Router Linksys EA8500

Here you find how to configure and reset Linksys EA8500 Router.

Linksys EA8500

Preconfigured wireless settings

SSID:
In the documents that come with the router
Password:
In the documents that come with the router

Accessing your router's configuration interface

To connect to your router's web interface, follow these steps:

  1. Switch on router
  2. Set up a connection between the device and the router via Wi-Fi* or network cable
  3. Open web browser
  4. Enter IP address or URL in the address bar and then confirm with ‘Enter’ key
  5. Enter password in the login form and confirm

Reset Linksys EA8500 router to factory defaults

To reset the Linksys EA8500 to its default settings, you have to do the following steps:

  1. Switch on router
  2. For at least 10 seconds, press the Reset button
  3. Restart of the device is automatically executed
  4. Restoration of standard settings is finished

The unit will reboot automatically. Once the power light stops blinking, the unit has been reset and is ready to use. Resetting the router does not reset the firmware to an earlier version, but it will change all settings back to factory defaults.

Linksys EA8500 Router Security

Change Linksys EA8500 Default Wifi Name (SSID)

Rename your Linksys EA8500 Default Wifi Name (SSID). Some Linksys routers come with default network names (with the name of the manufacturer). We recommend to use a different name because a default name unnecessarily identifies the make of your router, making it easier for attackers to break in.

Change Linksys EA8500 Default Password

It’s easy for a hacker to find out the manufacturer’s default password for your Linksys EA8500 router and then use that password to access your wireless network. So it’s wise to change the administrator password for your Linksys EA8500 router. When you’re deciding on your new password, try to pick a complex series of numbers and letters and try to avoid using a password that can be guessed easily.

MAC Address filtering for Linksys EA8500 router

MAC filtering allows you to limit access to your Linksys EA8500 router. To enable this feature, enter into your Linksys EA8500 router the 12-character MAC ID of each computer that will connect to your network. Be sure to update this information if you add or remove devices.

Disabling Broadcast SSID for Linksys EA8500 router

Linksys EA8500 router transmits your Wi-Fi network ID (the so-called SSID) to everyone. This may be changed at will by unchecking the corresponding box in the settings. Then your network will not be so easily hacked. However, as a compromise, you will have to enter the SSID every time that you connect a device to the network. This step is not mandatory.

MAC Address filtering for Linksys EA8500 router

MAC filtering allows you to limit access to your Linksys EA8500 router. To enable this feature, enter into your Linksys EA8500 router the 12-character MAC ID of each computer that will connect to your network. Be sure to update this information if you add or remove devices.

Where are you placing the Linksys EA8500 router in the house?

You wouldn’t think about this at first, but where you place your Linksys EA8500 also has a bearing on your security.

Place the Linksys EA8500 router as close as possible to the middle of your house. The first benefit is that all the rooms in your house have the same access to the Internet. The second benefit is that you don’t want to have your wireless signal range reach too much outside your house, where it can be easily intercepted by cybercriminals.

For this reason, don’t place your Linksys EA8500 router next to a window, since there’s nothing to obstruct the signal going outside your house.