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Got instructions on Internet, setup in minutes, Works wonderfully.,
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This review is from: Cisco-Linksys WRE54G Wireless-G Range Expander - REFURBISHED (Electronics)
I bought one of these, not really knowing if it would help. It did!
We rebuilt our home a couple of years ago, and in a moment of not thinking, I located the new wiring closet in corner of the upper floor, limiting the coverage to the rest of the house. I had trying a newer router with supposed better range, but I really think that there is so much electrical interference in that corner of the house that the signal was just not getting out. While there are many other solutions, this one was quick, cheap, and it worked like a charm!
I bought a rebuilt model, and so the box was plain and the instructions were light. It basically came with a disk, that I have honestly have not taken from the box. I simple followed the set of simplified instructions posted by another user on the linksys site and the device was working literally within 5 minutes. (I have since seen the same set of instructions posted in a number of places.
1. Throw out CD that came with it..
2. Plug the extender into a wall outlet, then into your router via the ethernet cable. .
3. Open an internet browser and type in "192.168.1.240", default password is 'admin'. Once you are in the set up screen, change all of the settings to match that of your router, exactly (channel, security, etc., EXCEPT SSID)..
3. In the gateway slot, put the IP address of your router (i.e. 192.168.1.1)..
4. Save settings..
5. At this point, with the extender still hard wired to your router, it is a good idea to update the extender's firmware..
6. When setup screen comes back after extender reboot, change the SSID to match that of your router. As soon as you have changed and saved your SSID, unplug the extender from both the wall and the router..
7. Put extender in the desired place, and wait for the blue light to turn red, and then back to blue. If it doesn't turn back to blue in about 1 minute, reset the extender and repeat the steps over..
Once setup, plugged the device in an outlet on the mid-landing of the central stairwell (the middle of my home), and it just worked. When I log onto a WiFi device, I now see the original SID with a bar or two, and a second identical SID with a flirtful five bars of signal strength. I have yet to see if there is a lag, as some reviews elsewhere suggest, but I am n ot playing games on this network - those work best on wired connections anyway. However, simple browsing, internet radio, streaming video and all the moderate-to-high level tasks I have tried work much better and with less dealying and not more drops.
I bought mine for a little over $22, but had I known it would work so well and be so easy, I would have gladly paid mcuh more. The only reason for the loss of 1 star is that the simple instructions should be included (may be on the disk) and obvious. But the product is solid.