Have you bought Linksys WRE54G Range Extender? If yes, then you must be looking for a way to install it on your home network, right? In today’s blog post, we are going to discuss exactly that, so I need you to pay a close attention to this blog post because by following the information that is given in the post, you will be able to set up the Wi-Fi range extender on your own.
Let me make it very clear for you, setting up this range extender Wifi is not that easy as you would think, but if you are able to follow the steps that I’m about to write in the same pattern in which they are given, then you are less likely to experience any issue. You will have to enable the security option on your wireless network, but if you don’t have that option, then you will have to enable auto-configure button, especially when there is just a single access point available.
The default IP address that you will have to use is 192.168.1.240, so you will have to use this IP address, to begin the process. You can easily change your IP address if it lies within the range between 192.168.1.1 and 192.168.1.254. It needs to have a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0. Now, you will have to connect an Ethernet cable directly from your PC to the device.
The next thing would be to configure the current router to use WDS bridging. This is what’s going to allow the extender to extend the network. I don’t know what word would come when you perform this step, but on my PC, I see the word ‘Bridging’. You will now have to enter the MAC address of the Wi-Fi range extender that appears under the device. There are some devices that would require you to check a box in order to enable WDS.
The next step would be to connect to the device via Wi-Fi. You need to scan the network followed by adding the last eight characters of the MAC address.
The process is fast approaching the completion, as you have successfully connected the extender to the device by undermining certain security warnings. Open your web browser now and point it to http://192.168.1.240, which will open up a login box. In the default user field, you don’t have to write anything, but when it comes to the default password, you need to type ‘admin’. This will get you into the extender settings console, where you can make changes according to your requirements.
You will be able to see arrows leading you towards the section from where you can change the IP address of the device that is connected to your network. The SSID should also match with the SSID to your Wireless network in order to allow an interrupted network connection. If you want to create a separate network, then you will have to change the name of the SSID instead of keeping the default SSID.
It is also possible for you to enable security and make changes to other settings. After making all the necessary changes, you can change the local IP address back to what it was at the time when you changed it to something else. Now, plug back the device into your home network.
The extender has been successfully installed, and now you can access internet beyond the original range of your router.