The Linksys Wi-Fi Range Extender is the most pro-active gadget that you may use to enhance the Wi-Fi connectivity of your home Wi-Fi network. The Linksys Range extenders are known for their reliability, easy to execute Linksys extender setup process and the reliable Linksys Extender Support.
The Linksys range extenders, apart from the CD setup, can also be configured via the hardwired setup. This setup process is known as manual setup, as users choose each setting of the setup manually.
So if you are impending to setup your extender but have lost that installation guide or the CD, then these steps are exactly what you need. Given below are the steps to manually configure your extender.
Step 1: Examine the Wi-Fi Settings of the Wireless Router
For an error-free extender configuration; the Wi-Fi settings of your wireless router / ACCESS point must be identical to the Wi-Fi settings of the wireless range extenders. These are the settings that you must concern about:
- The name of Wi-Fi network.
- Which Wi-Fi channel you will use?
- The security mode of the Wi-Fi network – WEP / WPA1 or WPA 2
- Password for the Wi-Fi network
These settings could be easily be accessed with the router admin password (for router’s settings) and the Linksys extender login (from extender’s end). However, you must not get confused between the wireless network password and the router login password.
These both are different security phrase. The Wi-Fi network password is the password that you use when connecting the devices to the network wirelessly. Whereas, the router admin password is the password is the password that you use to access the router’s settings page.
“Tip: If you are utilizing a router from a different manufacturer (apart from Linksys), the settings can be accessed by following the instructions mentioned in your router’s manual guide or by contacting the manufacturer.”
Step 2: Pairing up the Linksys Range Extender with Computer
Connect the range extender to your computer or laptop using an Ethernet cable. Make sure the cable connections are finger tight from both ends. Also, the port that you are using to connect the Ethernet cable must be functional.
Connecting both gadgets will allow you to access the online extender.linksys set-up page.
Final Step: Configuring the Extender in the web- based setup portal
These are the final steps in configuring your Linksys extender. However, it is recommended (for the optimum performance) to use the wireless N range extender if the you have a wireless N router.
- Open a web browser on your computer (which is connected with the extender).
- On the address bar (on the top, not the search bar) type – linksys.com, this is the Linksys extender set up portal.
- If this web address doesn’t work, use the “192.168.1.1”.
In the prompted username and password boxes, type in “admin” and then hit enter. If that doesn’t work, contact the Linksys extender support.
- Now once you are in the settings portal, navigate to the “configuration view” section. Tap on the “Manual” button and enter the network credentials – Wi-Fi network name (SSID).
- Select the current security mode (WPA, WPA Mixed mode) of your router’s network, under the wireless security section. Thereafter enter the password for your router.
- Assign a new password for your extender, it must consist of at least 8 characters and should be case sensitive. Follow the on-screen instructions for configuring your extender and save all the settings.
Your range extender is all configured and is now synchronized with the router. However, some Linksys extenders are wireless AC extenders such as the RE6500, are set up by the browser-based setup, making extenders easy to install by eliminating the need of the hardwired connection.