Connecting devices using Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) on your Linksys router
Before setting up your range extender, make sure to have your Wi-Fi settings (Wi-Fi name / SSID and password / security key) ready. To know how to check the Wi-Fi settings of your router, click here.
NOTE: The images below may vary depending on the firmware version of your range extender. To update the firmware of the Linksys RE6500 / RE6500HG, click here for instructions.
Connect the antennas to the range extender and its power adapter to a power outlet. Antennas should be positioned upright for best results. You can also use the high gain (HG) antennas if you have them (Linksys RE6500HG).
Wait for the light on the top panel of the range extender to blink orange. It could take up to 2 minutes.
Select a method for setting up your range extender:
- Wireless setup – Using a computer or mobile device, connect to the range extender’s default Wi-Fi name, Linksys Extender Setup – xxx, where xxx are the last three characters of the range extender’s MAC address.
- Wired setup – Connect your range extender to your computer using an ethernet cable. Make sure your computer is NOT connected to a Wi-Fi.
On your computer or mobile device, launch a browser and enter “http://extender.linksys.com” or the range extender's IP address in the Address bar to access the setup wizard.
QUICK TIP: The default IP address of the range extender is 192.168.1.1. However, once it is connected to a DHCP server such as a router, it will obtain a different IP address from the router. To check the range extender's IP address in your router’s DHCP table, click here for instructions.
Click on Start.
Select the As a wireless range extender option and click Next.
Select your Wi-Fi when prompted. If you have a dual-band network, you should see the Wi-Fi name of both bands. Click the Refresh icon to rescan.
NOTE: If you have a hidden Wi-Fi name, scroll to the bottom and click Manually Enter Network Name and Password. Otherwise, wait until it detects your Wi-Fi and select your network.
Enter your Wi-Fi password and then click Next to connect to your existing Wi-Fi.
NOTE: WPA™ keys are case sensitive. WEP keys are hexadecimal (0-9 and a-f) characters and are not case sensitive.
You will be prompted to configure your Extended Network. The Extended Network names are automatically appended with an _Ext suffix (for 2.4 GHz) and _5GHz_Ext (for 5 GHz). You can change the names of your Extended Networks then click Next when finished.
Spot Finder will then determine if the signal strength between your range extender and your router is Just right. If your range extender is Too close or Too far, move it to a better location and go back to Step 3. Click Next once you're done.
NOTE: The Spot Finder feature is available with the firmware version 1.0.04.008 and later.
Create an administrator password when prompted and enter an optional security hint and then, click Next.
Once the Your extender is set up screen displays, your setup is complete. To access the setup page of your range extender, make sure you are connected to its Wi-Fi name with the _Ext or _5GHz_Ext appended to the name.