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Linksys
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Posts: 34,542
Registered: ‎05-09-2011

RE1000 - Not consistent signal

This extender is used in a large home where the Linksys E3000 router is on one end on the main floor. This extender was very easy to install and immediately boosted the range. The problem is that the signal strength is not consistent and is periodically dropped entirely. This is a nuisance for using something like an IPad, but unacceptable when streaming Netflix or similar. Unfortunately I am still looking for how to get solid whole house, consistent strength wifi.
What's great about it: Easy installation , easy to move around.
What's not so great: Drops the signal and does not provide consistent signal
This product has...
  • Fast connection
  • Short range
  • Reliable connection
  • some value
About me...
  • Heavy media streamer
  • Business Professional
  • wifi ipad user
I use it in...:Large home
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Corleone
Posts: 2,785
Registered: ‎09-07-2006

Re: RE1000 - Not consistent signal

First of all please verify that you have got a 802.11n card in your computer. New generation devices speaks an entirely different language with 802.11g cards, so while those adapters can work with new generation devices, but they are not optimized to provide good performance. It is like having to translate from one language to another in real time when going from N to G.

 

Second, optimize the wireless settings on the router first.

1. Connect to your router's admin interface. Usually 192.168.1.1. The default user-name is blank,default password is "admin" (without the quotes).

2. Click on the Wireless tab and do the following changes.

For Channel Settings of 2.4 GHz you can make Channel Width to 20 MHz only and Channel to 6, 9, 11..

For Channel Settings of 5 GHz you can make Channel Width to 20 MHz only and Channel to 40 or 161...

3. Click on Save settings.

 

The Linksys Wireless Range Extender and wireless router or access point’s wireless settings should match in order for them to work properly. You must first identify the following wireless settings of your router:

 

• Wireless Network Name (SSID)

• Wireless Channel

• Wireless Security Mode (WPA/WPA2 Personal or WEP)

• Network Key or Passphrase

 

Here is the link for the configuration of the RE1000…

http://www6.nohold.net/Cisco2/ukp.aspx?pid=93&login=1&vw=1&app=search&articleid=3760&userrole=Linksy...

 

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.