If you are in any modern house, a Wi-Fi network is a necessity. Many times, you get to experience a lot of signal lapses due to some technical or structural issue. Points of no signal, or dead zones, are commonplace. Use a Linksys RE1000 extender to eliminate the dead zones. You can get it at any electronics outlet at a reasonable price. An extender increases the range of your wireless network signals to the points of no signals. If your workplace is also facing the same issue, get the extender to improve wireless connectivity.
You can set up your Linksys RE1000 extender through the setup CD after plugging in the Ethernet cable to your laptop. You can also set it up manually with the following steps:
- Before you begin, you should have your service set identifier or SSID, channel width, security mode, and passphrase with you. You can access this information on the web browser by simply entering the IP address of the router. Normally, this is 192.168.1.1. Make sure the router is set to 2.4GHz frequency mode.
- Plug the extender and long-press the “reset” button. Wait for the CISCO light to become solid. Connect it to your laptop with a LAN cable. Launch the web browser and type 192.168.1.1 in the address bar. Hit “Enter”. At the prompt window, leave the username blank. Enter “admin” in the password field. Click “Login”.
- Click “Wireless” and select basic wireless settings. Set the radio button to the manual. Enter your router’s network name. On the wireless security section, select the security mode that matches your router’s configuration. Enter your password, and save settings.
- Unplug your router and the range extender for 30 seconds. Plugin the router first and wait for all lights to turn on. Plugin your extender and connect wireless devices to the extender network in the dead spots. You will be able to access the internet at a strong signal.
To identify the dead zone in your house, just take your wireless device to each room and check the signal display. The spots with zero range are the dead spots. Also, call your network service provider whenever you face any technical issue with your Linksys RE1000 range extender. To change the password settings, you can also visit extender.linksys.com or simply access the router via its IP address.