Setup a wireless range extender

by on November 11, 2009

Q: I purchased and installed a Linksys Wireless-G range extender to boost my wireless signal so that I can get wireless access in other areas of the building. When I am in range of the wireless range extender I can see the wireless signal but it is not encrypted. So my problem appears to be that the range extender is boosting the signal but is not passing along the security that is needed. What can I do to resolve this problem?

A: Wireless range extenders are super easy to setup if your wireless network is not secure. Obviously it is a bad idea to have an unsecured wireless network though so most people have some kind of security. This just means you cannot use the “auto configuration” button on the wireless range extender to setup the range extender. You will have to either insert the CD into your computer and connect to the device or you will have to use your web browser to change the settings on the device.

I personally dislike using the install CD’s for things like routers, access points, and wireless range extenders because software gets installed that is not needed. Almost all routers, access points, and wireless range extenders have a web interface where they can be configured. To figure out how to access your wireless range extender you will have to read the manual, here is the Linksys Wireless-G range extender user guide. You will need to get the one specific to your device.

The changes you will have to make should be just setting the SSID, channel, and security settings. The best way to do this is to get into the configuration of your router and pull the information from there.

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