12-05-2011 04:05 AM
The problem (that I believe the majority are facing) is not setting up the RE1000, it's the RE1000 dropping other devices from the internet after couple of minutes.
I.e. devices connected to the RE1000 will still show you full home wifi signal strength and never loose connection to the RE1000, but they simply loose the ability to connect to the internet (i.e. browse the web, etc..).
I've used the RE1000 it to extend my Cisco Linksys E4200 signal, and this device has been nothing but pain so far, and it seems I'm not alone at this.
I'm a senior software developer, and own plenty of routers, many of which are custom dd-wrts, and rarely I find something this frustrating to use without being the manufacturer at fault.
Anyway, I'll hopefully update this review if Cisco releases a firmware upgrade that fixes this device. So until then, my advice is stay away.
to whom it may concern, RE1000 also doesn't support mac address filter option enabled on your home router that the RE1000 is extending.
Other devices won't be able to connect to the RE1000 if mac filter option is enabled on your home router (even though those devices' mac addresses are properly listed in your home router along with the RE1000 mac address).
12-05-2011 03:47 PM
The RE1000 is meant to extend the range of an 802.11n network. While the device has the ability to extend the signal for a traditional 802.11g router, still it is not recommended. The reason for this is because the RE1000 is built to extend 2.4 Ghz 802.11n signals which use MIMO as well as other advanced technologies, if attempting to extend a G network you will not achieve the desired performance because it is not optimized to extend standard 802.11G signals.
Remember that the RE1000 will only extend the 2.4Ghz frequency. Meaning that if you have a router that is dual band you can only use an extender on the 2.4Ghz channel. The 5 Ghz channel does not currently have an Extender available for it. Since some dual band routers have the ability to select which frequency you want activated. Always make sure 2.4 Ghz is enabled if you are having troubles configuring.
When possible remember to use the Setup Utility and make sure the RE1000 is close to the router when first setting it up. The utility will test your network performance for you.
Remember to quickly get to the RE1000 after it has been setup, you can click on Computer > Network > then look in network infrastructure to see the RE1000. Double Clicking will launch the setup page.
Lastly and most importantly, remember that in order to get the best performance from an RE1000 you need to place the extender in an area where you still have at least 50% signal strength to your router when you place it in the final location where the RE1000 will be used. To configure the RE1000 you will need to login to the UI after you have put the RE1000 in the final location to verify the signal strength below is a reminder about signal bars and what they mean as a reminder
For ALL configurations you should have between 2-3 bars of signal at the very least. If you have less we will need to move the RE1000 closer to the router. You can also check the status on the status page of the RE1000 as well. On the status page it measures both Signal Strength and Signal Quality. If either set of bars is red you must move the RE1000 closer to the Router.
For better reviews, you can visit: http://www.amazon.com/Linksys-RE1000-Wireless-N-Ra
04-21-2012 06:12 PM
I agree that but if I start to put all my wireless hardware’s virtual address (iphone,.Ipad, Smart Phone and laptop) on the my routers list pretty soon I have no space to add another hardware is there solution for that I believe RE 1000 should be transparent mac address on the router just suggestion
07-22-2012 09:45 PM
"While the device has the ability to extend the signal for a traditional 802.11g router, still it is not recommended."
What does that mean? I am trying to extend my existing wireless g network. Are you saying that this doesn't work with wireless g? The specifications say it does.
Does that mean I have to buy a used wireless g extender? (I went through 2 of those, before I gave up--I was hoping there was something available now that worked better).