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Link light on (blue), activity light off (neither blue nor red)

WRE54G Linksys Range Expander. Ethernet cable connects computer to expander. Computer ethernet connection shows network cable unplugged. The link light is on (blue), The activity light is off (neither blue nor red). The connection has worked fine with no problems until recently. No changes have been made to either the configuration or hardware. The connection stopped working with the symptoms listed above.

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  • rhodes_steve Sep 12, 2009

    Reset button was pressed with no improvement.



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Press the RESET button on the back of the unit and reconfigure the settings.

Posted on Sep 12, 2009

  • Big Daddy
    Big Daddy Sep 13, 2009

    Let me look back into it... after pressing the reset button did you
    reconfigure your settings? This should have set you back to factory

    the WRE54G must be
    configured to use the same SSID as that of what the access point is
    using. The default SSID for the Range Expander is “linksys”.

    you will need to
    configure the Range Expander to have the appropriate SSID either
    through the set-up wizard or the web-based user interface.

    The default IP address of the Range Expander is

    the WRE54G is not yet compatible with WPA-enabled wireless networks. It is only capable of 64-bit or 128-bit WEP as of yet.

    different modes.
    These are: “Mixed”, “G-only”, and “B-only”. Choose “Mixed” for a
    network that consists of 802.11b and 802.11g-compliant devices. Choose
    “G-only” if wireless clients and access points that are making use of
    the Range Expander are comprised of all 802.11g-compliant devices.
    Choose “B-only” if wireless clients and access points that are using
    the Range Expander are all 802.11b devices.

    also have you tried the auto config feature? do this:

    The Auto Configuration should be pressed until a red light shows under Link (normally 5 to 10 seconds). This signifies that the WRE54G is configuring itself to have the SSID of the access point that has best signal. The red light (Link light) will blink about 5 times when you’ve successfully used the Auto Configuration button. The Link light will turn blue after a few seconds when the WRE54G has already associated with the access point.

    Now if you have
    already set your WRE54G, for WEP encryption but it still gets a red Link light
    signifying that there is no connection do this:

    You’ll notice that
    after configuring the WRE54G for WEP Encryption, provided that you’ve
    set WEP on the access point and wireless clients already, it may not
    connect immediately. Just like some other devices, reboot the WRE54G
    just to make sure.

    I know this is a lot to throw at ya, but I am hoping this will help answer some of your questions.

    -HempYoda- ^_^



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When I connect my Linksys WRE54G to PC with lan cable. Always get the message "Site survey fail"

> Site Survey fail

It's your wireless adapter that is "sniffing" for available Wireless Networks, and is finding NO networks.

Disable your wireless adapter, and connect the Ethernet cable, to exclusively use the "wired" connection.

Jun 06, 2011 | Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander (WRE54G)

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Hi, I just got Linksys WRE54G V.3 and was trying to install the CD. But I keep getting "Site Survey fail" message. My house is using a router made by Apple, and does not have extra space to...

The range expander helps to extend the range of wireless network...
Anyhow the range expander has to be placed withing the range of your Apple "wireless" router (Make sure your apple router is wireless router, if it is a wired router, then there is no use of range expander...! U need to buy an Access Point instead)...
your range expander must be connected to the computer(using an ethernet cable) from which you are trying to configure...
Site survey searches for the available wireless networks in range...
It should show your existing wireless network...
You need to select your appropriate network and you need to configure the Range expander wireless settings according to the Apple router's wireless settings...
exactly the same SSID(Network name), Security type and encryption technique, password PSK (security key) has to be selected on your range expander as in the APPLE wireless router...
Thats it...
You are done...
Your wireless network range would have extended now....

Dec 09, 2010 | Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander (WRE54G)

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Dear I did everything mentioned above but still light is red

Hi Friend, In this case I would recommend you to please reset the range expander once again and connect the range expander with the ethernet cable once again. Match the settings of the router to the range expander I mean while configuring the range expander, the wireless network name and the wireless key should be same and the channel should be same and the security type should be same.
If it still doesn't work then I would recommend you to please try to change the channel to 1 or 9 or 11

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

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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 and lynksys expander is when i open...

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.

NOTE: The default IP address of a range expander is

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.

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:
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.
4146-005.pngStep 2:
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.
Step 2:
When the Run window appears, in the Open field type "cmd", then click OK.
3984-003.pngStep 3:
When the MS DOS Prompt appears, type "ping" then press [Enter].

Step 4:
See if you're getting 4 replies, Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss)


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

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Ok so i have a linkys WRE54G range expander.problem is taht whenever I turn it on the "link" light stays red and the "activity" one blue before they both were blue. normallyi use it with my xbox 360 to...

If you know the IP address, you can use a cat5 data cable, plug it into the extender then directly up to your pc. You should be able to login to the web innerface if your pc is on the same subnet and class of your device. If all else fails, reset the device back to the default settings. Head over to the manufacturers site to grab the manual. I remember resetting one of these in the past.

Aug 29, 2010 | Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander (WRE54G)

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Jan 25, 2009 | Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander (WRE54G)

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when using the range extender you have to make sure you set the SSID, channel & wireless key in the range extender the exact same as the router also it has to be in the same IP range so if the router IP address is the range extender IP address has to change from to once that is done restart the range extender and disconnect the ethernet cable & it the 2 lights should light up blue.

Jan 20, 2008 | Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander (WRE54G)

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Before you plug it in the wall, insert the installation disc and go through their tutorial. When you do that you'll plug in your range expander, press the auto configuration button on the side and wait for both lights to turn up blue. Then you can unplug the range expander and put it else where.

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