LINKSYS EXTENDER SETUP

Most of the people only know about a modem and a router and its respective reach. But what if someone wants to extend their Wi-Fi’s range? People might face some trouble when they’re trying to find their Wi-Fi range in another room that of the router or facing issues with the connectivity in some areas or some dead spots. This happens with almost every router. This is where the Extender comes in.

Some people might not know this but they can extend their Wi-Fi range suitable to their needs without removing the router or the modem from its spot. If you decide to set up some extenders in your home or your office, you will no longer have trouble getting a reliable Wi-Fi signal all throughout the place and you will experience a very smooth connectivity experience. With Wi-Fi extenders, anyone can almost double their routers’ coverage area, helping it reach far corners of your place, even dead spots! You can have different floors covered, no need to buy and set up different routers anymore.

What is a Wi-Fi Extender?

A Wi-Fi Extender or also known as a repeater is a device which is used to enlarge the coverage area of your Wi-Fi Network. You just set it up in a place within your Wi-Fi range, and it receives the signal of the existing Wi-Fi network which it then amplifies and then transmits the boosted signal to the desired place or area. Wi-Fi extenders can effectively double your Wi-Fi network range. The range extender connects wirelessly to the router; there is no need for wires. Keeping in mind that the service the user will get from the extender might not be equivalent to the direct service from the router. There might be some delay for each hop from one extender to another. The extender usually have two wireless routers, one of those routers picks up the already existing Wi-Fi network and relays the boosted signal to the other wireless router, which then transmits the boosted signal to the desired area.

About Linksys Extenders

Linksys routers are one of the best routers in the market; there is no doubt about that. But there are issues with every router, especially with the router’s range. It depends massively on the built of the place that the routers are being used in. There might be some barriers in the walls that might lower the signals or different floors that just might not receive full range such as an office or a large home. In that case, users might start facing low range or slow internet issues. This problem can be eliminated with the help of Extenders. It acts as a bridge between the Wi-Fi router and distributing it to the areas where the range is low or the Wi-Fi doesn’t exist. There are a number of Extenders that are designed to fulfill some particular situations.

How to setup the Linksys Extender

Setting up the Linksys Extender is not a very hard job to do as it may seem. There are two ways through which the Extenders can be set up. But before setting up the Extender, it is recommended that a Reset must be performed on the Extender.

How to Reset the Linksys Extender:

There are two ways to reset the Extender.

  1. A web base Reset.
  1. Open up any web browser and type in the default IP address in the web browser’s address bar. If you haven’t changed the IP address, then the IP address should be 192.168.1.1.
  2. A window will display prompting you for the username and password. Enter the username and password. Click OK.
    For the default username, just leave the field blank and the default password is “admin”.
    If you’ve set up a personalized password, then type that in.
  3. Select the “Administration” tab and choose “Factory Defaults” option.
  4. Select the “Restore Factory Defaults” option.
  5. Click the “Management” tab and click on “Restore Configurations” option.
  6. Choose “Save Settings” to restore the default settings on your extender.
  1. Manual Reset

  1. First, plug in the Extender to a power source.
  2. Locate the Reset button on the back of the Extender.
  3. Press and hold the reset button for about ten seconds using a small paperclip or something similar.
  4. Now, press the Power button located on the back of the extender to restart it.
    Your Extender will now be reset to its default settings.

Now, to set up your Linksys Extender:

  1. Setting up the Extender wirelessly:
  1. Place the Extender nearby the router that you wish to connect it to. Turn it on.
  2. Now, open up your computer and select the wireless icon in the task bar.
  3. Check for Linksys Extender Setup in the available networks and connect to it.
  4. Once the Extender is connected, the browser should automatically take you to the Linksys Extender Setup page.
    If by some off chance you don’t see the set up page popping up automatically, type www.extender.linksys.com in the address bar of your web browser.
    Alternatively, you can also use the Default IP address of the Linksys Extender which is 192.168.1.1.
  5. Once you’ve reached the setup page, just follow the on screen instructions and start the setup of your Linksys Extender.
  6. Now, you will see a list of networks. Select the network that you wish to expand and type in the password for your router.
  7. If you wish, you can either change the username and password for your Extender or you can choose to leave then default. Click Next and Save the settings.
  8. Now, reboot your Linksys Extender. After rebooting, you can plug your extender anywhere within the range of your chosen router and you can use the extender password to connect to it.
  1. Setting up the Linksys Extender via an Ethernet cable:

Setting up the Linksys Extender via an Ethernet cable:

  1. Connect the Linksys Extender to a computer via an Ethernet cable that is connected to the Network you wish to expand.
  2. Plug in the Extender to a power source and wait until the LED lights become stable.
  3. Open up any web browser on your computer and type 192.168.1.1 in the address bar.
  4. Enter the username. The default username should be left blank. Now, enter the password. The default password is “admin”.
  5. Open the Wireless settings and set the radio button to Manual.
  6. Enter the SSID (name given to your router) of the router you wish to connect the Extender to. Enter the password.
  7. Now, restart the range extender and the router as well. The Linksys Range Extender will automatically start functioning and your Linksys Extender will now be ready to use.
How to Update your Linksys Extender’s Firmware:

There are often released updates from Linksys to improve the performance, for removal of bugs and to provide new security features or enhancement. Therefore, it is recommended to keep your Linksys Extender’s Firmware updated all the time. Here are some steps you can follow to update your Linksys Extender’s Firmware.
Note: Download the latest firmware for your Linksys Range Extender from the Linksys Support website.

  1. Firstly, make sure that the Extender is connected directly to the computer. Make sure that the Linksys Extender is not connected to the router.
  2. Now, open any web browser from the computer and type 192.168.1.1 in the address bar to access the web page setup of the extender.
    If the Linksys Extender is already configured, then you can just type www.extender.linksys.com in the address bar.
  3. A window will display prompting you to put in the username and password. Enter “admin” in both fields and press enter.
    Now, choose the model of your extender.
  4. Open the web browser and go to the web page setup of the extender. Click on Administration and choose Firmware Upgrade.
  5. Click “Choose File” and select the file that was downloaded and click Open.
  6. Click Start Upgrade.
    The upgrade will start installing and it will only take a couple of minutes.

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) answered:

  1. Can I connect more than one Extender to my router?
    Yes, you can connect more than one extender to your router. Although the performance may be unsatisfactory in some cases.
  2. Can I update my extender’s firmware manually?
    Yes, you can.
  3. Where should I place my extender?
    You should place your extender halfway between your device and your router.
  4. What are the username and password for my Linksys extender?
    The username can be left blank and the password is “admin”.
  5. How do I visit the Linksys Extender setup page?
    You can type www.extender.linksys.com in the address bar and press enter.
  6. What is the default IP address of the Linksys Extender setup page?
    The default IP address of the Linksys Extender setup page is 192.168.1.1.
  7. What should I do if I start facing some issues with the Extender?
    You can simply try to reboot your Extender. It may be that sometimes there might be an update pending. Check for updates and if there are any, install them.
  8. What do I need before setting up my Extender?
    You will need an Ethernet cable, the default username and password of the extender and the default IP address.
  9. How do I setup the RE3000W v2 extender?
    Any Extender can be set up through its web-based setup page.