The Linksys Wireless-N Range Extender lets you repeat the wireless signal of any access point or router to provide Internet connectivity in hard to reach areas through a wired or wireless connection. If an installation CD that comes with it is not available or if you have changed the wireless settings on your router or access point, another way to configure your range extender is through the manual setup and this article will teach you on how to do that.
Before you begin, make sure that you’ve done the following:
1. Identify the router/access point’s wireless settings which are:
• Wireless network name (SSID)
• Wireless channel
• Wireless password or security/network key
2. Reset the range extender - Press and hold the Reset button located at the top panel of the range extender for eight (8) seconds to restore its factory default settings.
Connect your computer to the Ethernet port of your range extender using an Ethernet cable.
NOTE: Images may vary depending on the type of computer or range extender you are using. In this example, an RE1000 is used.
Plug your range extender to the power outlet. Make sure the LED lights are stable.
Launch a web browser and enter the default IP address "192.168.1.1" in the Address bar.
NOTE: If your computer has defined a default startup web page on your browser, the dialog box asking for a username and password will automatically appear.
You will be prompted with a window asking for a username and password. Leave the User Name blank and enter “admin” in the Password field and then, click Log In.
Click Wireless > Basic Wireless Settings.
Set the radio button to Manual then enter your router’s Network Name (SSID).
On the Wireless Security section, select the security settings that match your router’s configuration. Enter your Passphrase or WEP Key then click Save Settings.
WPA2/WPA Mixed Mode
WPA Personal or WPA2 Personal
QUICK TIP: For optimum Wireless-N performance, it is recommended to use WPA/WPA2 wireless security on your router and range extender.
Unplug the power cables of the router and the range extender for 30 seconds. Plug in the router first. Wait for all the lights to be stable then plug in the range extender.
Your range extender should now be in synchronized with your router.
QUICK TIP: In order to make sure that your extender is successfully installed, access your router’s DHCP table and check if the range extender is listed there with its IP address. Ping the extender using a wireless computer and check if you can get replies from it. To learn how to check devices connected to your router through the DHCP table, click here. For instructions on how to perform a ping test on your Linksys device, click here.
Expanding your network
Aside from the range extender, there are also other devices available in the market today that can help you extend your local network either wired or wirelessly such as switches, access points, wireless bridges and etc. You can choose which of these products exactly fit your need. Click here to know more about them.
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