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Linksys wireless range expander trouble
« on: June 11, 2006, 01:49:55 PM »
Alright, heres the problem. Trying to hook a linksys range expander onto my wireless network, but the *censored* thing won't configure for my SBC wireless router. Everytime I try to get it to link to my router, the expander auto configures to some linksys router that is transmitting near me. My router doesn't even show up in the list of routers on the install screen.
I tried to manually input gateway IP and the subnet mask and everything, but it won't take it.
Did a factory reset on the expander a few times and it contiues to do the same thing.
If anyone knows how to make this *censored* thing work, let me know how. I would really appreciate it. It has me about to the point where I am going to melt it down and call it modern art.


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    Re: Linksys wireless range expander trouble
    « Reply #1 on: June 11, 2006, 02:42:59 PM »
    The expander was intended for use with other Linksys products. You can try this procedure. If it doesn't work for you, I don't know anything else to try.
     Disable WEP encryption on your wireless router. Reconnect to the router. Next, reset the expander by holding down the reset button for 5 seconds (you'll need a paperclip or similar object), then unplugging, waiting 30 seconds, and then plugging the expander back in. Next use the configuration CD to configure the expander. When you get the "WRE54G (assuming this is your unit) can not associate with this AP in repeater mode" message, unplug the expander (do NOT reset), wait another 30 seconds and plug it back in. On your PC, refresh your wireless network list and connect to the expander this time (btw, it will still have it's original SSID). Now you should be able to connect to it via your browser by typing in the IP address of the expander. Assuming that you accepted the default, this should be
    Now if all was well you should be connected to the expander. You might also want to double check and make sure that you can get to your router at
    Next step is to enable WEP on the expander. You're going to use the same passphrase to generate the keys that you originally used on your router (assuming that you had WEP set up on that before you started. If not, choose a passphrase now and write it down). Now save the settings. You'll get a message about setting up the WEP key and will loose connection to the expander. Unplug the expander but don't plug it back in yet. Now go back to your wireless network list and reconnect to your router. Enable WEP on the router using the same passphrase to generate the keys that you used above. BEFORE you save the settings, copy the key that gets generated for Key 1 to a local file on your PC (using copy and paste or just write it down). You're almost there.
    Once you save your settings on the router, you will loose your connection. Wait about 30 seconds and go plug back in the expander. About 30 seconds after that, refresh the Wireless Network list. Now you should see the expander AND your router and they should both say that they are "Security Enabled". Connect to the EXPANDER. You will have to supply the KEY that you copied above, so hopefully you still have it in the clipboard or can copy it from wherever you saved it, or just type it in. Once you're connected, double check that you can browse to both the router at and the expander at
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