The Linksys manuals make the setup sound easy. It is, if you have no security turned on, do not plan to use security and there is only one AP near by. If any of these criteria is not true, you will probably need to do a manual set up since the Auto-Configure button on the WRE54G will just not work with security enabled. Trying to use Auto-Configure with multiple APs in-range is also dicey and can waste loads of time. This version reflects the Version 3. Most network gear can be initially installed where it will be used.

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Notes: Updated the firmware to 3. Gateway needed to be all "0" for it to work as an extender. The WRE54G is NOT user friendly, but following above steps should get you up and running under your encryption of choice, and prevent it going into trash! Question 1. Make secure connection I have a Linksys system. It appears on my list of wireless connections as Linksys. Data Encryption Disabled. I know I should not have it an open connection, but I do not know how to change it.

The computer where it was originally set up is using Windows XP. If I make it secure, Can my new laptop with Windows 7 also use it? Thanks, sue r. The WPC11 Enable "Data Encryption" on your Linksys router and select 64 bit WEP encryption 64 bit is shorter and easier to remember and generate a 64 bit WEP key, and make sure its entered into key 1, then write it down for reference, then save settings.

Next go to your older laptop with the WPC11 Now you should have 64 bit WEP encrypted wireless! Windows 7 does support WEP encryption but being newer it tends to like WPA, but should work just fine with WEP, so rescan for wireless networks on the new laptop and enter key to connect, and if all goes well you should be connected 64 bit WEP on Win 7!

Best of luck I'm trying to follow your instructions above - but I can't get past step 4. WEP is off on my router. If you can't get the two blue lights double check your firmware version is 3. With firmware 3. Then once you have two blue lights, manually configure your encryption as listed above. Best of luck, Bobby.

There is a port on the WRE54G on the front under a little flip door well hidden. Once hard wired you can log into the extender at Ok, I connected the expander directly via cable per your instructions and updated the firmware from 3.

Got 2 blue lights. All working nicely. However, once again, the use of the expander is causing other laptops in the house to lose their wireless signal when I unplug the expander the symptom goes away.

All 3 laptops in use are Dell. How do I prevent these drops of signal? As it is, the expander is useless. Usually when you experience signal dropout it is caused by another transmitter on the same frequency but in the case of the wireless extender it picks up where the wireless router leaves off in range. You could try switching channels on the wireless extender and the wireless router and see if that works. I have a newer HP dm3 laptop, Dell , and older Toshiba under Linux in our home that all work good and get no signal dropouts now with the extender.

Once you plug up the extender do a another site scan and try connecting again and this time it should connect to the extender. It seems windows 7 connects to the strongest signal under the SSID you assigned to your router and extender and because the name is the same it only shows one SSID under windows 7. If you are running Windows 7 install the "Xirrus Wi-fi Monitor" desktop gadget and it will show 2 SSID's and allow you to look at signal strength and frequency, and mac address of each device under windows 7.

Ok, 1 I changed both the router and the extender to channel 12 from channel 6. Is there a way, though, to force one laptop or another to "ignore" the extender to prevent the drops?

I don't see that functionality in the Xirrus monitor. Aside from changing the channels - what else can I do to prevent the drops? You should not be experiencing signal drop when the WRE54G wireless extender is being used. It "extends" the range of your wireless router by being on the same frequency and channel. Basically anything that is on the same frequency as your wireless router or extender 2. Here is a short list below Discussion is locked.

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This article will guide you in setting up this particular device. Before setting up the range expander, you need to have the following:. For instructions, click here. Step 4: Enter the security key that matches the settings of your wireless router then click Save Settings. You will be redirected back to the Setup tab.


Wireless-G Range Expander

But with a little effort, you can get it to function with any Generally, your best chance of success will be with Use the reset button in the hole on the side of the Expander. Push and hold the button until you see the Link light turn steady red. Use an address in the X range such as The Gateway and DNS settings won't matter for now and you can leave them blank.




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