

Step 5:
Click on Add a new node.

 
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Step 6:
If you haven’t powered ON the child node, do so now and wait until the power light is solid blue.  Once it is solid blue, click on I’ve Waited 3 Minutes.


Step 7:
Press the WPS button on the back of the child node for 3 seconds, the power light will start flashing.  The parent node’s power light will also start flashing.

 
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Step 8: 
Once you get a successful message, click Next.  Both the power lights on the parent and child nodes will turn solid blue.

 
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Step 9: 
Create a name for your child node and click Close.

 
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You have now successfully added the child node to your network.

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