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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Stable If Configured Right, February 28, 2012
This review is from: Linksys N300 Wireless Dual-Band Range Extender (RE1000) (Personal Computers)
From the get go this unit did what it was supposed to: boost my internet signal and allow me to enjoy fast internet. The background is my landlady moved the router to the opposite end of the house and my basement studio went from picking up a 4-5 bar signal to a 1-2 bar. The Cisco RE1000 has given me a consistent 4-5 bar signal. However, the unit was prone to suddenly drop it's connection requiring me to daily reset the unit or re-connect to the router using the browser-based administration interface. I called Cisco support and what they told me to do didn't resolve the problem. Here's what I did and my unit has been rock solid stable for five days now with no reconnect:

1. Connect to the unit using the CD same as everyone else does
2. Log into the RE1000 using the browser-based admin interface.
3. Change the IP-address of the RE1000 from "Automatic Configuration - DHCP" to "Static IP".
4. Give the unit a static IP-address that is not in the range of DHCP addresses your router assigns.
If you don't know the IP-address range your router uses then log into the router and find it out.
Alternatively, you might reserve (from within the router) the DHCP address your RE1000 picked up.

I think that the RE1000 has trouble managing DHCP settings and when I started using a static IP-address it has been VERY stable. No problems whatsoever.

My RE1000 successfully allows the following devices in my apartment to connect reliably with high-speed:

Dell Laptop (employer provided)
Lenove B575 laptop (personal)
VMware Virtual machines from the Lenovo laptop (RHEL 6.1 & SLES 11)
HP OfficeJet 6500 Printer
Magnavox Blueray Player for Netflix

Hope this review helps.
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Initial post: Feb 29, 2012 9:51:16 PM PST
Yee says:
Hi, can I ask a question about the static IP ? I assigned my RE1000 with a static IP address not in the DHCP range of the router just like you stated there, and I could connect fine. When I check the router DHCP client table, I see lists of the devices that connect to the SSID but not that static IP of my RE1000. When I check the RE1000 management page, I can see the same list of wireless connected devices under wireless clients table. Do you know if this the correct behavior ? How do I know for sure that my latop or my Ipad is connecting to RE1000 not the router instead?
Thanks!
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