Linksys network products come with a unique program called EasyLink Advisor which not only walks you through the setup and connection of your modem, router, computers and devices, but also stores and displays your network information in a user-friendly and easy to understand interface. To move your Linksys network to a new PC, you simply have to uninstall this program from the old PC, and then install it on the new PC and set it up with your network.
Things You'll Need
- EasyLink Advisor software CD or download
- LinkSys router
- Two Ethernet cords
Uninstall EasyLink Advisor from the primary PC, if it is installed, by going to "Add or Remove Programs" in the Control Panel. Select EasyLink Advisor from the list of programs on your computer and click "uninstall". Follow the on-screen instructions and restart your computer if prompted to do so.
Insert the CD that came with your Linksys router in the new computer and follow the on-screen instructions to install the program. If you have lost the CD, visit the Linksys website to download the latest version.
Restart your computer if prompted to do so, and then open EasyLink Advisor. EasyLink will ask if you wish to set up a new network; click “Yes". You will be prompted to use an Ethernet cord to connect your Linksys router to a modem with an Internet connection (if you haven’t already), and then connect your computer to the router with a second Ethernet cord. This is a necessary step even if you wish to set up a wireless network; the wireless setup comes later.
Connect all cords as instructed, and follow the on-screen instructions as EasyLink determines what kind of router you have, tests your Internet connection and sets up your network. When the network setup is complete, EasyLink will ask you if you wish to connect your computer to the router wirelessly. Click “Yes” if you do and proceed to Step 5. You can skip Step 5 otherwise.
Unplug the Ethernet cord connecting your computer to your Linksys router when you are prompted to do so. Make sure that the wireless radio on your computer is enabled (this may require pressing a button or switch, or may be an action initiated by a function key). EasyLink will then test your wireless connection, and let you know if connection to the Internet was successful. Be patient; the first wireless connection often takes a few minutes to detect, connect, and become stored as a default connection for your computer.
Click on the “Actions” tab in EasyLink Advisor once your computer has been successfully connected to the Internet. Click “Add New Computer” or “Add New Device” to begin adding any new wireless-enabled devices to your network.
Tips & Warnings
- You can connect other computers and devices wirelessly to the Linksys network without installing EasyLink Advisor on them; simply turn their wireless radios on, locate your Linksys network in the list of available networks, and click to connect (a security key will be necessary if you chose to required one for your network during setup).
- During the network setup, you will be given the option to make your Linksys network more secure by including a security key. If you choose not to, anybody within range (possibly including neighbors) can connect to your network and use your Internet connection. If you do choose to use a security key, you will need to type the key in for every device that you want to connect to the network. Choose according to your needs.
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