In this article, we are going to discuss various methods associated with setting up Linksys Wi-Fi range extender in your existing network.
We will include three methods of setups. That includes:
- Through installation CD
- Manual method using the web interface of Linksys
- WPS method
You can follow anyone’s method among them based on your convenience.
All steps associated with these methods will be discussed in great detail in this very article, but our approach will be quite logical.
That means, before discussing the setup process, we will discuss what is Linksys extender, and how does it work?
Then we will include various pre-requisites that have to be ensured before launching the Linksys range extender setup. After that, we will proceed toward our prime question of the article i.e., how to setup Linksys Wi-Fi range extender.
So let’s begin it.
What is Linksys Wi-Fi range extender, and how does it works?
As we know the fundamental characteristic of all extenders is their capability to extend the network coverage of your existing network. The same is the characteristic of Linksys Wi-Fi range extender.
What it does is, amplify the Wi-Fi signal of your home router and broadcast it in all directions. Due to this amplification, the Wi-Fi signal becomes able to withstand against penetration losses.
This makes the Wi-Fi signal to travel more distance, and the issue of dead spot gets eliminated from your network.
If you are having an issue of signal drop at any particular spot, then you can also focus the Wi-Fi signal distribution in that specific direction by moving the antennas of the Linksys range extender.
Linksys range extender does come along with adjustable antennas, which enables you to focus the Wi-Fi signal distribution in any particular direction.
This characteristic makes Linksys range extender loved among its users.
We hope by now you must have understood the working of your Linksys extender.
Now let’s proceed toward the main focus of our discussion, and that is how to setup Linksys Wi-Fi range extender in the existing network.
Setup Linksys Wi-Fi range extender
As stated above, Linksys range extender setup can be launched in three ways, that are:
- Using Installation CD
- Manual method i.e., using Linksys’s local web interface
- WPS method i.e., by pressing the WPS button.
It solely depends on your network settings that by which method will you go.
But in all methods, there exist specific pre-requisites that you are required to ensure before launching the Linksys extender setup.
These pre-requisites include:
- While the setup process is going on, place the extender in the same room as your home router is. Once the setup process is completed, then you will be free to place it at the location you want. But ensure that it should be placed in a midway between your router and the spot where you are facing the issue of network coverage, to have optimal results.
- The next important thing is internet connectivity. Ensure that your home network is in up-state while the setup process is going on.
- If you are planning to install Linksys extender through the manual method, then you will be required to enter your network specifications such as network name and password during the setup process. Thus you are advised to make these credentials handy.
Once you had ensured these points, then you can move toward setting up extender.
Now which method you will follow will solely depend on your network capability and your convenience.
But in this very article, we will provide you with significant advantages, disadvantages, and steps involved in all methods.
So let’s discuss it than one by one.
1. Using installation CD:-
This method is an ideal one. Linksys range extender comes along with installation CD. All you are required to do is to insert the installation CD into CD-ROM and follow on-screen instructions, and your extender will be installed.
A significant advantage with this method is that you will neither be tasked to launch a web interface as in the case of a manual method or press the WPS button as in the WPS method.
But significant drawback includes what to do if the installation CD got misplaced? In such a scenario, you will be left with no other choice but to follow the other two methods to setup Linksys range extender.
2. Manual method:-
This method is the most often used method to set up a new Linksys range extender. This method is also known as the web utility method.
The reason to be called the same is that in this method you will be required to launch web utility or interface provided by Linksys to install the new extender.
In this method, you will be required to first establish a connection between your extender and any device like a computer, either through Ethernet wire or by Wi-Fi.
Then launch web utility i.e., http://extender.linksys.com. For this, open up the web browser and enter the same in the address bar.
Hereafter entering the credentials, you will be able to log into this web utility. Then onwards, follow the simple on-screen instructions, and your Linksys Wi-Fi range extender will be setup.
The major advantage of this method includes its applicability in all networks. On the other hand, it allows you to modify the network name and password of the extender network while the setup process is going on.
While the major disadvantage is that you will be required to perform various steps manually.
3. Wi-Fi Protected Setup(WPS) method-
This method is well known for its simplicity. It provides you with the option of setting up Linksys range extender and that too just by clicking the WPS button on the home router and Linksys Wi-Fi extender simultaneously.
Its primary advantage is its simplicity. By just pressing the button, you are becoming able to complete the Linksys range extender setup.
While a major disadvantage associated with it is, it’s a network requirement. This method can be used only in a network where your home router is also WPS enabled.
Otherwise, you will be compelled to follow any one method among above listed one, based on your convenience.
By this, we conclude our discussion. In the end, we can say that the Linksys range extender setup can be launched based on the user’s wish.
Linksys has provided its users with an answer to every situation.
It comes along with installation CD using which you can set up your extender. But if you misplaced the CD then in such a scenario you are provided with the option of WPS. Even if you are unable to follow the WPS method, then the manual method comes for your rescue.
This characteristic of Linksys range extender of providing the answer to every situation makes it a preferable choice among its users.
We hope by following steps as mentioned above, you can easily setup the Linksys range extender. But if you encounter any issue then do contact on Linksys’s official website to get technical support.