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Cisco-Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander WRE54G

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  • Does not support WPA2 Encryption
  • Dimensions - 1.1 x 7.4 x 6.9 in (H x W x D)
  • Wireless Standard - IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
  • Security WEP - 64/128 bit WEP
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Linksys
  • Model: WRE54G
  • Hardware Platform: Pc
  • Connectivity Technology: wireless
  • Network Switching Protocol: Ethernet
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Product Details

Product Manual [685kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.2 x 2.5 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00021XIJW
  • Item model number: WRE54G
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (747 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 19, 2005

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander is the easy way to increase the effective coverage of your wireless network. Unlike adding a traditional access point to your network to expand wireless coverage, the Wireless-G Range Expander does not need to be connected to the network by a data cable. Just put it within range of your main access point or wireless router, and it "bounces" the signals out to remote wireless devices.

This "relay station" or "repeater" approach saves wiring costs and helps to build wireless infrastructure by driving signals into even those distant, reflective corners and hard-to-reach areas where wireless coverage is spotty and cabling is impractical. The Range Expander is perfect to help cover large areas in multi-story homes, warehouse environments, public spaces, wireless "Hot Spots", and outdoor venues -- anywhere you need extra coverage for your wireless network.

The Wireless-G Range Expander is compatible with the Linksys WAP54G Access Point, and both the WRT54G and WRT54GS Wireless Routers. It works with both Wireless-G and Wireless-B clients so you'll get the benefits of increased coverage, even with a mixed network.

Product Description

Expand the range of your wireless network The Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander is the easy way to increase the effective coverage of your wireless network. Unlike adding a traditional access point to your network to expand wireless coverage, the Wireless-G Range Expander does not need to be connected to the network by a data cable. Just put it within range of your main access point or wireless router, and it bounces the signals out to remote wireless devices. This relay station or repeater approach saves wiring costs and helps to build wireless infrastructure by driving signals into even those distant, reflective corners and hard-to-reach areas where wireless coverage is spotty and cabling is impractical. The Range Expander is perfect to help cover large areas in multi-story homes, warehouse environments, public spaces, wireless Hot Spots, and outdoor venues - anywhere you need extra coverage for your wireless network.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

497 of 509 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Taylor on August 1, 2004
If you're having trouble setting it up, definitely call the 800 number as opposed to going online. I tried with three different people through their website online and none could help. Right before I sent it back I decided to try phone support and it got the expander a reprieve. I've copied some instructions that Y.A. Escalante was kind enough to leave in his review, but corrected and elaborated some of the items based on my experience. I would've given this 4 stars, but I deducted 1 for it not having clear enough instructions with its initial shipping. (Would've saved Linksys some headaches)

Here goes:

1-Disable WEP on your Router or AP

2-Hold the auto-configuration button for 30 seconds(if everything goes well both lights on the expander will turn blue) and unplug while still holding button. Plug back in after 10-15 secs.

3-open your Internet explorer browser and type 192.168.1.240 (default ip of expander), a window will pop up. leave the user name blank and put admin as a password (this is default password).

4-make sure that the default gateway and subnet mask settings are identical with your Router or AP,change password on the expander if desired & save settings. (all settings should be correct due to auto configuration)

5-Enable WEP on the expander, once again remember use same settings as in your Router or AP, save settings again.

6-Go to your Router or Ap settings and enable WEP. Bang you're DONE. Enjoy

Hope this helps some of you...if not call the 800 number on the box and be patient. :)
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103 of 104 people found the following review helpful By David C. Leaumont on November 10, 2006
I picked this up because I had a Linksys router (wrt54g), and wanted to extend the range of my wireless signal. My router is upstairs in a large old house, and my office is downstairs in a old porch converted into a sunroom. The walls of the house are 1 foot thick concrete, and the signal has to penetrate 2 of them, and the windows of my sunroom are aluminum framed. Lots of stuff that interupts the signal from my wireless router. I could get intermittent low signal before getting the wre54g extender. I positioned the extended downstairs, and set it up based on the reviews here. It was very simple to set up, provided, I disabled the WEP encryption, and used the auto-config setup. I later reenabled WEP encryption and MAC filtering and entered the MAC address into my MAC filter on my router.

This was a very simple setup, and I am now getting 4-5 bars and 54Mbps, rather than 1 bar and 1 Mbps. It took me less than 5 minutes to set up with my Linksys wrt54g router.

One note, my router is version 6, and the firmware only goes up to 1.1, so far (I got the latest from the Linksys website, which is 1.1). The pamphlet in the expander says it only works with this Linksys router if it has 2.02 firmware or better. But, this later version of the router works great with it despite it not having the higher numbered firmware for it.

I gave it 4 stars because the instructions are so bad, and because the price is kind of high for me, even after Amazon's huge discount.
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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful By AaronR on November 30, 2005
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With help from tips here, I was able to get up and running in less than 1/2 hour. What I have found missing from many reviews is the router (and version number if Linksys) that they are using as well as the firmware version. This may explain setup nightmares that many have had.

This set of instructions (found below) was used to get my setup running in 1/2 hour. I have a Linksys WRT54GS 801.b/g router with Speedbooster version 1.1 (found on the bottom of the router). This is basically the same as the WRT54G router. I am using Firmware v4.70.6, May. 26, 2005 (found in the Status area of the setup page URL 192.168.1.1 using password, "admin" to access).

This is exactly what I did to get up and running with the WRE54G ver 2 range expander:

1. Download the latest Linksys firmware for your router and WRE54G (for later use). You will need to know the version number of your router and WRE54G (found on bottom of both devices). You can get the updates at [...] Once you download the router file, you need to go to the online Router Settings page to select the file and update the router. The default URL is [...] with "admin" as the password. Go to the ADMINISTRATION tab at the top and then FIRMWARE UPGRADE. Then browse to find the file you just downloaded and hit UPGRADE.

2. While you are still in the settings, disable the wireless security that you (should have) had on your network router. This is TEMPORARY.

3. Open box and plug range extender into an AC outlet near/next to your existing router (not at the edge of your wireless network).

4. Hit the autoconfig button. I did NOT have to hold the button in for 30 seconds as others did. I just hit it once for about 1-2 seconds. I also did not unplug the WRE54G from the A/C wall outlet.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By E. Elizondo on August 17, 2006
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Before you purchase this item you should know the following information available from the technical support section of the Linksys web site (but not on the data sheet or user manual for the product):

1. The WRE54G is ONLY compatible with products having WDS (Wireless Distribution System) support. Lynksys (as of 01/20/06) only lists the following three products as compatible:

WAP54G (firmware version 2.07 or later)

WRT54G (firmware version 2.02.2 or later)

WRT54GS (firmware version 2.07.1 or later)

2. Wireless MAC filtering has no effect on clients connected through the WRE54G. There is no way to specify which MAC addresses can and cannot access the network when they are connecting through the WRE54G.

3. If you do have MAC filtering enabled on your router or access point you must enter the MAC address of the WRE54G in the "permit" list for the expander to work.

4. The range expander will reduce the transmit rate to approximately half of the original source data rate transmission.

5. If your computer has a firewall such as Zone Alarm, you need to enter the expander's IP address in the list of trusted IP addresses in the firewall in order to configure the WRE54G.
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