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Linksys RE3000W N300 Wireless Range Extender Frequently Asked Questions

TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
HARDWARE INFORMATION
  1. What is the Linksys RE3000W N300 Wireless Range Extender?
  2. What are the features of the Linksys RE3000W?
  3. What default IP Address, username and password can I use to log in to the Linksys RE3000W?
  4. How many antennas does the Linksys RE3000W have?
INITIAL SETUP
  1. What settings do I need for the Linksys RE3000W setup?
  2. Can I configure the Linksys RE3000W using a wired computer?
  3. What operating systems (OS) are compatible with the Linksys RE3000W Setup Software?
  4. How do I set up the Linksys RE3000W?
  5. How can I tell which access point or router my Linksys RE3000W is connected to?
FIRMWARE UPGRADE
CONNECTION & SECURITY
SPECIAL FEATURES
TROUBLESHOOTING
  1. What should I do when I cannot get the Linksys RE3000W connected to the router or access point?
  2. What should I do when I experience intermittent connection problems?
  3. What should I do to resolve the wireless detection setup error when setting up my Linksys RE3000W using a Windows-based computer?

 
1. What is the Linksys RE3000W N300 Wireless Range Extender?
 
The Linksys RE3000W N300 Wireless Range Extender lets you repeat the wireless signal of any access point or router to provide Internet connectivity in hard to reach areas through a wired or wireless connection.  To know more about it, click here.
 
2. What are the features of the Linksys RE3000W?
 
The Linksys RE3000W has the following features:
  • Single 2.4 GHz band 802.11n
  • Compliant with 802.11 b/g/n
  • 2x2 MIMO Internal antennas
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS)
  • One (1) 10/100 auto-MDIX Ethernet port
3. What default IP Address, username and password can I use to log in to the Linksys RE3000W?
 
The default IP Address of the Linksys RE3000W is 192.168.1.1.  Leave the username field blank and enter "admin" in the password field.
 
4. How many antennas does the Linksys RE3000W have?
 
It has two (2) internal antennas.
 
INITIAL SETUP
 
1. What settings do I need for the Linksys RE3000W setup?
 
Before you start the setup process, ensure the following:
  • Active 2.4 GHz wireless network connection 
    • The Linksys RE3000W will only work with the 2.4 GHz network. 
  • Wireless Network Name (SSID) 
  • Password or Security Key
    • For better connection and performance, it is recommended to use the following security types:  Wi-Fi Protected Access® (WPA) 2 / WPA Mixed Mode, WPA2™ Personal and WPA Personal. 
  • Reset the range extender
    • This process is optional.  You do not have to reset your Linksys range extender if it is a new device or you just recently purchased it.  To reset the range extender, press and hold the Reset button located at the top panel of the range extender for 5 seconds to restore its factory default settings.
2. Can I configure the Linksys RE3000W using a wired computer?
 
Yes.  If the extender MUST be configured from a wired computer, you need to log in to its web-based setup page to manually configure it.  Before doing this, connect the extender to your wired computer, configure it and then disconnect it from the computer and move it to your desired location.
 
3. What operating systems (OS) are compatible with the Linksys RE3000W Setup Software?
 
Below are the compatible OS:

Windows®
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista® SP1
  • Windows XP SP3
Mac OS X®
  • Yosemite 10.10
  • Mavericks 10.9
  • Mountain Lion 10.8 all versions
  • Lion 10.7 all versions
  • Snow Leopard 10.6.1 or higher
  • Leopard 10.5.8 or higher

4. How do I set up the Linksys RE3000W?
 
The preferred method is to set up the extender using the Setup Software.  To set up your Linksys RE3000W range extender using the setup CD, click here.
 
An alternative method is to configure the extender manually.  To view the video instructions on how to manually set up your Linksys range extender, click here.  To manually configure your wireless range extender, click here.
 
5. How can I tell which access point or router my Linksys RE3000W is connected to?
 
Once the range extender is associated to an access point, access its web-based setup page and go to Status > WLAN Statistics then look for AP MAC Address.  This page will have the MAC Address of the access point or router that your range extender is associated to, along with other wireless statistics.
 
FIRMWARE UPGRADE
 
1. How do I upgrade the firmware of the Linksys RE3000W?
 
For detailed instructions on how to upgrade the firmware of the Linksys range extender, click here.
 
CONNECTION & SECURITY

1. What wireless security modes does the Linksys RE3000W support?
 
The Linksys RE3000W supports WEP, WPA, WPA2, and WPA2/WPA Mixed Mode.
 
2. Does the Linksys RE3000W have a built-in DHCP server?
 
Yes.  However, this is only for configuration and troubleshooting purposes.  When your extender does not detect a DHCP server in the network, it will temporarily change from a DHCP client to a DHCP server.  It will default to 192.168.1.1 address and provide an IP Address scheme of 192.168.1.x for clients who are associated to the extender.  When this occurs, you can connect a computer directly to the extender and log in to the web-based setup page for further troubleshooting purposes.  Once the extender has detected a DHCP server in the network, it will return to being a DHCP client and will obtain an IP Address from your existing DHCP server in the network (typically your router).
 
3. Which wireless connection standards and frequencies are supported by the Linksys RE3000W?
 
The Linksys RE3000W supported standards are 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11n.

4. How do I check the status of my range extender?
 
Checking the status of your range extender is important so you can verify whether it is connected to your wireless network and whether it is getting the correct IP Address from your router.  To know how, click here.
 
SPECIAL FEATURES
 
1. How is the Linksys RE3000W different from the other Linksys range extenders?
 
To know the difference between Linksys range extenders, click here.
 
TROUBLESHOOTING
 
1. What should I do when I cannot get the Linksys RE3000W connected to the router or access point?
 
Here are some things that you can do to resolve connection issues:
  • For first-time setup, you may need to place the extender closer to the router.  After you’ve set up your extender, you can unplug it and move it to the final location.
  • To reduce signal obstructions, try alternate locations for the router and the extender.
  • Avoid placing the router and extender near metal objects, masonry walls, and reflective surfaces such as glass or mirrors.
  • Avoid placing the router and extender near other electronics that may cause signal interference.
  • If you’re using WPS to connect, wait until the WPS indicator stops blinking before attempting another connection.
2.  What should I do when I experience intermittent connection problems?
 
Plug in or reposition the range extender midway between your router and the area where you wish to extend the connection to.  Ensure to have at least 50% of your router’s Wi-Fi signal at the location where you place the range extender.


3.  What should I do to resolve the wireless detection setup error when setting up my Linksys RE3000W using a Windows-based computer?
 
Click here to learn how you can resolve the wireless detection setup error when setting up your Linksys RE3000W using a Windows-based computer.

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