Getting to know the Linksys RE1000

The Linksys RE1000 Wireless-N 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.

This Wireless-N range extender can be set up through:

  • Accessing its web-based setup page
  • Using Linksys Connect software if you have it installed in your computer
  • Using the setup software in the CD that comes with it
  • Using the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) on the RE1000 if your router also supports it

Below are the basic parts and features of the RE1000.

Power - The Power LED lights up white when the extender is powered ON.  The light flashes slowly every three (3) seconds when the device is reset to factory defaults or during a firmware upgrade.  When the extender is ready for use, the light is continuously lit.  If there is an error, the light flashes quickly (every second).

Wi-Fi Protected Setup LED - Take note of the following activities for the WPS LED:

  • When the Wi-Fi Protected Setup process is active, the light flashes slowly.
  • When the Wi-Fi Protected Setup is successful, the light is continuously lit.

Top Panel


 Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button - if you have client devices that support Wi-Fi Protected Setup such as wireless printers, this button automatically configures wireless connection and security after initial setup.

 Power switch - powers the extender ON or OFF.

NOTE:  This functionality is only available in the European versions of the RE1000.

 Reset button - Press the Reset button for eight (8) seconds to reset the extender to its factory defaults.  You can also reset the device from the Administration > Factory Defaults screen in the extender’s web-based setup page.

 Power port - This is where you connect the power adapter.

Bottom Panel


 Ethernet port - the Fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbps) port works as a wireless bridge to instantly connect any wired Ethernet device to a wireless network.  The green LED is lit when an Ethernet device is connected and active on this port.

Product Features:

  •   Supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup for wireless client devices.
  •   Can be set up using Linksys Connect software or through the web-based utility for manual configuration.
  •   Security features include Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) security, which encrypts data on your wireless network.

The RE1000 only supports Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) with hexadecimal format security key.  If your gateway is setup with a WEP ASC II format, contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) for assistance.

  •   RE1000 Linksys Connect Setup Software is compatible with the following operating systems (OS):


o   Windows XP SP3
o   Windows Vista SP1
o   Windows 7
o   Windows 8

Mac OS X®

o   Leopard 10.5.8 or higher
o   Snow Leopard 10.6.1 or higher
o   Lion 10.7 all versions
o   Mountain Lion 10.8 all versions

QUICK TIP:  For more details about this product, visit the Linksys Support Site to browse for more troubleshooting articles, downloadable user guides or firmware updates and other support information.

For a video overview on how to set up the Linksys RE1000, click here.

Related Articles:

RE1000 Frequently Asked Questions
Setting up your RE1000 or RE3000W range extender using the setup CD
Setting up the range extender through a wired connection
Manually configuring a wireless range extender

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