Summary: I have previously evaluated the RE1000s sister unit the RE2000. I was expecting the same easy setup and good performance that I had experienced with RE2000. It didn't happen. The frustration level was quite high. I suspect that someone less stubborn might have given up. Theoretically this should be a useful item. The RE1000 is a single band 2.4 GHz. This is great for transmitting signals through walls. 5 GHz will give higher transfer rates.
Pros: Once setup, it does what it is intended to do. It is unobtrusive, therefore easily hidden. The option of plugging the unit into an outlet without using the cord is a nice touch. It also doubles as a wireless bridge for computers without WIFI.
Cons: The setup software did not work well with windows 8.1. The software appears to be starting, then nothing shows up on the screen. After about minute it may or may not appear. The extender did not readily show up on the network. Following the instruction on changing the extenders distance did not help. Therefore I could not do a manual setup either. After several resets and several computer restarts to try to get it working, it finally showed up, along with the setup so...
Summary: Step one - throw out the included install disc. Attempting to setup a connection using that disc made things much more difficult than they needed to be and flat out didn't work, for me at least. I have a Netgear Nighthawk router that I was using to connect this with, so perhaps the included disc will work if you have a linksys router?
Pros: Once setup, it does give an appreciable boost in coverage. Did not have any "random" connection failures accept when power is cut to the host router. In my garage I went from 2/5 bars to full coverage and my speeds (via cellphone connected wirelessly and laptop) were as fast as they were in my main living area. That is impressive. Works with routers other than just Linksys, but setup may be more difficult if not matched.
Cons: Setup disc is worthless and misleading. Not user friendly upon initial setup and not something I could recommend for a novice. I have family and friends that would not have been able to get this extender connected to my network if they tried. Limited to the 2.4GHz band (crowded) and the "N" is misleading to some as most associate 5GHz with "N". Will not automatically reestablish connection to host router if power is lost to the router (although it looks like the exten...
Summary: Pared with new Linksys N router...every day laptops would lose internet connectivity until I had to reboot RE. I finally disconnected this and my wireless devices have not lost internet since.
Summary: I purchased the RE1000 extender through Electronica Direct. It came is a Cisco box and was well labled as a refubished device. OK so far. I had many of the problems seen by others. The setup application was never able to find the extender. However, I could see a new wireless signal named "Karen-Home". This went away after I performed a factory reset of the device.
Summary: I bought 2 RE1000's. They have a big problem, someone else mentioned also. They slow your internet speed. Linksys admits they will slow by 50%, i.e. half speed. If you use a second one they say it will slow another 50%. However, my experience was worse. I normally got 15-20 Mbps on my computer from the router. With the RE1000 connected I got .5-1.5. A 10 to 20 times slowdown. Intolerable. It was easy to check this. Unplug the RE1000 and I get 15-20Mbps.
Cons: Not working well with Sierra mobile hotspot. I want to find a solution with hotspot plus an wireless whatever solution so that I can replace my existing DSL setup. I thought the wire port on RE1000 can work with my brother printer. But it just doesn't wait up my printer in the morning. I thought RE1000 also has an ethernet bridge capability. But I can be wrong because I cannot find any information on the internet. I eventually go with Buffalo N300 and everything works...