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Connecting cables to the Linksys X-Series gateway for Initial Setup or Reconfiguration

Properly connecting the cables to and from the Linksys X-Series gateway is vital to establishing local and Internet connection.  You have to make sure that the cables go to the right ports if you want all your devices to get access to the network.

A Linksys X-Series gateway has two (2) major functionalities.  You can either use it as a:

1. Modem-Router

Setting up the Linksys X-Series gateway as a modem-router means that the device will be configured to act as a modem and DHCP server at the same time.  Once it has been successfully configured, you can then share Internet and local access to your network using the router (DHCP) functionality of the device.

2. Router

Setting up the Linksys X-Series gateway as a router means that you will be connecting the device to your current modem and configure it as a DHCP server so it will be able to provide Internet and local access to all your devices in the network.

This article will guide you on how to connect the cables to and from the Linksys X-series gateway for a:

Modem-router setup
Router setup

Modem-router setup

What you’ll need:

• X-Series Gateway
• Ethernet Cables (2 or more)
• 1 Phone Cable
• Power adapter

Step 1:
Power OFF all the devices in the network (i.e. computers, gaming consoles).

NOTE:  If the Linksys gateway is ON, you need to power it OFF as well.  If you’re currently using a DSL modem, you may disconnect it as the Linksys gateway will now act as your modem.

 

Step 2:
Connect one end of the first Ethernet cable to your computer and the other end to any of the Ethernet ports at the back of the Linksys gateway.

QUICK TIP:  Make sure that the Ethernet  LED corresponding to the Ethernet port is lit.

NOTE:  Repeat this step for every computer or device you want to connect to the Linksys gateway.

Step 3:
For DSL connections, connect one end of the phone cable to the DSL  port at the back of the Linksys gateway.  Make sure that the WAN  LED is lit.

Step 4:
Connect the other end of the phone cable to the ADSL line or microfilter.

QUICK TIP:  If there is a phone cable connected from the ADSL line or microfilter going to any port at the back of your old modem, just unplug it from the modem and transfer it to the gateway’s DSL port.

Step 5:
Connect one end of the power adapter cord to the Power port of the Linksys gateway and the other end to the electrical outlet.  The lights that should be lit on the gateways top panel are: Power, WAN, WLAN, Ethernet (the same number as the port where you connected the computer to)

Step 6:
Power ON the wired computer and check if you are online by opening a browser.

NOTE:  If after following the above steps you are still unable to get Internet access, you will need to contact your Internet Service Provider to verify if there are some settings that have to be configured from their end.

What’s next?

Complete the installation or reconfiguration of your gateway as a modem-router by clicking on the link below:

Setting up your Linksys X-Series gateway as a modem-router using the Setup Wizard

IMPORTANT:  In case you experience static connection when using your phone line, you may need a microfilter or splitter.  This is required for users in the UK; other users should contact their Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to verify.  Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) users do not need a microfilter.  If you prefer using it, you must install one for each phone or fax that you use.  To install a microfilter, plug it into a phone jack that has ADSL service, then connect one end of the provided phone cable to the microfilter’s DSL port.

Router setup

What you’ll need:

• X-Series Gateway
• Ethernet Cables (2 or more)
• Power adapter

Step 1:
Power OFF all the devices in the network (i.e. computers, gaming consoles).

NOTE:  If the Linksys gateway is ON, you need to power it OFF as well.

Step 2:
Connect one end of the provided Ethernet cable to your computer and the other end to any of the Ethernet ports at the back of the Linksys gateway.  Make sure that the Ethernet  LED corresponding to the Ethernet port is lit.

NOTE:  Repeat this step for every computer or device you want to connect to the Linksys gateway.

Step 3:
Connect the Ethernet cable coming from the modem to the Cable  port at the back of the Linksys gateway.  Make sure that the WAN  LED is lit.

Step 4:
Connect the power cord to the Power port of the Linksys gateway and the plug to the electrical outlet.

Step 5:
Power ON the computer(s) and check if you are online by opening a browser.

 

What’s next?

Complete the installation or reconfiguration of your gateway as a modem-router by clicking on the link below:

Setting up your Linksys X-Series gateway as a router using the setup wizard

After completing the installation process, you may now connect other computers and devices to the network:


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