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Title: How to connect additional computers to your Linksys Wi-Fi Router using Linksys Connect

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How do I connect additional computers to my Linksys Wi-Fi Router?
 
After your Linksys Wi-Fi Router has been properly set up and the Internet connection is working, you can now add more computers and devices to your network using the Linksys Connect software to fully utilize your device then take advantage of the router’s different features. 
 
Linksys Connect is a step-by-step setup wizard that will have your networking devices connected wirelessly in minutes.  It also offers powerful tools for managing your wireless network such as Security settings, Guest access, Parental controls and Advanced settings.
 
There are two (2) ways in connecting additional computers.  Click on any of the link below for instructions:
 
i.   Connecting an additional computer through wireless connection using Linksys Connect
ii.  Connecting an additional computer via an Ethernet cable
 
Connecting an additional computer through wireless connection using Linksys Connect
 
Step 1:
Launch Linksys Connect  on your main computer.  If you’re using a Windows computer, go to Start > All Programs > Linksys Connect.  To launch Linksys Connect on a Mac® computer, navigate to the Applications folder in Go, and then start Linksys Connect.
 
Step 2:
On the main Linksys Connect screen, click Computers and devices.               
 
 
Step 3:
When the Computers and other devices screen comes up, click Computer.
 
 
Step 4:
On the Do you have an Easy Setup Key? screen, select I want to connect manually using my wireless settings.  Click Next
 
QUICK TIP:  The Easy Setup Key will not work on computers without wireless capability.  If you want to connect wirelessly, you may need to add a wireless adapter to your computer like Linksys wireless USB adapters.  If not, you can connect the computer via the Ethernet cable. 
 

Step 5:
Take note of the wireless settings.  You will need these to connect your wireless devices to your network.  Then, click Next.
 
 
Step 6:
Follow the instructions on the Connecting another computer screen.  Then, click Next.
 
 
NOTE:  Make sure to disable any third-party wireless utility installed on the additional computer so you won’t encounter any installation issue.
 
Step 7:
Wait until the Linksys Connect software detects the computer you want to add.  Once the computer is detected, click Next.
 
Step 8:
On the computer that you’ve just added to the network, install the Linksys Connect software.  Follow the on-screen instructions.
 
You should now be able to access the Internet on your computer.
 
NOTE:  If you’re still unable to connect your computer to the wireless network using Linksys Connect, you may also choose to connect the wireless computer manually.  To learn how, click here.
 
Connecting an additional computer via an Ethernet cable
 
If the computer you wish to add doesn't have wireless capability, you can connect it using an Ethernet cable.  Your Linksys Wi-Fi Router comes with an Ethernet cable.  Additional Ethernet cables can be easily purchased from your local computer store.  Make sure that the Ethernet cable you purchase is long enough to connect your devices.
 
Step 1:
Connect one (1) end of the Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port of your computer.
 
 
Step 2:
Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable into any of the numbered Ethernet ports at the back of your Linksys Wi-Fi Router.
 
 
You should now be able to access the Internet on your computer.
 
Other things to remember
 
If you are having trouble with your wired connection, here are some things you should look into:
  1. Ethernet cable - Make sure that the Ethernet cable is not defective or broken.        
     
  2. Computer’s network adapter - Disable and enable your network adapter to make sure that it is functioning. 
     
  3. IP address - If you have set a static IP address on your computer, it could be one of the reasons why you are unable to connect to the Internet.  To resolve this, it is recommended that you set your computer to obtain an IP address automatically.  
The Linksys Connect software can also be used with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers (EA2700, EA3500 and EA4500) using the Classic firmware.  However, these routers may also be upgraded to have Linksys Smart Wi-Fi
 
With Linksys Smart Wi-Fi, you can have a secure access to your home network from a browser or mobile device.  Then instantly tap into your home network to check the connection status of your devices, give a guest access to the Internet, or block your child's computer from accessing harmful websites.  You can even prioritize which devices on your network get the most bandwidth to eliminate lag times and buffering.  Click on the links below to learn more:
 
Overview of the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi
Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account Frequently Asked Questions
 
 
Related Articles:
 
How to set up your Linksys Wi-Fi Router for the first time using Linksys Connect
Setting up a Linksys router with Cable Internet service
Setting up a Linksys router with DSL Internet service
Setting up a router with a Static IP account

 

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