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WR54G wifi range extender, works !

Discussion in 'Networking' started by retired-tech, Aug 7, 2010.

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  1. retired-tech

    retired-tech Thread Starter

    Aug 3, 2010
    the other topics for this are closed.
    so there is my contribution to this fine piece of hardware. ( no issues and works encrypted.)
    i bought it on Amazon Aug 2010.

    my house is too big. i retired and upscaled.

    2700sq ft. conv. construction with brick outside, no concrete in side.

    but my wife cant an access my wireless WRT54G

    sig too weak and even with parabolic dish behind! fun they are...

    i got a WRE54G repeater. all Linksys (cisco) must be....

    Goal 1:
    first you must get the upper blue light stay blue.

    that says, unit has login'd and connect'd to your router above.
    this is no passive repeater but will autologin on open wifi, which i never do.

    mine is set up for WPA PSK + AES with a long passphrase.

    next follow this plan.

    especially page 2

    the version 3 repeater has a special net cable that allows you to
    connect you, directly to a lap top NIC or desk top nic.

    nic = network interface car (ethernet)

    first power on the repeater and do a long reset over 10secs.
    then when LEDS settle , power off repeater.

    you then must set your test PC nic card to , mask 255,255,255,0
    using CP network applet. config pc, wireless off.

    then connect the direct connect net cable between the laptop and repeater.

    last power up the repeater
    in your browser cruise to
    the login screen comes up.
    tab to USERNAME field,(un is blank , (null)
    tab to pass word and is "admin", caps OFF, no quotes.

    bingo your in the units rom code. (hardware web page) if not repeat above.

    next write down the gate way of your router on mine.
    then the routers, DHCP range.
    set the repeater so an IP that is near you router but not same and not inside DHCPs range.

    mine is and range of 101 to 120.
    so set my repeater to 10.10.99 and mask to 255,255,255,0
    and set my gate way to

    do NOT set repeater far from router IP range nor in its DHCP range. so i picked 99 ,nor in conflict with router gateway address. ( i used 1 less)

    do not set the encryption yet. ! use save ssid as router and set diable brodcast last .
    hit save, and the refresh will die, that is good.
    now back in to lap top NIC, again, changing ip address fields again and change 192xxxx
    mask same.
    save this on lap top.
    and open browser to , un:null, pw : admin.

    now you are back to the same rom screen.(html)
    see same
    ------------------< new IP works>---------------------------------------

    now flip on encryption ON, then click on config of encryption, on right.button.

    I then set WPA psk and AES , my password and save.
    i checked this 3 times, by rebooting the unit and made sure all settings were
    as i saved them. and all thing identical to my routers encryption, includings names and ssids, all. cept base IP.

    they were.same. now to test it:

    next plugged in the repeater and notice (pull net cable) that there are 2 blue lights. hummmmmmm, looking good.
    this means its likes my WPA PSK connections.

    i then moved this unit all over the house and found it liked being in wifes
    room, (very sensitive receivers)
    then i logged in with wifes cpu, 5 bars !!

    unit placement at 50% point is weak, repeater likes being close to wifes CPU and far from router. odd but what great BW.

    zillions of web pages all say this unit dont work.
    well is sure as heck does on WPA AES.


    retired, tech. 62yr. lovin it.
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