Linksys extender setup RE6500 and RE6500HG are the key solutions for slow or no connectivity of your wireless network as it provides uniform and seamless balanced connectivity to all of your devices throughout your premise.
RE6500 and RE6500HG serve you with the top graded performance with their latest technology features as compared to other wireless extenders in the market. This article is a guide to set up your Linksys RE6500 or Linksys RE6500HG to range extender mode.
Make sure to have your Wi-Fi settings that are the SSID and password, Wi-Fi name and security key ready before setting up your range extender. You also need to check the Wi-Fi settings of your router.
Step 1- Place the range extender midway between the area without Wi-Fi and your router and be sure you have at least 50% of the Wi-Fi signal for your router.
Step 2- The Antenna should be positioned upright for best result and connect the antennas to the range extender and its power adapter to a power outlet if you have Linksys RE6500HG.
Step 3- Wait for a few minutes for the light on the top panel of the range extender to blink orange. It may generally take up to 2 minutes.
Step 4- Select a process for setting up your range extender-
Wired setup- Make sure your computer is not connected to Wi-Fi and connect your range extender to your computer using an ethernet cable.
Wireless setup- Connect to the default Wi-Fi name of the range extender using a computer or mobile device where the Linksys extender setup- XXX, XXX are the last three characters of the Mac address of the range extender.
Note- You may have to get closer to the range extender if you can't see your range extended from the list of available Wi-Fi and you need to reset your range extender if the Wi-Fi remains detected. Press the reset button for 5 seconds or until the light starts to blink white and wait for the light to blink orange before you start setting up.
Step 5- Launch a browser and enter http://extender.linksys.com in your computer or mobile device or put the IP address of the range extender in the address bar to access the setup wizard.
Note- 192.168.1.1 is the default IP address of the range extender and it will obtain a different IP address from the router once it is connected to a DHCP server.
Step 6- Click on the start button
Step 7- Click on the next option after selecting the as a wireless range extender option
Step 8- Select your Wi-Fi when prompted and you need to see the Wi-Fi name of both bands if you have a dual-band network, click on the refresh icon to rescan.
Note- Scroll to the bottom and click manually enter network name and password if you have a hidden Wi-Fi name or otherwise wait until it detects your Wi-Fi and selects your network.
Step 9- Click on the next option after entering your Wi-Fi password to connect your existing Wi-Fi.
Note- WPA keys are case sensitive whereas WEP keys are hexadecimal characters and are not case sensitive.
Step 10- The extended network names are automatically appended with a _5GHz_Ext suffix for 5GHz and an _Ext suffix for 2.4GHz. You will be prompted to configure your extended network and you can also change the name of your extended network and click on the next option once finished.
Step 11- Whether the signal strength between your range extender and your router is ok or not will be determined by the spot finder and you need to move your range extender to a better location and go back to step 3 if it is too close or too far and click on next once you are done.
Note- The spot feature is only available with the firmware version of 1.0.04.008 and above.
Step 12- Enter an optional security hint and create an administrator password when prompted and finally click next.
Your setup is complete once your extender is set to screen displays and make sure you are connected to the Wi-Fi name of the range extender with the appended to a _5GHz_Ext suffix for 5GHz and an _Ext suffix for 2.4GHz to access the setup page of your range extender.