EA8500

The Linksys EA8500 router has Gigabit WiFi, 4 Gigabit ETH-ports and 0 USB-ports. It has a total combined WiFi throughput of 2600 Mpbs.It also supports custom firmwares like: OpenWrt, LEDE Project

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User Manuals
Flashing Custom Firmwares


EA8500 router specifications (specs)

System specs
CPU: 1.4 GHz
RAM: 512 MiB
Flash: 128 MiB
Custom firmwares: OpenWrt, LEDE Project
Connectivity
WiFi: Gigabit (abgn+ac)
WiFi bands: 2.4GHz & 5GHz
WiFi throughput: 2600 Mpbs
WAN: 1 x Gigabit port
ETH: 4 x Gigabit ports
USB-ports: 0

Hard reset instructions for Linksys EA8500

If your EA8500 router is not working as it should, dropping connections or not being responsive, you should first do a reset of the router to see if the problems persist. Other scenarios where you might want to reset your router is if you've forgotten the password or misconfigured it and can't get access anymore.
Your can reset your Linksys EA8500 in the following way(s):

Through the web interface

  1. Open your browser and navigate to the router interface (check default settings below)
  2. Under the Administration tab you will find a sub-tab called Factory defaults
  3. On the Factory defaults page click the button labeled Restore Factory Defaults

With the reset button

  1. Have your unit powered on
  2. Press and hold the reset button for at least 10 seconds until the power light starts blinking, then release.
  3. When the power light goes solid, unplug the power to the router for 10 seconds
  4. Plug the power back in and start the router
  5. When the power light goes solid again the router is ready to use.

The 30-30-30 reset

If the above instructions don't work you can always try the 30-30-30 reset as follows:
  1. When router is powered on, press the reset button and hold for 30 seconds. (Use a paper clip or something sharp)
  2. While holding the reset button pressed, unplug the power of the router and hold the reset button for 30 seconds
  3. While still holding the reset button down, turn on the power to the unit again and hold for another 30 seconds.

This process usually works for resetting any router to it's factory setting. If that doesn't work be sure to check out the questions and answers incase someone else has had similar problems resetting their router.

Note: It is worth reading more about how to reset routers with the 30 30 30 reset and what the risks and considerations are when resetting your router this way, instead of just rebooting it.


Default factory settings for Linksys EA8500

If you have performed a reset of your EA8500 device or not changed the defaults, you should be able to access it with the following settings:

Default Network name (SSID): LinksysXXXXX,LinksysXXXXX_5GHz
Default password: admin 
Default subnet mask: 255.255.255.0

Note: If you are using the default settings you should change them to increase security and prevent unathorized access to your network.

User Manuals for EA8500

Do you still have questions concerning the router that you can't find online? You can always try the manuals where most questions should be answered from the manufacturer. Below are the device manuals available for your EA8500.

Name Type Size Date
User Manual Regulatory (click to download) pdf 1.17 MB April 9, 2015
User Manual (click to download) pdf 1.51 MB April 2, 2015

EA8500 Firmwares

Staying up to date with the latest firmware is a good idea to keep your router even more secure from various security flaws.
If you want to squeeze a little bit of extra functionality out of your router, consider flashing an open-source firmware like dd-wrt, openWRT or LEDE. Flashing a custom ROM can greatly increase the stability and functionality of your old router.
Following are the firmwares that we have identified existing for the Linksys EA8500:

Flashing OpenWrt on the Linksys EA8500

The Linksys EA8500 is supported by OpenWrt according to their Table of Hardware. So flashing OpenWrt onto it should be quite straigthforward.
We couldn't find any specific instructions for flashin OpenWrt on the Linksys EA8500, but since it's listed in their Table of Hardware as supported, you can head over to the OpenWrt install instructions and read on there.
Note: Flashing custom firmwares is always on you're on own risk. Make sure to read OpenWrt's wikis to understand the risks and how to proceed if something goes wrong.

Flashing LEDE Project on the EA8500

The Linksys EA8500 is also supported by the LEDE Project.
To install LEDE aquire the correct firmware from their Firmware downloads page and then follow the instructions on their Quick Start Guide
Note: Make sure to read the LEDE wikis carefully before flashing.

Linksys stock firmware for the EA8500

Stock firmwares for the EA8500 are available under the download section on the modem's support page. You can also refer to the router's manual for instructions on how to upgrade the firmware.




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