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Setting up your Linksys range extender in Access Point mode

The newer Linksys Range Extenders can be configured to work in Access Point mode.  Access Point mode lets your range extender expand your Wi-Fi by connecting to your router or switch though a cable, which enables it to have minimal loss of performance or dropping connection.  For better Wi-Fi speeds, choose Access Point mode.  This article will show you how you can set up your range extender as an Access Point.

These are the Linksys range extenders you can set up in Access Point mode:

  • Linksys RE7000 Max-Stream™ AC1900+ WiFi Extender
  • Linksys RE6800 AC1750 WiFi Extender
  • Linksys RE6700 AC1200 AMPLIFY Dual-Band WiFi Extender
  • Linksys RE6500 AC1200 Dual-Band WiFi Extender
  • Linksys RE6500HG AC1200 Dual-Band WiFi Extender
  • Linksys RE6400 AC1200 BOOST EX WiFi Extender
  • Linksys RE6300 AC750 BOOST WiFi Extender
Before you start the setup process, ensure the following:
  1. An active Wi-Fi connection.
  2. Your Wi-Fi name and Wi-Fi password / security key.  For instructions on how to check these Wi-Fi settings on your Linksys router, click here.
  3. An ethernet cable long enough to connect your router to your range extender.
Once you're ready, follow the steps below.

NOTE:  In the examples below, a Linksys RE6700 was used.

Step 1:
Plug your range extender into a power outlet. 
Wait until the light starts blinking orange.
Step 2:
Connect an ethernet cable from the router to your range extender.  Depending on your range extender's model, you might need to wait for the light to turn green before proceeding to the next step.
Step 3:
Connect a wireless computer or a mobile device to the
range extender's default SSID, which is Linksys Extender Setup – xxx.
NOTE:  The xxx represents the last three characters of your range extender's MAC address, which can be found at the back label of the device.
Step 4:
Open a web browser, then enter "http://extender.linksys.com" in the Address bar.  If it doesn't load, you will need to look up your range extender's IP address in your router’s DHCP client table.  To know how to do this on Linksys Wi-Fi Routers, click hereFor Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers, click here.
Step 5:
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Step 6:
Click Next under the As a wired range extender (Access point) option.

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NOTE:  If you haven’t connected an ethernet cable from your range extender to your router or switch, it will prompt you to connect the cable and try again.  Ensure that it's connected before proceeding to the next step.
Step 7:
Create the extended network that the range extender will be broadcasting, then click Next.

QUICK TIP:  The extended network is the Wi-Fi that your range extender will be broadcasting.

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NOTE:  If you want to set up Wi-Fi using Wired Equivalent Protocol (WEP), you'll need to set up your device manually as the Setup wizard only has WPA2/WPA Mixed Mode and WPA2 (recommended) as its options.  To do this, repeat Step 1 up to Step 4, choose Manual Setup.
Step 8:
Create an admin password for your range extender, then click Save.  You may also add a password hint.
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Step 9:
You might be prompted to register your Linksys product to receive updates and other information to improve your experience.  Enter your Email Address then click Next, or click Skip.
Your range extender is now set up in Access Point mode.

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Once your range extender is in Access Point mode, the top right header will read Dual Band Wireless Access Point.

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