The Linksys EA6500 wireless router is packaged with a Setup CD.

To set up and install the Linksys EA6500 router software, perform the following steps:

Step 1. Insert the CD into the CD or DVD drive and the Setup should start automatically. If the Setup CD is not available, download the Setup program from

Figure 1 displays the initial Connect your Linksys EA6500 window with instructions to connect the router power and the Internet connection.

Note: In our example, the wireless router will not be connected to the Internet.

Step 2. Click Next to begin the installation.

The Setup program begins the installation and displays a status window (Figure 2). During this time, the Setup program attempts to configure and enable the Internet connection. In the example, the Internet connection is unavailable, and after a few prompts to connect to the Internet, the option to skip this step displays.

The Linksys router settings window displays (Figure 3). This is where the SSID, wireless password, and administrative password is configured.

Step 3. Click Next to display the summary router settings screen (Figure 4). Record these settings if the initial table was not previously completed.

Step 4. Click Next to display the option to configure the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi account window (Figure 5).

This window enables you to manage the router remotely over the Internet. In this example, the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi account is not setup because there is no Internet access.

Step 5. Click Continue to display the Sign In window (Figure 6). Because the Internet connection has not been configured, the administrative router password is required.

Step 6. When the password is entered, click Log in to display the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi home page (Figure 7).