Summary: Disclaimer: I work with Cisco networking products so I felt confident enough to troubleshoot any problems with this extender, which there are many. My directions below worked for me, but please use them at your own caution. I do not suggest this Wireless Expander for anyone not technically sound. It is cheap for a reason. I purchased this wireless extender for my in-laws to extend their wireless coverage throughout the house.
Summary: First the pros Low,low price Works reasonably well Now the cons no longer supported by linksys (no firmware available)latest firmware provided on unit is 5+ years old no WPA2 no AES unless you track a firmware down on the net (not supported by linksys/cisco) and that firmware is WPA not WPA 2 compatible conclusions wholly adequate for home use unless 1)you really feel you need WPA2/ AES .
After 20 tries, got it to work over secure network!
Jeff Ray, Amazon
7 August 2011
Summary: I got the $25 refurbished unit because wireless signal did not reach our bedroom. After 20 hair pulling tries, was able to get it to work over our secure wireless network. For me: 1. CD did not work! 2. Wired connection did not work! 3. Unsecure wireless worked sporatically. 4. Did all work with wireless security off. 5. Had to hit reset button after each failure before trying again. 6.
Summary: I read all of the reviews but thought, how bad can it be (setting it up that is)? Some people said that it worked when they plugged it in without any set up. Others said that they just followed the instructions on the CD and had no problems. Still others described great difficulty and elaborate efforts required to get the range expander to work properly. Nearly everyone said that it worked great when they were able to finally get it set up.
Hope The Product Works Because Customer Service Doesn't
Uranus Speaks "Uranus", Amazon
7 July 2011
Summary: Even refurbished the product was defective. Before contacting Linksys customer service I followed the installation instructions which were simple and effective (insert the auto-setup CD followed by connecting power and LAN cable to the device). The CD's program takes you through simple to understand, step-by-step installation process.
Summary: It does what it suppose to do but, the inital setup was painful. Since I have the Cisco-Linksys router, I thought it would be very easy to link this expander but, it took me at least 2 hours the first day and about an hour the next day. The CD that came with the expander was TOTALLY useless. I think, I finally figured out the problem. Since, it was refurbished unit, I needed to reset it to its original settings (reset button on the side, next to the auto configure).
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.
Summary: Once i got it configured it works great. But it was a bear to get it to work. I was using my Windows laptop connected to my router, and the repeater was also plugged into the router. Every time I got close to having it configured, Windows would give me messages saying there was an IP conflict.
Summary: Ahhh, the Range Expander. Great Concept, missed opportunity. I called and spoke w/Cisco support after a couple attempts to configure the device myself and was able to (on my own) actually configure the device. I was never able to configure wirelessly and did have to connect via Ethernet several times to my router to actually get the configuration page (192.168.1.240). What worked for me was looking at the help pages on the linksys web site.
Check the channel, that's what finally got it working for me
Jeff Crandall, Amazon
1 October 2010
Summary: Just wanted to add what ended up working for me. I went through the detailed list of steps in the first review and was not able to get it working. What finally worked was to disable wireless security on my main router (WRT160N) and then run the setup program. Until I did this, I would always get "Site survey fail". With security disabled, I was able to get the setup to run.