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11-14-2008 08:22 PM - edited 11-14-2008 08:47 PM
I've got the original v1 without the ethernet plug and it was a pain to setup. After several attempts, i've got it down to a "T" though. If you follow this, it will work!!!!!!!
Take note of the following on your router first: SSID, Channel (must be a set channel, cannot be auto - i suggest channel 1 because the extenders do not work well with all channels), Encryption - must be set to WPA/TKIP!!!!!!! The extenders will not work with anything else (well they will work with WEP, but why use WEP??? Better to use the strongest encryption possible and for the extenders that is WPA/TKIP....AES does not work!!!)
Once you have that information written down, before you do anything else, power off your router. I don't know why, but the order these things are powered backup will make a difference.
Once the router is off, clear any saved networks from your pc's wireless network adapter.
Then to the wireless adapters network settings and configure the adapter manually. Change your ip address to 192.168.1.241 (any ip in this range .1-.244 can be used except .240 since that is the extenders default ip). Set subnet to 255.255.255.0. Set gateway to 192.168.1.240. Close network settings.
Plug in the extender and wait about 3o seconds. Under your wireless networks you should see a new default cisco name of some type (that should be the router connect to it). Try pinging the extender (192.168.1.240) - you should ger a reply. Open a web browser and type in http://192.168.1.240 The initial login is a blank username and "admin" as the password. Immediately change the default password to something else. Log back into the settings page with the new password.
Under settings, change the SSID to match that of the router- needs to be exact (so make sure spelling and upper/lower case is all the same - exactly as the SSID of the router would be).
Set the channel to match your router (if your router is set to auto - this will be a problem - needs to be the same channel). FYI, i noticed that my extender does not work with all channels. For instance when searching for wireless networks with my pc, if my router is using channel 4, i do not see the extender when it is also set to channel 4 - doesn't matter if you wait forever or reboot my pc simply won't find the extender if it's on channel 4. This could be an issue with my wireless card, but i doubt it since it can find my router on channel 4. I tried all of the channels, and my extender only shows up using certain channels. For me, channel 1 works the best.
Setup security. Don't click on "enable security" by itself - if you do this, the extender will not keep the other changes such as the SSID name and channel you selected and you'll basically have to reset back to the default and start over again. Instead, Click on the option to change security features - it will ask you if you wan to enable security here, choose yes. A new window will pop up. Select WPA with TKIP. That is the only setting that the extender will work with. It does not work with AES, or WPA2!!!!!! Enter the same passphrase as the one your router uses - must be exactly the same.
Now Save. Once you hit save you will be forced off the network becauase security has been enabled and because the SSID has been changed. Disconnect from the network on your PC. Refresh the list and you should see the new SSID name. Connect to the new SSID using the passphrase you previously setup. Once connected attempt to reach the setup page again. If you can get to it, then the security portion is good to go.
Turn off the extender.
Disconnect from the wireless network on your pc. Go back to to network settings and change back to "automatically" obtain ip address.
Power on the router. Wait approximately 2 minutes to makes sure the router is completely booted.
Your PC should see the router's SSID - don't connect yet though. Now turn on the extender. The extender light should initially flash red and then turn blue. Once it's blue, it's associated with your router. You should see the same SSID twice in the wireless settings of your pc now - once for your router and once for the extender. Connect to either of them - it doesn't matter which since both are using the same SSID, same channel, same WPA/TKIP security.
Once connected ping your routers IP and then ping the extenders IP. If you can reach both, then you're good. If you have these settings it will not drop out.....
UNLESS.... your router has some kind of setting that disconnects from your ISP every 24 hours and re-establishes connectivity (some kind of security feature, but it's pretty pointless) I've seen this listed under some routers initial configuration pages. Usually there is an option to turn this off.