Maximizing the use of Linksys Wireless-N range extenders

What is a Linksys Wireless-N range extender/bridge?

The Linksys Wireless-N range extender/bridge allows you to repeat and extend the wireless signal coming from your access point or router.  It provides Internet access in hard-to-reach areas through wired (through its Ethernet port) or wireless connections.


NOTE:  The Linksys RE2000 v2 image is used as an example.

How can I maximize the use of the Wireless-N range extender?

The Linksys Wireless-N range extender is a very helpful device if you have a spacious house (perhaps with multiple floors).  Maximizing the use of the range extender is essential to fully improve your wireless experience.  Follow the instructions below to know how.

Use a Wireless-N router/access point

Since Linksys range extenders are Wireless-N devices, it would be best if your router or access point also runs on Wireless-N speed to fully utilize their capability.  If your wireless source only supports Wireless-G, then the Linksys range extenders will just run on Wireless-G speed as well.

Use WPA2® wireless security

The Linksys Wireless-N range extender supports four (4) security modes:  WPA2/WPA Mixed Mode, WPA2 Personal, WPA Personal, and WEP.  For optimum Wireless-N performance, it is recommended to use WPA2/WPA Mixed Mode wireless security on your router and range extender.

Strategic location

Sometimes there are places at home where the wireless signal can be very weak and even after doing basic troubleshooting on the router, you still can’t get better connection. 

The Linksys Wireless-N range extenders are designed for flexible placement.  The wall outlet or desktop placement options allow you to optimize the location and position of your device to achieve best possible range and performance.
To improve your wireless connectivity, place the range extender in an area where you are getting strong wireless signal from the router.  A strong wireless signal between your range extender and your router is needed to get better connectivity for computers and devices that will connect to the extender.
QUICK TIP:  If the range extender is very far from the router, or if there are other devices nearby, like a cordless phone, microwave, or baby monitor, the signal may be interrupted.  On the other hand, if it is too close to the router, the signal may not be available either.



Utilize the Ethernet port

After configuring your range extender, you can fully utilize it by connecting a desktop computer (or other wired device) to its Ethernet port.  It works as a wireless bridge to instantly connect any wired Ethernet device to a wireless network. 


Utilize the extended wireless network

Connect multiple wireless devices to your range extender.  The Linksys Wireless-N range extenders act as an extension to your router or access point so you can connect several devices to it. 


Once installed and configured, you should be able to maximize the use of your range extender.  If you still have questions about Linksys Wireless-N range extenders, click on the links below for specific details about these devices:

Getting to know the Linksys RE1000
Getting to know the Linksys RE2000
Getting to know the Linksys RE2000 v2
Getting to know the Linksys RE3000W
Getting to know the Linksys RE4000W
Getting to know the Linksys N600 Pro Wi-Fi Range Extender, RE4100W
RE1000 Frequently Asked Questions
RE2000 v2 Frequently Asked Questions
Linksys RE3000W N300 Wireless Range Extender Frequently Asked Questions
Linksys RE4000W N600 Dual-Band Wireless Range Extender Frequently Asked Questions
Linksys RE4100W N600 Dual-Band Wireless Range Extender Frequently Asked Questions
Linksys RE1000 product features and specifications
RE2000 product features and specifications
RE2000 v2 product features and specifications
RE4000W Product Features and Specifications

Widening your network with other Linksys devices

The Linksys Wireless-N range extenders are network devices that get wireless signal from the router.  It is important that you have a modem from your ISP, and a Linksys Wi-Fi Router or a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router already installed. 

You can widen your home network with other Linksys devices:

  • Linksys PLE500
The PLE500 is a Powerline Gigabit Ethernet adapter that has one (1) Ethernet port.  One of these devices is typically used in a Powerline network to connect your network’s router to the household wiring.  You can also use one of these in any room to connect one (1) wired Ethernet device to your Powerline network.  
  • Linksys WAP600N 
The Wireless-N Access Point with Dual-Band (WAP610N) adds wireless capability to your existing wired network, or upgrades older wireless networks to Wireless-N performance.
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