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Linksys E800 N150 Wi-Fi Router Frequently Asked Questions

TABLE OF CONTENTS

HARDWARE INFORMATION

  1. What is the Linksys E800 N150 Wi-Fi Router?
  2. What are the system requirements of the Linksys E800?
  3. What are the default IP Address, Username and Password used to login to the Linksys E800?
  4. How do I reset the Linksys E800 to factory defaults?
  5. What is the warranty period of the Linksys E800?
  6. How do I reboot the Linksys E800?
  7. What is the latest version of the Linksys E800 and how do I get its firmware version?

SECURITY

  1. What is the default wireless network name (SSID) of Linksys E800?
  2. How many security modes are supported in the Linksys E800?
  3. Does the Linksys E800 allow VPN tunnels using IPSec, L2TP or PPTP protocols to pass through the router?
  4. Does the Linksys E800 support Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall?

FIRMWARE UPGRADE

  1. How do I upgrade the firmware of the Linksys E800?

SPECIAL FEATURES

  1. What software does the Linksys E800 come with?
  2. What connection type does the Linksys E800 support?
  3. Does the Linksys E800 have Parental Controls feature?
  4. Does the Linksys E800 have Guest Access features?
  5. Does the Linksys E800 support wireless Quality of Service (QoS) and Internet Access Priority QoS?
  6. Does the Linksys E800 support transmission of the log information to a log server?
  7. Will the Linksys E800 lose its current settings when the firmware has been updated?
  8. What is MAC Address clone and what is it for?
  9. What is the MAC Filter feature for?
  10. What is Diagnostics and what is it for?
  11. What is Port Forwarding and Port Triggering?
  12. What is DMZ and what is it for?
  13. What network modes does the Linksys E800 support?
  14. Does the Linksys E800 support IPv6?
  15. What does UPnP mean and how do you enable it?
  16. How do I connect my mobile devices and gaming consoles to the Linksys E800?

HARDWARE INFORMATION

1. What is the Linksys E800 N150 Wi-Fi Router?

The Linksys E800 N150 Wi-Fi Router is a high-speed single-band (2.4 GHz) 802.11n wireless router with IPv4/IPv6 dual-stack support.  This router can be used to share network resources to various wired and wireless devices such as laptops, mobile devices and gaming consoles.  It has four (4) fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbps) ports to connect wired devices to the network.  The Linksys E800 also features security functions such as the SPI firewall to help protect your data and privacy online.

NOTE:  To know more about the features of the Linksys E800, click here.

2. What are the system requirements of the Linksys E800?

The system requirements are as follows:

  • Windows® XP SP3, Windows Vista® SP1, Windows® 7, Windows® 8
  • OS X® 10.5.8, 10.6.1, 10.7, 10.8
  • Browser - Internet Explorer® 7, Safari® 4, Firefox® 3 or higher version 

3. What are the default IP Address, Username and Password used to login to the Linksys E800?

The default IP Address is 192.168.1.1.  The Username and the password is admin.

4. How do I reset the Linksys E800 to factory defaults?

There are two (2) ways to reset the Linksys E800 router to factory defaults.

Hardware Reset – Press and hold the Reset button located at the bottom of the router for about five (5) seconds then release.
Software Reset – Access the router's web-based setup page, go to Administration tab > Factory Defaults sub-tab, click the Restore Factory Defaults button.

NOTE:  For more instructions on how to reset your router to factory default, click here.

5. What is the warranty period of the Linksys E800?

The warranty period is dependent on the country of purchase.  For more information about your device's warranty, click here.

6. How do I reboot the Linksys E800?

You can reboot your Linksys E800 by powering OFF the router then powering it back ON.  The switch can be found at the back of the router.  You can also click the Reboot button under the Basic Setup tab on the router's web-based setup page.

7. What is the latest version of the Linksys E800 and how do I get its firmware version?

The latest firmware version of the Linksys E800 router is version 1.0.01.004.  To know your router firmware’s version, go to the web-based setup page and check the top-right corner of the page.  For detailed instructions on how to do this, click here.

SECURITY

1. What is the default wireless network name (SSID) of Linksys E800?

The default Wireless Network Name (SSID) of the Linksys E800 is Linksys000xx, wherein the last two (2) digits are the last two (2) digits of the router’s serial number.

NOTE:  To learn how to find the serial number, click here.  You have to upgrade your firmware to have Linksys00xx as your default SSID.

2. How many security modes are supported in the Linksys E800?

The router supports eight (8) security modes:

  • WPA2™-Personal (AES) / WPA™-Personal (TKIP) Mixed Mode
  • WPA2™- Enterprise (AES) / WPA™- Enterprise (TKIP) Mixed Mode
  • WPA2™-Personal (AES)
  • WPA2™-Enterprise (AES)
  • WPA™-Personal (TKIP)
  • WPA™-Enterprise (TKIP)
  • WEP (64-bit and 128-bit)
  • WEP (64-bit and 128-bit) used with RADIUS server

NOTE:  To learn how to setup your network’s wireless security, click here.

3. Does the Linksys E800 allow VPN tunnels using IPSec, L2TP or PPTP protocols to pass through the router?

Yes, the Linksys E800 allows you to enable VPN tunnels using IPSec, L2TP or PPTP protocols to pass through the router’s firewall.

NOTE:  To learn how setup the VPN passthrough on your Linksys E800 router, click here.

4. Does the Linksys E800 support Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall?

Yes, the Linksys E800 router supports SPI firewall for both IPv6 and IPv4 connections.

NOTE:  To learn how to configure the SPI firewall for your IPv6 and IPv4 connections, click here.
 

FIRMWARE UPGRADE

1. How do I upgrade the firmware of the Linksys E800?

Step 1:
Access your router’s web-based setup page.  To learn how, click here.  If you are using a Mac® computer, click here.

Step 2:
Go to the Administration tab and select Firmware Upgrade.

Step 3:
Select the file to upgrade by using the Browse... button.

Step 4:
Click Start to Upgrade.

NOTE:  Do not reset the router until the upgrade is complete.  For detailed instructions on how to upgrade your firmware, click here.
 

SPECIAL FEATURES

1. What software does the Linksys E800 come with?

The Linksys E800 comes with Linksys Connect software version 1.4.  

NOTE:  To learn how to setup your Linksys E800 router for the first time using Linksys Connect, click here.

2. What connection type does the Linksys E800 support?

The Linksys E800 supports the following connection types:

  • Automatic Configuration – DHCP
  • Static IP
  • PPPoE
  • PPTP
  • L2TP
  • Telstra Cable
  • Bridge Mode

3. Does the Linksys E800 have Parental Controls feature?

No.

4. Does the Linksys E800 have Guest Access features?

No.

5. Does the Linksys E800 support wireless Quality of Service (QoS) and Internet Access Priority QoS?

Yes.

NOTE:  To learn more about configuring the QoS of a Linksys router, click here.

6. Does the Linksys E800 support transmission of the log information to a log server?

No, it can only view and save traffic logs to your computer.

NOTE:  To learn more about the logs feature of your Linksys router, click here.

7. Will the Linksys E800 lose its current settings when the firmware has been updated?

Yes, that is why it is recommended to back up the router's settings before upgrading and resetting it.

NOTE:  To learn how to back up your Linksys router’s settings, click here.

8. What is MAC Address Clone and what is it for?

Some Internet Service Providers (ISP), especially Cable companies, require you to register the MAC Address of the modem, router, or Ethernet adapter of the computer in order to access the Internet.  If you do not wish to re-register the MAC Address currently registered with your ISP, you may assign the MAC Address you have currently registered with your ISP to the router using the MAC Address Clone feature.

If you want to clone the MAC Address of the computer that you are using to configure the router, click the Clone My MAC Address button in the router's web-based setup page.  The router will then automatically detect your computer’s MAC Address, so you do NOT have to call your ISP to change the registered MAC Address to the router’s MAC Address.

NOTE:  It is recommended to use the computer registered with the ISP to enable the MAC Address Clone feature of the router.

9. What is the MAC Filter feature for?

Wireless MAC Filter prevents or allows connectivity to the wireless network with the use of the wireless MAC Address of the device.  To know more about it, click here.

NOTE:  You can add up to 32 Mac Addresses in the Mac Address Filter list.

10. What is Diagnostics and what is it for?

The Diagnostics (Ping and Traceroute) allows you to check the connections of your network devices, including connection to the Internet.

11. What is Port Forwarding and Port Triggering?

Port Forwarding allows you to set up public services on your network, such as web servers, ftp servers, e-mail servers, or other specialized Internet applications.  On the other hand, Port Triggering forwards port based on the specified incoming port.  You can set up to 10 port triggering entries.

To learn more about the differences between Port Forwarding and Port Triggering, click here.

NOTE:  To learn how to set up Port Range Forwarding on a Linksys Wi-Fi Router, click here.  To learn how to configure Port Range Triggering in your router’s web-based setup page, click here.

12. What is DMZ and what is it for?

Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) allows one (1) local user to be exposed to the Internet for use of a special-purpose service such as Internet gaming and videoconferencing.  DMZ hosting forwards all the ports at the same time to one computer.  However, Port Range Forwarding is more secure because it only opens the ports you want to forward, while DMZ hosting opens all the ports of one (1) computer, exposing the computer to the Internet.

13. What network modes does the Linksys E800 support?

The Linksys E800 supports the following network modes:

  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n

14. Does the Linksys E800 support IPv6?

Yes.  Configuring your IPv6 setup for Linksts E800 is similar to Linksys E900.  To learn how, click here.  To learn more about IPv6, click here.

15. What does UPnP mean and how do you enable it?

Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) allows Windows to automatically configure the router for various Internet applications, such as gaming and video conferencing.  To learn more about the UPnP feature, click here.

16. How do I connect my mobile devices and gaming consoles to the Linksys E800?

You can use the Linksys Connect software to connect your mobile devices and gaming consoles to your Linksys E800.  To learn more, click here.

NOTE:  To learn how to connect your wireless computer to your network, click here.

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