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Title: Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 Frequently Asked Questions

Article ID: 28507


TABLE OF CONTENTS

HARDWARE INFORMATION

1. What is the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300?
2. What are the requirements in setting up the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300?
3. How do I set up the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300?
4. Where can I see the default SSID and passphrase of the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300?
5. Will I be able to run the setup on a hardwired computer even though my wireless adapter is disabled?
6. Can I change the default wireless settings during Smart Setup?
7. I have reset the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 and now I can’t launch the Smart Setup.  What can I do?
8. Does the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 support simultaneous dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz)?
9. What USB standards does the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 support and what are their speed limits?
10. Can I connect a USB hub to the USB port on the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 to use multiple devices?
11. What is 802.11ac, and what kinds of speed does it support?
12. What is the default IP address, Username, and Password of the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300?
13. Which wireless band is used to achieve a speed of up to 867 Mbps?
14. What is the media server?
15. How can I reset the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 to factory defaults?
16. Does the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 support Remote Management?
17. Where can I find the router’s serial number?

WIRELESS SECURITY

1. How many wireless security modes does the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 support?
2. Does the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 allow VPN tunnels using IPSec, L2TP, or PPTP protocols to pass-through the router?
3. Does the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 support SPI firewall?
4. Does the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 offer a Filter IDENT that block specific Internet data types?
5. What is the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and what is it used for?

INDICATOR LIGHTS

1. What indicator lights does the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 have and what do they mean?

TROUBLESHOOTING

1. Is it possible to back up and restore settings on the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300?
2. What should I do if I experience dropping or intermittent Internet connection after setting up my EA6300?
 

FIRMWARE UPGRADE METHOD

1. How do I upgrade the firmware on the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300?

SPECIAL FEATURES

1. What DDNS providers does the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 support?
2. How many connection types does the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 support?
3. What is MAC Address Clone and what is it used for?
4. When would a user want to select Bridge Mode for an Internet Connection Type?
5. Can I turn off the LEDs on the router?
6. What is Port Forwarding?
7. What is Port Triggering?
8. Can I print a shared file on my computer while connected to the Guest network?
9. What is UPnP?
10. What is SimpleTap™?
11. Where can I learn more about the SimpleTap™ feature?
12. Can I disable the SimpleTap™ feature on the router?
13. What is Cut Through Forwarding and does the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 support this feature?
14. How do I close an account?
15. What will happen if the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi is down but I still have Internet connection?
16. Can I change the IP address of my router to 192.168.3.1 which is the IP scheme used by the Guest network?

WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY

1. What steps do I do if I experience slow download speed?
2. How do I connect a wireless device to the wireless network of the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300?


HARDWARE INFORMATION

1. What is the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300?

The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1200 Advanced Multimedia, EA6300 is a dual-band 802.11ac wireless router with four (4) Gigabit Ethernet ports.  It also has one (1) 3.0 USB port for storage or printing.

2. What are the requirements in setting up the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300?

Listed below are the requirements for the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300.

Windows OS requirements:

Mac OS® requirements:

Mobile requirements:

Browser requirements:

3. How do I set up the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300?

There are two (2) ways to set up the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 on the computer:

IMPORTANT:  For PPPoE users, in order to start the Smart Setup you must enter “linksyssmartwifi.com” or “192.168.1.1” since you will not be automatically redirected to the Smart Setup wizard.

NOTE:  The CD included in the packaging does not contain any setup software.  It only contains documentation.

4. Where can I see the default SSID and passphrase of the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300?

The default SSID and passphrase can be located on the bottom of the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300.

5. Will I be able to run the setup on a hardwired computer even though my wireless adapter is disabled?

Yes, you will be able to run the setup on a hardwired computer even though the wireless adapter is disabled.  Just connect the router to the computer using an Ethernet cable and start the Smart Setup.

6. Can I change the default wireless settings during Smart Setup?

Yes.  When Smart Setup is run, the wizard will automatically generate system-generated settings for you.  Moreover, it will also give you the option to modify the settings to your liking.  Ensure to write all information down before proceeding with set up.

7. I have reset the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 and now I can’t launch the Smart Setup.  What can I do?

You can try the following troubleshooting steps:

8. Does the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 support simultaneous dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz)?

Yes.  The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 supports simultaneous dual-band.

9. What USB standards does the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 support and what are their speed limits?

The USB port supports 3.0, but is also backward-compatible with older versions of USB.  The USB 3.0 speed limit can reach up to 5 Gbps.

10. Can I connect a USB hub to the USB port on the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 to use multiple devices?

No.  You cannot connect a USB hub to the USB port of your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300.

11. What is 802.11ac, and what kind of speeds does it support?

The draft 802.11ac technology works on the 5 GHz band.  The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 can have a speed of up to 867 Mbps wirelessly when matched with an 802.11ac adapter.

12. What is the default IP address, Username and Password of the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300?

The default IP address is 192.168.1.1 and admin is the default username and password.

13. Which wireless band is used to achieve a speed of up to 867 Mbps?

The 5 GHz band is used to achieve a speed of up to 867 Mbps.

14. What is the media server?

It allows DLNA-certified devices including digital media players, gaming consoles, and digital picture frames to access video, music, and pictures that are stored on a USB hard drive that is connected to the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300.

15. How can I reset the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 to factory defaults?

There are two (2) ways to reset the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 to factory defaults:

16. Does the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 support Remote Management?

Yes, the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 supports Remote Management to other network devices behind the router.  For more information, click here.

NOTE:  The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 does not support Remote Management to the router's web-based setup page without using a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account.

17. Where can I find the router’s serial number?

The serial number is located at the bottom of your router.  You may also view it on your router’s web-based setup page.  Click on Troubleshooting > Status > Report.

WIRELESS SECURITY

1. How many wireless security modes does the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 support?

The router supports seven (7) wireless security options:  WPA2/WPA Mixed Personal, WPA2 Personal, WPA Personal, WPA2/WPA Mixed Enterprise, WPA2 Enterprise, WPA Enterprise, and WEP.

2. Does the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 allow VPN tunnels using IPSec, L2TP, or PPTP protocols to pass-through the router?

Yes.  The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 allows VPN tunnels using IPSec, L2TP, or PPTP protocols to pass-through the router.

3. Does the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 support SPI firewall?

Yes.  The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 supports SPI firewall.

4. Does the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 offer a Filter IDENT that block specific Internet data types?

Yes, this feature keeps port 113 from being scanned by devices outside of your local network.

5. What is the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and what is it used for?

The DMZ screen 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 (1) computer.  Port Forwarding is more secure because it only opens the ports you want to open.

INDICATOR LIGHTS

1. What indicator lights does the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 have and what do they mean?

Indicator Light - Flashes slowly when powered ON, reset to factory defaults, upgrading its firmware or during a Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) connection.  When the router is ready for use, the light is continuously lit.  If there is an error, the light flashes quickly.

ETHERNET 1-4 (Yellow and Green) - The Ethernet ports connect the router to computers and other Ethernet-enabled 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.

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 connect them to the wireless network and configure wireless security.  To know how to connect devices using the WPS feature, click here.

TROUBLESHOOTING

1. Is it possible to back up and restore settings on the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300?

Yes.  To back up the router configurations, access your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account.  Under Router Settings, click Troubleshooting.  Click Diagnostics > Backup.  The new window will prompt you to save your configuration file (.cfg).  Click Save then select your preferred location.  Click Save again and wait until the backup process is completed.

To restore the router configurations, access your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account.  Under Router Settings, click Troubleshooting.  Click Diagnostics > Restore > Choose File.  On the new window that appears, locate and select your configuration file (.cfg).  Click Save.  Click Start to Restore to begin the restoration process.  On the Important popup, click Yes.  On the Router Reboot popup, click OK.  Wait for the restoration process to finish.

2. What should I do if I experience dropping or intermittent Internet connection after setting up my EA6300?

There are various reasons why you are experiencing poor signal or connection.  To learn how to resolve this and other common issues with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers, click here.

FIRMWARE UPGRADE METHOD

1. How do I upgrade the firmware on the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300?

Log in to your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account.  Go to Connectivity and, under the Basic tab, check the Automatic checkbox.  This will automatically upgrade the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 if there is a new firmware available.  You may also click the Check for Updates button to check if there is a new firmware available.

If you wish to upgrade the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 manually, you can click the Choose File button.

SPECIAL FEATURES

1. What DDNS providers does the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 support?

The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 supports DynDNS.org and TZO.com providers.

2. How many connection types does the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 support?

The router supports six (6) connection types:  Automatic Configuration - DHCP, Static IP, PPPoE, PPTP, L2TP, and Bridge Mode.

3. What is MAC Address Clone and what is it used for?

Some ISPs will require you to register your computer's MAC address in order to access the Internet.  If you do not wish to register the MAC addresses of multiple computers with your ISP, you may assign the MAC address that is already registered to the router using the MAC Address Clone feature.  For instructions on setting this up, click here.

4. When would a user want to select Bridge Mode for an Internet Connection Type?

Select Bridge Mode if a user purchases multiple Internet IP addresses from their Internet Service Provider (ISP) and wants those IP addresses to pass onto devices behind the router.

5. Can I turn off the LEDs on the router?

Yes.  Log in to your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account.  Go to Connectivity and, under the Basic tab, turn the Port Lights OFF.

6. What is Port Forwarding?

The Port Forwarding screen allows you to set up public services on your network such as web servers, FTP servers, e-mail servers, or other specialized Internet applications.

7. What is Port Triggering?

Port Triggering will open ports based on the incoming port specified.  Check with your software application to find out what is necessary to enter in these fields.

8. Can I print a shared file on my computer while connected to the Guest network?

No.  The Guest network is a separate network that ONLY provides Internet access to wireless devices.  The router limits communication with other computers.  It has a different password from the main network and does not allow access to files or printers within the main network.

9. What is UPnP?

Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) allows Windows to automatically configure the router for various Internet applications, such as gaming and videoconferencing.

10. What is SimpleTap™?

The SimpleTap™ feature is a simplified way to connect your supported Near Field Communication (NFC) mobile phones wirelessly to the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300.  The router comes with a SimpleTap™ card.  You will need to download the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi App then tap the card to your phone.  Your phone will then connect to your router wirelessly.  Your phone must have the NFC feature enabled for the SimpleTap™ feature to work.  To know how to connect your Android™ smartphone using the SimpleTap™ card, click here.

NOTE:  With SimpleTap, users can take advantage of the WPS connection using the SimpleTap™ card.  To learn how to connect your device using WPS in your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account, click here.

11. Where can I learn more about the SimpleTap™ feature?

Visit http://www.linksys.com/simpletap for more information.

12. Can I disable the SimpleTap™ feature on the router?

Yes.  You can turn OFF the SimpleTap™ feature for NFC devices in the Wireless Tool in the user interface of the router.  To know more on how to enable or disable this feature, click here.  To turn off WPS, click the Wireless Tool then click the Wi-Fi Protected Setup tab.  Click on the button to turn OFF the WPS connection.

13. What is Cut Through Forwarding and does the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300 support this feature?

Cut Through Forwarding is a new feature for Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers (EA6300, EA6400 and EA6700) that increases the router’s performance through bypassing protocols that add extra overhead to router processing (such as packet level inspections, sorting, filtering, and queuing).

Enabling the Cut Through Forwarding feature will only apply to devices that are NOT part of any Parental Controls or Media Prioritization policies since those devices need to be packet inspected.  When disabled, there is no performance enhancement and all clients go through the extra router processing overhead.

QUICK TIP:  This feature is enabled by default.  Disabling this option may improve compatibility with other Wi-Fi devices and services.  If you want to disable it, log in to your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account.  Go to Connectivity > Administration.  Under the Cut Through Forwarding section, uncheck the Enable checkbox.

14. How do I close an account?

Closing the account means erasing/deleting an email address that has a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account associated to it.  To do this, go to the My Account section then click Close account.

NOTE:  This option will only appear when you are signed in with your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account.

15. What will happen if the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi is down but I still have Internet connection?

When the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi is down but the Internet is up, a new messaging will appear prompting customer to login using your Router admin password.

16. Can I change the IP address of my router to 192.168.3.1 which is the IP scheme used by the Guest network?

Yes.  After applying the new IP address, the Guest network IP scheme will automatically change to prevent conflict.  For instructions on how to change the IP address of your router using the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account, click here.

WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY

1. What steps do I do if I experience slow download speed?

If multiple wired and wireless devices experience Internet speed issues, try contacting your ISP (Interenet Service Provider) for isolation.  If not, click here for information on common Wi-Fi issues and their workarounds.

2. How do I connect a wireless device to the wireless network of the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, EA6300?

For instructions on how to connect a smartphone, gaming console or any wireless device to the wireless network of your router, click any of the links below:

iPhone®
Xbox 360®
PlayStation®3
PlayStation®2
PSP® and PSP®go
Nintendo Wii™

 

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