Tip & How-To about Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander (WRE54G)

Configuring WRE54G to a wireless router

Before you start configuring the WRE54G you need to consider the following factors:

1. Make sure that there are no wireless security enabled on the router like WEP and wireless MAC filtering. If you have them enabled try to disable them first. Check if there is a wireless computer that is currently working on your network.
2. Make sure that the SSID broadcast is enabled.
3. Then Hit the Automatic Configuration button on the WRE54G for about 3-5 secs.

The wireless computer should be connected to the SSID of the Range expander.
The range expander doesn’t have any DHCP server. The IP address that will be assigned to the computer will be 0.0.0.0 or the Auto-configuration IP 169.254.xxx.xxx.
Assign a static IP address on the wireless card. IP address should be 192.168.1.5, Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0, Default gateway 192.168.1.1
To assign static IP address on your machine you follow the steps below:
Windows 9 xs and ME:

Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel > Network > Highlight the TCP/IP of the Wireless LAN card you’re using > Properties
Under IP Address TAB:
Specify an IP address: 192.168.1.5
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Click the GATEWAY TAB:
Under New Gateway: Enter 192.168.1.1 then click on Add.
Then Hit Ok All the way out… hit yes if it’ll ask you to restart

Windows XP and 2000
Go to Start > Control Panel > Network Connections > Right Click Local Area Network Connection that you are using > Properties > Internet Protocol TCP/IP > Properties > Use the following IP address:
IP Address: 192.168.1.5
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway: 192.168.1.1
Then click ok all the way out.
Try to ping the Range expander. Go to start and then run type CMD for Win XP/2000, COMMAND for Win ME and below. On the black screen that will pop-up type PING 192.168.1.240 (Default IP address of the Range expander.
If the ping test was successful then you can access the setup page of the Range expander. If not, try to reset the Range expander for 10 seconds and then power cycle it.
To reset the range expander, follow the steps below:
Hold down the reset button for 10 seconds then unplug power while holding down reset...plug it back in after 5 seconds then wait for 10 more seconds before releasing the reset button.
To access the setup page of the expander, Open your Internet Explorer and please go to http://192.168.1.240
If will prompt a username and password box, leave the username blank password is admin.
On the setup screen of the expander, you can set the same exact settings on your router. SSID, Channel, WEP settings should be the same on the router and you need to specify the WLAN MAC Address of your router to the space provided for the WLAN MAC address on the setup page of the Range Expander.
Once you applied the settings, the lights on the expander should be both blue.
You can now set your IP address back to obtain an IP automatically and Obtain DNS address automatically.
Range expander should be working after performing the troubleshooting steps above.

If you have an Ethernet port on the WRE54G, try to connect the range expander directly to your computer with static IP address then ping the WRE54G. Make sure that you are not running any firewall and Internet security in your computer. If you were able to ping the 192.168.1.240 try to access it through the Internet Explorer and configure it from the there. Follow the steps that I gave to you to configure the wireless settings of the range expander.

Make sure that you have checked all the wireless security settings on your router. Make sure that you have those disabled. Try to set static IP address in your computer and try to ping the 192.168.1.240 and see if you can get a reply.

To set static IP follow the steps below:

Windows 9x and ME:
Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel > Network > Highlight the TCP/IP of the Wireless LAN card you’re using > Properties
>>>Under IP Address TAB:
Specify an IP address: 192.168.1.10
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
>>>Click the GATEWAY TAB:
Under New Gateway: Enter 192.168.1.1 then click on Add.
Then Hit Ok All the way out… hit yes if it’ll ask you to restart

Windows XP and 2000
Go to Start > Control Panel > Network Connections > Right Click Local Area Network Connection that you are using > Properties > Internet Protocol TCP/IP > Properties > Use the following IP address:
IP Address: 192.168.1.10
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway: 192.168.1.1
Then Hit Ok All the way out.

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I configured my WE54g as instructed for a secure network. I have AT&T Uverse with a 3800 RG router. when I plug the WRE54G in. my other wireless devices quit working


If there is an option to change the channel the expander is using, try changing it by 5.
So if its on channel 1, change it to 6 and so on.

Jul 27, 2011 | Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander (WRE54G)

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Before you start configuring the WRE54G you need to consider the following factors: 1. Make sure that there are no wireless security enabled on the router like WEP and wireless MAC filtering. If you have them enabled try to disable them first. Check if there is a wireless computer that is currently working on your network. 2. Make sure that the SSID broadcast is enabled. 3. Then Hit the Automatic Configuration button on the WRE54G for about 3-5 secs. The wireless computer should be connected to the SSID of the Range expander. The range expander doesn?t have any DHCP server. The IP address that will be assigned to the computer will be 0.0.0.0 or the Auto-configuration IP 169.254.xxx.xxx. Assign a static IP address on the wireless card. IP address should be 192.168.1.5, Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0, Default gateway 192.168.1.1 To assign static IP address on your machine you follow the steps below: Windows 9 xs and ME: Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel > Network > Highlight the TCP/IP of the Wireless LAN card you?re using > Properties Under IP Address TAB: Specify an IP address: 192.168.1.5 Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0 Click the GATEWAY TAB: Under New Gateway: Enter 192.168.1.1 then click on Add. Then Hit Ok All the way out? hit yes if it?ll ask you to restart Windows XP and 2000 Go to Start > Control Panel > Network Connections > Right Click Local Area Network Connection that you are using > Properties > Internet Protocol TCP/IP > Properties > Use the following IP address: IP Address: 192.168.1.5 Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0 Default Gateway: 192.168.1.1 Then click ok all the way out. Try to ping the Range expander. Go to start and then run type CMD for Win XP/2000, COMMAND for Win ME and below. On the black screen that will pop-up type PING 192.168.1.240 (Default IP address of the Range expander. If the ping test was successful then you can access the setup page of the Range expander. If not, try to reset the Range expander for 10 seconds and then power cycle it. To reset the range expander, follow the steps below: Hold down the reset button for 10 seconds then unplug power while holding down reset...plug it back in after 5 seconds then wait for 10 more seconds before releasing the reset button. To access the setup page of the expander, Open your Internet Explorer and please go to http://192.168.1.240 If will prompt a username and password box, leave the username blank password is admin. On the setup screen of the expander, you can set the same exact settings on your router. SSID, Channel, WEP settings should be the same on the router and you need to specify the WLAN MAC Address of your router to the space provided for the WLAN MAC address on the setup page of the Range Expander. Once you applied the settings, the lights on the expander should be both blue. You can now set your IP address back to obtain an IP automatically and Obtain DNS address automatically. Range expander should be working after performing the troubleshooting steps above. If you have an Ethernet port on the WRE54G, try to connect the range expander directly to your computer with static IP address then ping the WRE54G. Make sure that you are not running any firewall and Internet security in your computer. If you were able to ping the 192.168.1.240 try to access it through the Internet Explorer and configure it from the there. Follow the steps that I gave to you to configure the wireless settings of the range expander. Make sure that you have checked all the wireless security settings on your router. Make sure that you have those disabled. Try to set static IP address in your computer and try to ping the 192.168.1.240 and see if you can get a reply. To set static IP follow the steps below: Windows 9x and ME: Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel > Network > Highlight the TCP/IP of the Wireless LAN card you?re using > Properties >>>Under IP Address TAB: Specify an IP address: 192.168.1.10 Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0 >>>Click the GATEWAY TAB: Under New Gateway: Enter 192.168.1.1 then click on Add. Then Hit Ok All the way out? hit yes if it?ll ask you to restart Windows XP and 2000 Go to Start > Control Panel > Network Connections > Right Click Local Area Network Connection that you are using > Properties > Internet Protocol TCP/IP > Properties > Use the following IP address: IP Address: 192.168.1.10 Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0 Default Gateway: 192.168.1.1 Then Hit Ok All the way out.

Mar 08, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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i have a netgear wireless router with WPA security. and i bought a WRE54G . I cannot configure the expander as you know netgear IP is 192.168.0.1 and lynksys expander is 192.168.1.240. when i open internet page and write the address 192.168.1.240 nothing. with a cd rom its gives survey failed. i do not know what to do? i could open the web page by changing tcp/ip ip:192.168.1.241 gateway 192.168.1.1 but when iget the page i write ip 192.1268.0.15 gateway 192.168.0.1 doesnt want to configure same think for when i enable the security.


Try to reset WRE54G
Resetting the Range Expander to Factory Default
The range expander can be set to factory default by pressing the Reset button of the range expander for 20 seconds.
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NOTE: The default IP address of a range expander is 192.168.1.240.

After resetting the range expander to factory default and you're still unable to access the web-based setup page, make sure that your computer's proxy settings are disabled. For instructions, click here. To disable the proxy settings using a Mac computer, click here.

NOTE: If all the steps above failed, try to disable any security software on your computer before accessing the range expander's web-based setup page. Click here to learn how to disable your computer's firewall.


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If you are using a Wireless-G Range Expander (WRE54G v2 or v3) and you can't access the web-based setup page, perform the following steps:

Checking Physical Connections

Make sure that the computer is connected to the range expander's LAN or Ethernet Port. If the range expander is properly connected, check the LEDs on the network adapter. For instructions, follow the steps below:
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Checking LEDs on the Network Adapter
Make sure that the LED light of the computer's network adapter is lit or blinking. After checking the LEDs on the network adapter, assign the computer a static IP address.
NOTE: If the network adapter's LED is not lit, try using a different cable to further isolate the problem..
Assigning the Computer a Static IP Address
For instructions on how to assign a static IP address on your computer, click here. After assigning a static IP address, check the computer's connectivity to the range expander.
Checking the Computer's Connectivity to the Range Expander
For instructions on how to check the connectivity of your computer to the range expander, click here. If you're still experiencing difficulty accessing the web-based setup page, reset the range expander.
Resetting the Range Expander to Factory Default
For instructions on how to restore the range expander to factory default, click here.
If you're still having difficulty accessing the web-based setup page, make sure that your browser's proxy settings are disabled.
If you're using a Wireless-G Range Expander (WRE54G v1), you need to do the following:


Assigning the Computer a Static IP Address

For instructions on how to assign a static IP address on the computers' wireless network connection, click here.
Connecting Wirelessly to your Range Expander
NOTE: In this example we used WUSB54GS V1.0 (Wireless-G USB Network Adapter).

If you're using a Mac computer, click here for instructions on how to connect to a wireless network using the AirPort card.
Step 1:
Run the Linksys Wireless Network Monitor by double-clicking this icon 3719-001.jpg at the bottom-right corner of your screen.
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Click Site Survey then select the SSID of your wireless range expander and click Connect.
NOTE: The default SSID of the range expander is in this format linksysRxxxxxx.
4146-007.pngChecking the Computer's Connectivity to the Range Expander
NOTE: If you're using Windows 98 or Windows ME, click here.

If you're using a Mac computer, click here.
Windows 2000/XP
Step 1:
Click Start, then click Run.
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Step 2:
When the Run window appears, in the Open field type "cmd", then click OK.
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When the MS DOS Prompt appears, type "ping 192.168.1.240" then press [Enter].
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Step 4:
See if you're getting 4 replies, Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss)

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Nov 08, 2010 | Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander (WRE54G)

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Does not operate


Be sure you can browse internet using wired LAN
Connect to Router using LAN cable and configure it.
Enable Radio and set security protocol.compatible with your PC wlan card.

Jan 09, 2009 | Linksys Wireless-G WET54G 802.11g/b...

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wireless g range extender


Hi there ....

before anything else, can you please what is the version of range expander is is wre54g v1,v2,v3?

1) either which, please do verify your wireless settings of your DLINK router
-- the network name or ssid
-- security if you enabled any on your router
-- wireless channel
-- please check the default gateway of your router if it is 192.168.1.1

** please take note also that the best location for your expander would be inbetween your router and your computers

2) once you have gathered the wireless settings
-- you would need to manually configure your expander coz it didnt work .. Please remember that the LINKsys expander is designed to work with linksys routers, so it may or may not work.. I just need to set your expectations on this ...

3) once you have verfied the default gateway of your DLink router ... please reply to this thread and let us proceed in configuring your wre...

Thanks and good luck!

Oct 31, 2008 | Linksys : WRE54G Wireless Range Extender...

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