Setting up the Linksys RE7000 to Range Extender mode

The Linksys RE7000 Max-Stream™ AC1900+ Wi-Fi Range Extender can be set up in two ways, through the Access Point mode or Range Extender mode respectively.  This article will show you steps on how you can set up the Linksys RE7000 to Range Extender mode. 

Before you start the setup process, make sure you have the following:

  • An active 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz Wi-Fi connection
  • Your router's Wi-Fi settings, including the Wi-Fi name (SSID) and password / security key.
QUICK TIP:  If you lost or have forgotten your router’s Wi-Fi settings, click here to learn how to retrieve it.
Step 1:
Plug the Linksys RE7000 into a power outlet.

NOTE:  Wait for the light to change to orange.  To learn more about this device’s light behavior, click

Step 2:
Using a computer or a mobile device, connect your device to the Linksys RE7000’s default Wi-Fi name, which is Linksys Extender Setup – xxx.  You should be connected to this Wi-Fi to start the setup process.

QUICK TIP:  xxx are the last three characters of the Linksys RE7000’s MAC address.  The MAC address of your Linksys RE7000 is located on the label at the back of the device. 

Step 3:
In your computer or mobile device, open a browser and enter "" or "" in the Address bar and press [Enter] to launch the setup.

Step 4:
Click Start Setup.
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Step 5:
Create an admin password and your password hint then click Save once done.
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Step 6:
Select the As a wireless range extender option then click Next.

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Step 7:
Select your existing Wi-Fi and enter your password when prompted.

NOTE:  If you have a dual-band network, you should see the SSID of both bands.

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QUICK TIP:  If you have a hidden SSID, click Manually Enter Network Name and Password.  Otherwise, wait until it detects your Wi-Fi and select it.
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Step 8:
Create your extended network SSIDs and wireless password.
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Step 9:
The Spot Finder page only appears on Range Extender mode.  This feature determines the signal strength between your range extender and your router.  If your range extender is too far, unplug and move it closer to your router and reconnect to the range extenders’ default SSID and go to "".
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Step 10:
Your device will automatically check for the latest available firmware and update it.
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Your Linksys RE7000 is now setup in Range Extender mode.
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When Linksys RE7000 is in Range Extender mode, the top header will read Dual Band Wireless Range Extender.  After set up, you can log into the web-based setup page to view the updated top header name. 
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QUICK TIP:  To learn of several ways in accessing the Linksys RE7000’s web-based setup page, click here.

Alternatively, you can also set up the Linksys RE7000 to Access Point mode.  To learn how, click on the link below:

Setting up your Linksys range extender in Access Point mode

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