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Getting to know the Linksys RE3000W

The Linksys RE3000W Wireless-N Extender lets you repeat the wireless signal of any access point or router to provide Internet connectivity to hard to reach areas through a wired or wireless connection.
 
This Wireless-N range extender can be set up through:
  • accessing its web-based setup page
  • using the Linksys Connect software if you have it installed on your computer
  • using the Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) on the RE3000W if your router also supports it
  • using the setup software in the CD that comes with it 
NOTE:  You can also download the setup software from the Linksys RE3000W Product Page.
 
Front panel
 
 
On the front panel of the Linksys RE3000W, the light has two (2) functions:
  • Power - The power light is located on the front panel.  It lights up when the range extender is powered ON.  The light flashes slowly every three (3) seconds when the device is reset to factory defaults or during a firmware upgrade.  When the range extender is ready for use, the light is continuously lit.  If there is an error, the light flashes quickly (every second). 
     
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ - When the Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ process is active, the light flashes slowly.  When the WPS is successful, the light is continuously lit.  If there is an error, the light flashes quickly (every second) for two (2) minutes. 
Top panel
 
 
 
 Power port – This is where you connect the power adapter.
 
 Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) button – if you have client devices that support Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ such as wireless printers, this button automatically configures wireless connection and security after initial setup. 
 
If the extender is not associated to an Access Point and is not set up, pressing the WPS button will set up the extender to connect to an Access Point.
 
If the extender is already set up and working in your network, pressing the WPS button will work to connect another client device to the extender.
 
 Power switch – powers the extender ON or OFF.
 
NOTE:  This functionality is only available in the European versions of the RE3000W.
 
 Reset button – Press the Reset button for five (5) seconds to reset the range extender to its factory defaults.  You can also reset the device from the Administration > Factory Defaults screen in the range extender’s web-based setup page.
 
Bottom panel
 
 Ethernet port – the Fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbps) port works as a wireless bridge to instantly connect any wired Ethernet device to a wireless network.  The green LED is lit when an Ethernet device is connected and active on this port.  The light blinks when the extender is sending or receiving data over the Ethernet port.
 
Product features:
  • Supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ for wireless client devices.
  • Can be set up using Linksys Connect setup software or through the web-based utility for manual configuration.
  • Security features include Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) security, which encrypts data on your wireless network. 
The RE3000W only supports Wired Equivalent Privacy™ (WEP) with hexadecimal format security key.  If your gateway is setup with a WEP ASC II format, contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) for assistance.
 
The RE3000W Linksys Connect Setup Software is compatible with the following operating systems (OS):
 
Windows
  • Windows XP SP3
  • Windows Vista SP1
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8 
Mac OS X®
  • Leopard 10.5.8 or higher
  • Snow Leopard 10.6.1 or higher
  • Lion 10.7 all versions
  • Mountain Lion 10.8 all versions
  • Mavericks 10.9
  • Yosemite 10.10 
NOTE:  For more details about this product, visit the Linksys Support Site to browse more troubleshooting articles, downloadable user guides or firmware updates and other support information.
 
 
Related Articles:
 
RE3000W Frequently Asked Questions
Setting up the range extender through a wired connection
Manually configuring a wireless range extender
 

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