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Linksys E1000 Cisco connect software

Updated on September 19, 2011

Cisco has launched new software with its new E series and Valet routers. Cisco connect software will make your network setup very easy. It can transform anyone into networking expert.

Linksys E1000 is nothing but Linksys WRT160N router with the Cisco connect software included. Linksys E3000 is nothing but Linksys WRT610N router with the Cisco connect software.

You can use the Cisco connect software for the initial set up of your new E series router. While running the software for the first time it will ask you to connect the modem to the router. But will not ask you to connect the computer to the router. However it will be better if you connect the computer to the router with an Ethernet cable. Otherwise it will not find the router and you will get the error “we did not find your router”. Run the program and at the end it will connect you to the Internet. You don't need to do anything. The software will do all the settings on its own. It will also create the new wireless network with the unique name and password. Your wireless network name will be fully name like the name of fruit or animal with color for example white monkey or anything else. You will get all the wireless settings at the end of the installation. You can later change the SSID and the security key.

It is recommended that you should change the basic wireless settings using the Cisco connect software and not the router web based utility. If you change the security settings using web based utility then the software will no longer work. Also the Cisco connect software is not compatible with WEP security settings.

You can set up your E series router without the Cisco connect software also. You just need to open the setup page of the router and change the settings manually.

You can set up your E series router without connecting the computer to the router with an Ethernet cable. Reset the E series router to factory default settings. Now, search for the wireless network on your wireless computer. You will see your wireless network name as “ciscoABCDE “where A, B, C, D, E will be the last 5 digits of the serial number on your router. Check the last 5 digits of the serial number serial number at the bottom of your router. Connect to that wireless network. The default password for that network will be “password “. Once you connect to the wireless network, you can set up your router. Again you can run the CD.

Once you install the Cisco connect software, you will find this software under all programs on your windows computer. When you open the software, you will get 4 options there.

  1. Computer and Devices. You can create Easy setup key to connect other computer to the wireless network easily.
  2. Parental control: you can restrict the Internet access for a particular tile. Click here
  3. Guest access settings: Here you can manage your guest access settings. Click here
  4. Advanced settings: You can change the name of the network or security settings. Also you can open the router setup page.

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      Katprice 4 years ago

      If you're supposed to be able to get the SSID number from Cisco Connect, what do you do if it won't install Cisco Connect because you don't have the SSID number?

      I reset my unit after receiving this used router from a friend.

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      Anne Felteau 5 years ago

      I need to know the guest password. I have Lynsis2000 Cisco router.

      Thank you,

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      routerexpert123 5 years ago

      I think you should reset the router and reconfigure it from the beginning.


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      Ron Maguire 5 years ago

      i unplugged the router and when i plugged it back in the system won't accept my password. so now i have no wifi because it won't accept it what do i need to do now.

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      Norma 6 years ago

      I lost my cd software for my cisco lynksys router is there an alternative?

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      Honeybee 6 years ago

      I tried to install my E1000 router using Cisco connect. But every time I run the CD, I get the error message ' Router not found.'. I did reset the router many times. The cable is connected properly too. Finally I installed it manually.

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      chrisbiz 6 years ago

      the only way to obtain the guest password (aside from someone giving it to you) is to open cisco connect. within the lower left square it says that guests can connect to "networkname"-guest using the guest password that is listed there. the router creates a password by default, or the owner can change it. if you are looking for something simple like "default123" so that you can jump on someone else's router, you're sh*t out of luck.

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      Hannetjie 6 years ago

      I cannot find the password for Linksys E1000 for the guests PC's.

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      Peggy 7 years ago

      I have one laptop connected to the router successfully, but not my second one. It's asking for a password. What is the password? Why was it not mentioned in the tutorial?

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      Joaquin  7 years ago

      where do u get a new guest password if you lost it?

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      Ramon Reyes 7 years ago

      Good morning,

      I am not able to connect to my Linksys E1000 router with the wireless function. It is asking for a Guest Password which I don't have. Would you be so kind to provide it. Please reply to emails and Thank You in Advance. Ramon O. Reyes Miami,FL

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      emtaylor 7 years ago

      how do i find what the password is so i can use the iphone in my house

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      Linda 7 years ago

      Cisco connect software is really a very good software. I was not able to install it. I tried many times but finally I got it working without Cisco connect software

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      routerexpert123 7 years ago

      Well if you reset the router to factory default then the default password will be " admin ". If you install the Cisco connect software then the wireless network key will be the password to access the router setup

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      Sabrina 7 years ago

      What is the default password for Linksys E1000 router ? I am trying to access the router setup.