The Linksys Wireless-N Range Extender lets you repeat the WiFi signal of any access point or router to provide internet connectivity in hard-to-reach areas through a wired or WiFi connection. This article will guide you on how to manually configure your WiFi range extender.
Before you begin, make sure that you’ve done the following:
1. Identify the router/access point’s WiFi settings which are:
• WiFi name (SSID)
• WiFi channel
• WiFi password or security/network key
You can check or change your WiFi settings by following the instructions in the links below:
Checking the WiFi name and password
Changing the Wi-Fi settings using the Linksys cloud account
2. Reset the range extender - Press and hold the Reset button located at the top panel of the range extender for 5 seconds or until the light starts blinking to restore to its factory default settings.
To manually configure your WiFi range extender, below are the steps.
1. Connect your computer to the ethernet port of your range extender using an ethernet cable.
Images may vary depending on the type of computer or range extender you are using. In this example, a Linksys RE2000 is used.
2. Plug your range extender into the power outlet. Make sure the lights are stable.
3. Launch a web browser and enter your router's IP address or "192.168.1.1" in the address bar. You may check the IP address using your Linksys cloud account as well.
If your computer has defined a default startup web page on your browser, the dialog box asking for a username and password will automatically appear.
4. You will be prompted with a window asking for a username and password. Leave the User Name blank and enter “admin” in the Password field and then, click Log In.
5. Click Wireless > Basic Wireless Settings.
6. Set the radio button to Manual then enter your router’s Network Name (SSID).
7. On the Wireless Security section, select the security settings that match your router’s configuration. Enter your Passphrase or WEP Key then click Save Settings.
WPA2/WPA Mixed Mode
WPA Personal or WPA2 Personal
For optimum Wireless-N performance, it is recommended to use WPA/WPA2 wireless security on your router and range extender.
8. Unplug the power cables of the router and the range extender for 30 seconds. Plug in the router first. Wait for all the lights to be stable then plug in the range extender.
Your range extender should now be synchronized with your router.
In order to make sure that your extender is successfully installed, access your router’s DHCP table and check if the range extender is listed there with its IP address. Ping the extender using a WiFi computer and check if you can get replies from it. You may also access instructions on how to perform a ping test on your Linksys device.
Expanding your network
Aside from the range extenders, there are also other devices available in the market today that can help you extend your local network either wired or on WiFi such as switches, access points, WiFi bridges and etc. You can choose which of these products exactly fit your need.
Find out more:
Setting up the Linksys RE6700 to Range Extender mode
Setting up the Linksys RE6500 and RE6500HG to Range Extender mode
Setting up the Linksys RE4100W N600 Dual-Band Wireless Range Extender
Setting up the Linksys RE3000W v2 N300 Wireless Range Extender
Setting up the Linksys RE6300 to Range Extender mode