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RE3000W v2 Frequently Asked Questions

TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
HARDWARE INFORMATION
                                              
1. What is the Linksys RE3000W v2?
2. What are the features of the RE3000W v2?
3. What default IP address, username and password can be used to login to the RE3000W v2?
4. How many antennas does the RE3000W v2 have?
5. What’s the difference between the RE3000W v1 and v2? 

INITIAL SETUP
 
1. What do I need to prepare before setting up the RE3000W v2?
2. Can I configure the RE3000W v2 using a wired computer?
3. What are the required operating systems (OS) compatible with the RE3000W v2?
4. How do I set up the RE3000W v2?
5. How can I tell which wireless router or access point my RE3000W v2 is connected to?
6. Do I need to install software on my computer to set up the RE3000W v2?
7. Can I use the Setup software for RE3000W v1 to set up RE3000W v2?
8. Does the RE3000W v2 come with a Setup software? 

FIRMWARE UPGRADE
 
1. How do I upgrade the firmware of the RE3000W v2?
2. Can I use the firmware for the RE3000W v1 to set up RE3000W v2 or vice versa? 

CONNECTION & SECURITY
 
1. What wireless security modes does the RE3000W v2 support?
2. Does the RE3000W v2 have a built-in DHCP server?
3. Which wireless connection standards and frequencies are supported by the RE3000W v2? 

SPECIAL FEATURES
 
1. How is the RE3000W v2 different from the other Linksys Range Extenders? 

TROUBLESHOOTING
 
1. What should I do when I cannot get the RE3000W v2 connected to the router or access point?
2. What should I do when I experience intermittent connection problems? 
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HARDWARE INFORMATION
 
1. What is the Linksys RE3000W v2? 

The Linksys RE3000W v2 N300 Wi-Fi 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.  To know more about it, click here.
 
2. What are the features of the RE3000W v2? 

The RE3000W v2 has the following features:
  • Single 2.4 GHz band 802.11n
  • Compliant with 802.11 b/g/n
  • 2x2 MIMO Internal antennas
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS)
  • One (1) 10/100 Mbps auto-MDIX Ethernet port 
3.  What default IP address, username and password can be used to login to the RE3000W v2?
 
When the extender does not detect a DHCP server in your network, it will default to 192.168.1.1. The Username and Password is admin.  Once the extender has detected a DHCP server in your network, it will obtain an IP address from your DHCP server IP scheme.
 
4.  How many antennas does the RE3000W v2 have?

 
It has two (2) internal antennas.
 
5.  What is the difference between the RE3000W v1 and RE3000W v2?
 
The RE3000W v2 is a small form factor.  Also, the setup process varies on both.  The RE3000W v1 uses the Setup software that comes with the Setup CD while RE3000W v2 can be configured using its own web-based setup page and no additional Setup software is required.
 
INITIAL SETUP
 
1.  What do I need to prepare before setting up the RE3000W v2?

 
Before you start the setup process, make sure that you have the following:
  • An existing active 2.4 GHz wireless network connection 
  • Wireless Network Name (SSID) of your 2.4 GHz network
  • Password or Security Key (case-sensitive) 
2.  Can I configure the RE3000W v2 using a wired computer?
 
Yes.  This is an alternative method.  Connect a computer to the Ethernet port and login to the web-based setup page.  After you have configured the extender, you can disconnect your computer and move it to your desired location.
 
3.  What are the required operating systems (OS) compatible with the RE3000W v2?
 
Below are the compatible OS as of January 2015:

Windows
  • Windows XP SP3
  • Windows Vista SP1
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8 
Mac OS X®
  • Leopard 10.5.8 or higher
  • Snow Leopard 10.6.1 or higher
  • Lion 10.7 all versions
  • Mountain Lion 10.8 all versions
  • Mavericks 10.9
  • Yosemite 10.10 
To learn about future Operating System updates, check the RE3000W v2 product page by clicking here.
 
4. How do I set up the RE3000W v2? 

The Linksys RE3000W v2 can be set up through its web-based setup page.  To learn how to set it up, click here for instructions.
 
5.  How can I tell which wireless router or access point my RE3000W v2 is connected to?
 
Once the range extender is associated to an access point, access its web-based setup page and go to Status > WLAN Statistics then look for AP MAC address.  This will have the MAC address of the AP or wireless router where the range extender is associated to, along with other wireless statistics.
 
6. Do I need to install software on my computer to set up the RE3000W v2?
 
No.  The RE3000W v2 is configured only through its web-based setup page. 
 
7. Can I use the Setup software for RE3000W v1 to set up RE3000W v2?
 
No. 

8. Does the RE3000W v2 come with a Setup software?
 
No.
 
FIRMWARE UPGRADE
 
1.  How do I upgrade the firmware of the RE3000W v2?

 
For detailed instructions on how to upgrade the firmware of the Linksys range extender, click here.
 
2.  Can I use the firmware for the RE3000W v1 to set up RE3000W v2 or vice versa?
 
No.
 
CONNECTION & SECURITY
 
1. What wireless security modes does the RE3000W v2 support? 


The Linksys RE3000W v2 supports WEP (64-bit/128-bit), WPA-Personal, WPA2-Personal, and WPA2/WPA Mixed Mode.
 
2. Does the RE3000W v2 have a built-in DHCP server? 

Yes.  However, this is only used to temporarily access the web-based setup page to configure the RE3000W v2 and when there is no DHCP server detected in the network.  The RE3000W v2 will obtain an IP address from a DHCP server in the network once connected.
 
3.  Which wireless connection standards and frequencies are supported by the RE3000W v2?
 
The RE3000W v2 supports 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11n.
 
SPECIAL FEATURES
 
1.  How is the RE3000W v2 different from the other Linksys Range Extenders?
 
To know the difference among Linksys Range Extenders, click here.
 
TROUBLESHOOTING
 
1.  What should I do when I cannot get the RE3000W v2 connected to the router or access point?

 
Here are some things that you can do to resolve connection issues:
  • For first-time setup, you may need to place the extender closer to the router.  After you’ve set up your extender, you can unplug it and move it to the final location.
  • To reduce signal obstructions, try alternate locations for the router and extender.
  • Avoid placing the router and extender near metal objects, masonry walls, and reflective surfaces such as glass or mirrors.
  • Avoid placing the router and extender near other electronics that may cause signal interference.
  • If you’re using WPS to connect, wait until the WPS indicator stops blinking before trying to make the connection again. 
2.  What should I do when I experience intermittent connection problems?
 
Plug in the range extender midway between your router and the area without Wi-Fi.  Be sure you have at least 50% of your router’s Wi-Fi signal at that point on the device you used for setup.
 
 
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Linksys RE3000W Frequently Asked Questions

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