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Setting up the range expander through a hardwired connection

The Linksys WRE54G Wireless-G Range Expander can be configured using a hardwired connection aside from the setup CD that comes with the device.  To configure the range expander manually, follow the steps below:

i.   Checking the wireless settings on the wireless router or access point
ii.  Connecting the computer to the range expander
iii. Setting up static IP on the computer
iv. Configuring the Linksys wireless range expander

Checking the wireless settings on the wireless router or access point

The Linksys wireless range expander and the wireless router or access point’s wireless settings should match in order for them to work properly.  You must first identify the wireless settings of your router:

•    Wireless network name (SSID)
•    Wireless Channel
•    Wireless security mode (WPA/WPA2 Personal or WEP)
•    Network key or passphrase

NOTE:  If you’re using a non-Linksys wireless router or access point, refer to your router’s documentation or contact your router’s manufacturer for support.

•   To learn how to get the wireless settings of your Linksys wireless router, click here.
•   To learn how to get the wireless settings of your Linksys access point, click here.

Connecting the computer to the range extender

Using an Ethernet cable, connect the range expander to the computer.  This will enable you to access its web-based setup page.

NOTE:  Images may vary depending on the type of computer and range expander you are using.  In this example, a laptop computer is used.

Setting up static IP on the computer

You will need to set a static IP on the Ethernet adapter of your computer to be able to communicate with your range expander.  To learn how to set static IP on your computer, click here.

NOTE:  Set the IP address to the 192.168.1.x range where x represents a number between 2 to 255.

Once your range expander and computer are connected, you should be able to access the range expander’s web-based setup page.

Configuring the Linksys wireless range extender

To configure the range expander’s wireless settings, follow the steps below:

QUICK TIP:  For optimum performance, it is recommended to use the Wireless-G range expander with a Wireless-G router.

Step 1:
Access the range expander’s web-based setup page.  For instructions, click here.

NOTE:  If you are using Mac computer to access the range expander’s web-based setup page, click here.

Step 2:
In the Basic Setup page, click Edit Security Settings.

Step 3:
Select the wireless security mode that is used by your router.  Enter wireless network password on the fields provided then click Save Settings.

  •  WPA Pre-Shared Key/WPA Personal

  • WEP


NOTE:  In case WPA Pre-Shared Key security is unavailable, update your range expander’s firmware.  For instructions, click here.

Step 4:
Click Save Settings.

Step 5:
Under the Basic Setup tab, enter your router’s SSID and select the Channel that matches your router’s settings.

NOTE:  The SSID and network key/password are case sensitive.  If your range expander’s channel settings do not match with the router’s channel, the range expander may not work.

Step 6:
Click Save Settings.

The range expander should now be synchronized with the router.  To diagnose connectivity to the range expander, check the LINK and ACTIVITY lights and ensure they are lit up blue.
 

Related Articles:

Using the Range Expander’s Auto Configuration Button

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