Summary: I am going to make this short and sweet and hope this helps people. This repeater is great IF you know how to set it up. Don't be misled by the reviews that say you can just push a button and it works. That will only work for people who do not have passwords on their wireless networks. If you have a password on your network, you will likely need to log into your router to change some settings and then configure the repeater manually.
No instructions, CD did not work at first, Customer Support absolutely horrendous
B. Lee, Amazon
3 days ago
Summary: This may be the last product that I buy from Linksys, because getting help through their technical support line was simply a silly experience. My refurbished model came with a CD and no instructions, which was no big deal. But the CD did not work on my first tries to set up, and did not guide me with any useful instructions either. But, this is how I got it working (modified from previous posts on the WRE54G): 1. Plug a cable from WRE54G to router (mine was a WRT54GL).
The bad reviews are user error. This thing works great!
3 days ago
Summary: After reading a lot of the negative reviews for this product, it seemed to me that it was more likely that the users of this product were more at fault than the product itself, so I decided to give it a chance, and I'm glad I did! It works perfectly and was a snap to set up. I literally had this thing set up and working in less than 5 minutes. I know there are several reviews on here with very detailed (and complicated) instructions on how to set this thing up.
You can Auto Config with Security; IP Conflicts; and the WRT310N
3 days ago
Summary: There is a ton of advice on this forum, but I wanted to write up what finally worked for me (after 5 hours of trying practically everything I read, plus using the worthless CD from Linksys). I have no idea what will work for you, but found these reviews absolutely invaluable and what I did was a little different from all the other advice on here so I feel it necessary to share. By some technological mystery, these are the steps that finally worked for me.
After all the Bad Reviews I'm glad I took a chance
Brent H, Amazon
3 days ago
Summary: There was a lot of information out there about this product but I decided for $25 (Refurbished) I'd try it. Plugged it in, hit the "auto" button and away it went. It boosted the signal in an outbuilding from "Low" to "Excellent" and seems to be working just fine. I ignored the directions and the CD that came with it and didn't do any of the techno stuff like configuring the Host name, etc, etc. It just worked!
Summary: In one word...terrible. After failed attempts and miserable instructions I was finally able to synch to my wireless router. For some reason it would work for a while then stop. I would have to start the whole frustrating process all over again. Finally decided that the frustration wasn't worth it. Returned expander to Amazon, got rid of my wireless G router and went with an N router so range is no longer an issue. Wish I would have done that sooner, in the first place.
Summary: Here is how to setup the WRE54G range extender: 1. With a bent paper clip hold the reset for 20 seconds while the unit is plugged into the wall outlet (leave it plugged into the electrical outlet) 2. Make sure that wireless security is off on your router (steps 1 and 2 can be reversed) 3. Next with the range extender plugged into a wall outlet, hold the config button on the side of the range extender until both blue lights are steady then release the button.
Summary: I have been a loyal linksys user for many years. I purchased this to extend the range of my router. After receiving it I was unable to get it to work with my router. As a note I am very familiar with programming and networking of computers. I then called their support. After spending a hour on the phone talking to someone with extremely broken english it still did not work. I returned it and will not be purchasing another.
Summary: Claims to be super easy to set up. All you have to do is plug in and push button. Thats a joke. Plug in and insert CD and first thing it does is Search for Networks. Couldnt find it. After tinkering and hacking, I finally got it to discover using the LAN cable that came in box. So I finally get up and running but everytime I reboot or turn off my laptop the thing has to be unplugged and re-plugged. Then I have to disconnect and reconnect to my network.