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That's one doozy of an extender. Looks like it frustrated more than a few people. First things first, most users are saying do not run the CD. If you did, you'll probably have to reset that extender. Apparently the CD is causing more problems than it's worth. There may also be some security issues WPA specifically that can interfere, but that doesn't sound like your issue. In the amazon. He seems to know what he is talking about.
Most of the other reviewers are pointing to his review and thanking him. Anyway, here is Boris' post. Hope it helps:. Prior to purchasing I reviewed the comments here by others. Seemed like outside of setup problems most had a good experience with this extender. Hence, I decided to purchase it and so far so good.
I am posting a setup configuration step by step for others in the future to avoid such headackes. Before posting such steps, I also noticed a few comments complaining about dropped links. I have not experienced dropped links. If anyone experiences drop links consider that the extender may be just on the border of the access range to the AP. This could be caused by distance too far ; a semi-blind spot between extender and AP; or some interferring devices such as microwave ovens or cordless phones in the path between extender and AP.
Consider relocating the extender or changing its default channel setting mine was set to operate on channel 6; while I have the AP on channel If the extender and AP are in the same room in perfect line of sight of each other, with no interference then disregard this recommendations; you may have a bad device. As many others suggest, diregard the CD and easy setup instructions. I tried it and does not work. A number of custom settings are needed, which apparently the CD based install cannot do.
As someone else pointed out the MAC address provided in the bottom of the extender is not the one you need. Use that same MAC address, but increment the last digit by one. If the last digit is 8, then use 9; if the last digit is 9 use A; these are hex numbers. If you do not understand any of this, then you have not setup your AP to filter by MAC and no need to worry about this step, skip it. Now, if your network is setup with an IP starting as Mine is on You can check your computers IP and if the first three digits are You can follow the instructions provided in the provided "Start Here" poster to connect the cables and power up the extender.
Because my network is on I used a hub as described in step 4 below, which you can skip or not , if you are on a net with IPs starting as To avoid any problems with my current network I used a laptop and manually changed its IP to In such case change the IP of your computer as I did from I have an inexpensive hub.
With a network cable I connected one of the hub ports to my laptop obviously you need to disconneted the computer first from the home network , and then connected another hub port to the extender with a second network cable.
What this connection does, is it takes the home network out of the picture while configuring the extender. This step 4 is not necessary, but recommended. The extender's login should pop up and proceed to type in "admin" for user id and "" for password without quote marks. If that does not work type admin for user id and leave the password field blank. Once you press OK you are presented with the extender's configuration Web page. The Status tab presents configuration information, nothing to set here.
You can come back here after done with changes and review. The Basic Setting tab allows to configure the Wireless Setting of the extender. Here is where you can change the channel number I left the default setting 6. Make sure after all selections are made you click the Apply button. If you have set MAC adress filtering which you should in your AP see step 2 , then you want to enable this same security feature here. There is no point of having MAC address filtering at the AP and allowing someone to break in thru the extender.
This is important, otherwise the extender will not allow connections from your AP. Make sure to click on Apply button after done with entering MAC adresses, also verify for typos. Move on to Wireless Security, while still under the Security tab. Provide the pre-shared key used in the AP. All security parameters should be the same as in the AP. At some points you may be asked to press Continue or the Apply button while making the above changes.
Each time press continue, except after this last step; press Apply which will cause your extender to reboot. Once it reboots, connect back with the browser if your connection was lost. We need to make one last change. Move on to the Advanced Settings tab. Leave alone all setting under Advanced Wireless Settings as presented; and move over to System Utility.
Here you want to change the device admin password. Unfortunately, this device only accepts a 4 character password very poor security , nonetheless change it to something else than the default password known by everyone in the World. Click on Apply and when prompted login back with the new password.
When presented with the System Utility page again, you may want to change the IP of the extender to something that works on your network. Again, if you are on a network where all IPs start with " I changed mine to This way I can make future changes over the wireless or wired network without having to connect the extender to a hub.
This IP is not necessary for the wireless connection to work, it is only necessary if you need to connect back for administrative and configuration changes using a browser.
If you changed the IP then press Apply once more and again if presented with the "Continue" and "Apply" options. If the IP changed you may see a warning that you need to reconnect using the new IP.
After this you can disconnect the network cable from your extender and relocate it to wherever you need to. Connect power to the extender at its new location and whola!
If it does not work, you may want to review the steps above and verify that everything entered was correct. Your security key needs to be also correct if using wireless security. If not sure you can start over by resetting the extender to factory defaults. Reset the extender by pushing the small resesed button on its back and holding it for 10 seconds. You also need to diconnect from the hub if you used one. That's all folks; hopefully this helps future buyers of this extender.
I gave the product 4 starts instead of 5 because of the above setup complications, the worthless CD included and the useless tech support as reported by others. Forums Please Help! Electron 8 years ago.
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