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There's nothing to install really, you just need to connect the power supply and a couple of Cat5e/Cat6 patchcords (network cables) of suitable lenghts. You connect one end of each patchcord to the Switch, and other ends to all the devices and computers you want to network together. Observe if the lights that correspond to the socket numbers light up when you connect and turn on each device. That's it. A simple switch like this is completely transparent and acts as a central connecting point for the networked machines.
You'll need to obtain a comms lead - connects into the console port of the switch then into an RS232 port on your laptop. Then, you will be able to connect using hyper terminal and you can give the switch an IP address, username, etc. Even a hard-reset won't allow you to configure an IP address as by default it needs to be configured through the lead. Will they not talk without being configured? If you just hard reset them, they should just behave as unmanaged switches.
You won't be able to get into the internet until you configure your router - hence the security screen. Go to the Linksys book (or "quick start) that came with it should have given you the router's address and password (for instance http://18.104.22.168.and linksys. It'll also give you password instructions for when the security screen comes up. ) Once you're into your router's configuration page. You should be able to follow the steps and then you'll be home free. Good Luck or get back to me.