In this article we are going to focus on steps involved in Linksys RE6500 WiFi range extender setup. So if you are also searching for the same then this article will prove to be highly beneficial for you.
But before moving for setup of Linksys RE6500 WiFi range extender, let’s have a brief outlook of what Linksys RE6500 WiFi range extender is.
As the range extender is characterised to extend the extent of your existing network so is the case with Linksys RE6500 WiFi range extender.
It is capable to extend the network up to 10,000 sq. ft. So if this matches with your network requirement then you can go with Linksys RE6500 range extender.
Although this range is not only centre of attraction. There exist many other features which makes this Linksys RE6500 WiFI range extender special.
Some of these features are as listed below
- It is dual band WiFi range extender that means it is capable to work in both 2.4 GHz as well as in 5 GHz band.
- For Linksys RE6500 WiFi range extender setup you do not need any installation CD.
- Enabled with cross band technology. This enhances its performance in great sense. As with this technology you can optimally use both frequency bands and enjoy uninterrupted network coverage throughout your network.
- You can also connect speakers with RE6500 range extender
- Also enables with Spot Finder technology, which is very helpful while knowing optimal place to place your Linksys range extender.
- Capable to deliver 867Mbps speed.
- WPS enables. That means you can also setup your Linksys RE6500 range extender through WPS mode.
- And much more.
These are some of the special and outstanding features of Linksys RE6500 WiFI range extender.
Now comes prime topic of discussion and that is how to setup Linksys RE6500 WiFi range extender.
AS already stated in features that you do not need any installation CD to setup RE6500 range extender.
Linksys has provided you with two options which you can follow as per your convenience. These are:
- Setup wizard
- Wi-Fi Protected Setup(WPS) method
In this article we will confine our discussion to first method of setting up Linksys RE6500 WiFi range extender i.e. Setup wizard.
You can also follow second method to setup your extender by following steps as discussed in our other article.
There are certain things that you are required to ensure before going to launch Linksys RE6500 WiFi range extender setup. These are:
- Make WiFi settings of your network handy. As you will require them throughout your setup wizard.
- Ensure your home network is working
Once you had taken care of these things then you can proceed for launching Linksys extender setup wizard, steps for which are as given below:
First step involves placing of your extender. For this you have to ensure that your Linksys RE6500 WiFi range extender should be placed in such a way that it should be capable to receive at least 50% of the WiFi signal that are coming from your home router.
Thus it is advised to place your Linksys extender in midway between your network router and dead spot.
Once you had decided the location where to place your extender then comes powering on this device.
But before that connect the antennas that you get along with Linksys extender as shown in figure and then put your extender on power socket.
Now you are required to wait for a while up to which light on extender turns to be blinking orange.
Now comes main steps involved in setting up Linksys range extender.
In this you are required to establish connection between your Linksys RE6500 WiFi range extender and a device through which you will launch setup wizard.
For this you can use any method among wireless method or wired method.
In Wireless setup you are required to connect your device (in this case we are considering it to be computer) with Linksys extender through wireless connection.
For this connect to WiFi network named as Linksys Extender Setup-xxx displayed in available network list on your computer.
Here this xxx means last three characters of extender’s MAC address. You can locate the same from the lable present at the side panel of the extender.
In Wired setup you are required to establish the link between computer and extender through wire that means Ethernet cable. But at the same time ensure that your computer should not be connected to any other Wi-Fi network.
Once the connection between extender and computer gets established, you are required to open up a web browser on your computer and here type http://extende r.linksys.com in the address bar of the browser. You can also type 192.168.1.1 instead of http://extender.linksys.com
This will automatically launch a setup wizard.
Here Select the language and then click on Start
Now it will ask you whether you want to install it as extender or access point. Here click on As a wireless range extender option and then click on Next.
This will list out various WiFi networks available. Here select your home network
After that it will ask you to enter password of your network. Click on Next once you enter the same.
This will land you to page where you can setup your Linksys RE6500 WiFi range extender as per your network requirements.
You will find that your extender’s network name will be same as your home network with only one difference of suffix _Ext for 2.4 GHz and _5GHz_Ext for 5 GHz band.
You can also change name of your extender’s network name.
Once you are done with required changes
then click on Next .
At the end comes Spot Finder technology. With the help of this you can easily find the adequate place to place your Linksys RE6500 WiFi range extender.
If it shows that Linksys range extender is placed Too close or Too far then you will be required to move your extender to better position with the help of Spot finder and start from Step 3.
But if it shows all good then just
click on Next .
Then you will be prompted to make an administrator password along with security hint. This is required for security purposes. Once done with that click on Next.
That’s it your Linksys RE6500 WiFi range extender setup gets completed. You will receive the screen as given below.