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How to Set Up a Linksys Range Extender
How to Set Up a Linksys Range Extender
Linksys Range Extender increases both the range and accessibility of your wireless network. The extender works by receiving signals from the wireless router and duplicating the signal, which results i
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How to Set Up a Linksys Range Extender

If you are troubled to know the steps involved in setting up Linksys range extender, then this article will be of great help to you.

But before initiating our discussion for steps involved in Linksys range extender setup, let’s firstly discuss what is Linksys extender.

What does Linksys range extender stands for? How does it work?

Extenders are networking devices, specially designed to tackle the issue of dead spots, present in the network. Linksys range extender also does the same.

For this, Linksys range extender amplifies the WiFi signal coming from network router or access point, before sending it to other client devices. Due to this amplification, the strength of the signal to withstand against penetration losses gets enhanced and make WiFi signal approachable to each far end of the network.

A question may strike in your mind that what do these penetration losses stand for? An answer to it is:

As we know WiFi signal gets transmitted from one device (such as network router or extender) to other devices (such as the computer, laptop). During this transmission, the signal has to travel through many hurdles throughout its path, such as table, walls, windows. While getting transmitted through these hurdles, the strength of signal gets reduced. This loss of signal strength is known by the name of penetration losses.

Thus we can easily say that by using extenders user can enhance the WiFi coverage area of its network.

Now let’s move towards our main question, that is how to setup Linksys range extender in the existing network.

Steps to setup Linksys range extender in existing network

Linksys provides the user with two methods, among which he/she can choose as per his/her network capability, to install extender. These two methods are:

  1. Manual method
  2. WPS method

We will discuss various steps involved in setting up Linksys range extender through both of these methods but before that let’s have a look on some basic pre-requisites that user has to confirm before initiating setup wizard.

Basic Pre-requisites includes:

  1. Bring extender in the same room as your home router or access point is, during the installation process.
  2. Make sure your home network is in up-state.
  3. Make network password of your home network handy, because you will require the same during the installation process.

After confirming to above-stated points, you can move for new Linksys range extender setup.

1. Manual method: - In this method, the user is required to perform various steps manually, that is why it is named so. Steps involved in setting up Linksys range extender using manual method includes:

  • Firstly, power on the extender device. Status of power can be monitored using Power LED.
  • Then establish the link between Linksys range extender and any client device such as computer or laptop, with the help of either Ethernet cable or WiFi mode.
  • Then open any web browser such as google chrome, internet explorer, on your computer. Then enter http://extender.linksys.com in the address field. The user can also enter 192.168.1.1 instead of http://extender.linksys.com.
  • Next step involves entering of username and password for logging into http://extender.linksys.com webpage. By default, these credentials are:
Username: - should have to be left blank
Password: - admin
  • After entering the credentials click on Log in. This will launch Linksys WiFi range extender setup wizard.
  • At this setup page, click on Wireless. Then select Basic Wireless Settings.
  • In the next step, the user will be provided an option to select among Wi-Fi Protected Setup or Manual setup. Here select Manual setup.
  • Then the user will be asked to enter the Network name. Here you are required to enter your router’s SSID.
  • Then enter the password of your home network. Then click on Save setting
  • By this, your Linksys range extender gets installed using http://extedner.linksys.com; login page.
  • At the end put your router and Linksys extender powered off. Then firstly power on your router and only when all lights on router gets stable then put your range extender on power

 

2. Wi-Fi Protected Setup:- Wi-Fi Protected Setup can be used to install Linksys range extender in two ways. That is:

  • By physically pressing WPS button present on your extender.
  • With the help of web-based web-page i.e. http://extender.linksys.com

This all depends on users wish that by which method he/she wants to install his/her extender. Steps involved for both methods are as discussed below.

1) Pressing the WPS button manually: -

As the name suggests, under this, the user need to manually press the WPS button present on the extender. By this extender will attempt for WPS connection. At this time press WPS button of your router.

By this WPS LED on your extender will get stabilized, which signifies a successful WPS connection. Now you can connect to Linksys extender’s network using any client device.

2) With the help of web-based web-page i.e. http://extedner.linksys.com:-

Under this method, the user will be given with three options. He/she can choose among them as the need may be. These options are:

Wi-Fi Protected Setup button: -For this, the user is required to establish the connection between any client device such as computer and Linksys range extender. He/she can do this by using either Ethernet cable or through Wi-Fi mode.

Then do launch http://extender.linksys.com setup page.

After getting login into setup page, select Wireless and then Basic Wireless Settings.

In next step, the user will be asked to select among Manual method or WPS method. Here select WPS

In the next step, the user has to press the WPS button and then click on the image shown on right.

  • The second option includes entering PIN number of the client device.
    After entering the same user need to click on the register button.
  • The third option is entering PIN number as shown on your client device.
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Before you begin, make sure that you’ve done the following:

 

1. Use an ethernet cable to connect the expander to the computer.
2. Input "192.168.1.240"in the address bar of your browser. This is the default address for "Linksys Wireless Range Expander. Press "Enter." If still have any problem then get our technical assistance on your toll free number 1-800-243-1349
3. Login the setup page for the expander. Add the name of the expander and add in the same SSID number that you got from your router or access point into the SSID field. After that you find the drop down menu next to channel and choose the same channel used by your router or access point. Click on "Save."
4. Choose the same security settings on the security page for expander as you have on the wireless network, if the network is security protected. Click on "Save Settings."

If you still get any problem while setup your Linksys Wireless Range Extender then just call to our Toll Free Number 1-800-243-1349 for Instant Technical Support.

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