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Getting to know the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA3500

What is the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA3500?

The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router N750 Smooth Stream, EA3500 is one of the latest innovations of the Wireless-N technology.

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• It is equipped with the latest version of Linksys Smart Wi-Fi, for easier set up and network management.

• Simultaneously broadcasts 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies.

NOTE:  To make sure that your router is broadcasting a wireless signal for your network, check if your wireless network name (SSID) is in the list of available networks.  You may also change your router’s wireless network name and password to your preferred settings.  To learn how, click here.

• The new Guest access feature makes sharing Internet access to other wireless devices possible while maintaining maximum security to your home network.

• Four (4) Gigabit Ethernet ports on the back that can provide faster data transfer on your wired network.

• Inter-operable with Wireless A, B, G, and N network devices.

Various security features help 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 router;
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 router is easy using Linksys Smart Wi-Fi, the software that is installed when you run the included CD.  Advanced configuration of the router is available through the provided web-based setup page.

For more wireless bandwidth, the router can create two (2) simultaneous yet separate Wireless-N networks, one (1) using the 5 GHz radio frequency band and one (1) using the 2.4 GHz band.  For example, you may use the Wireless-N 2.4 GHz network to surf, email, and print while keeping the less crowded, Wireless-N 5 GHz network free for time-sensitive traffic like Voice over IP (VoIP) calls, online gaming, and high-definition video.  The Guest Access feature allows you to provide Internet access up to 50 guests visiting your home without granting them access to your local network.

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

Top panel 

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Back panel 

Ethernet 1-4 (Yellow and Green)
These Ethernet ports connect the router to computers and other Ethernet network devices on your wired network using Ethernet cables.

The yellow light flashes to indicate network activity over that port.  The green light turns ON when the local network port is connected to a 10/100/1000 port with auto-MDIX.

NOTE:  You can now manage the port lights of the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA3500 through its web-based setup page.  Click here for instructions.

Internet (Yellow and Green)
Using an Ethernet cable, the Internet port connects the router to your Internet connection, which is typically a Cable or Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) modem.

The yellow light flashes to indicate network activity over that port.  The green light turns ON when the Internet port is connected to a 10/100/1000 port with auto-MDIX.

Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) button
If you have client devices, such as wireless printers, that support Wi-Fi Protected Setup™, you can press the WPS button to automatically configure wireless security for your wireless network.  To know how to connect devices using the WPS feature, click here.

USB Port
With a USB storage device, you can easily share disk storage with other users in your network.  The USB 1.1 standard supports speeds up to 12 Mbps.  The USB 2.0 standard supports speeds up to 480 Mbps.

QUICK TIP:  The USB port supplies up to 1000 mA power on devices.  It is also FAT32, NTFS, HFS+journaled and non-journaled capable for data storing formats.

NOTE:  The router also supports connection to a USB printer.  You will also need the latest version of Linksys Connect to be able to make use of the functionality.  The firmware installs after a prompt upon running Linksys Connect.  To learn how to download Linksys Connect, click here.  For instructions on how to connect a USB printer to your router using Linksys Connect, click here.

Power indicator

  • Stays on steadily while power is connected and following a successful Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ connection.
  • Flashes slowly during boot-up, during firmware upgrades, and during a Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ connection.
  • Flashes quickly when there is a Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ error.

The Power port connects to the included power adapter.

Bottom part 

This button allows you to reset the router to its factory defaults.  This button is located underneath the router.  Press and hold this button for 5-15 seconds (until the port lights flash at the same time) to reset the router to its factory defaults.  You can also restore the defaults using the browser-based utility.  As an alternative, you can restore the defaults from the Administration tab > Factory Defaults sub-tab in the router’s web-based setup page.

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The new Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA3500 router has an Auto Firmware Update feature.  With this, you will also be able to restore to a previously loaded firmware.  For more information, click here.

System Requirements

I. Browser Minimum Requirements

  • Internet Explorer® 7
  • Safari® 4
  • Mozilla Firefox® 3

II. Operating System (OS) Requirements

Windows OS Minimum Requirements (For Printer Utility)
  • Windows XP with Service Pack 3
  • Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 and later (32 and 64-bit)
  • Windows 7 (32 and 64-bit)
  • Windows 8 (32 and 64-bit)
  • Windows 8.1 (32 and 64-bit)
  • Windows 10 (32 and 64-bit)
Mac OS X® (For Printer Utility)
  • Tiger 10.4.11
  • Leopard 10.5.8
  • Snow Leopard 10.6.1
  • Lion 10.7
  • Mountain Lion 10.8
  • Mavericks 10.9

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