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LINKSYS WRE54G Wireless-G Range Extender

  • Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • IEEE 802.11b/g

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  • Patrick F.
  • 11/11/2011 11:03:18 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsConsistent Failure

Pros: If you can get it working, it works for a little while.

Cons: Auto-configure system works when it wants to. CD wizard setup is finicky and will only work properly if you are lucky. Signal strength just barely stretches the network's area...

Despite all this, I ended up buying two of these. One replacing the other one after it seemed to just burn out. The second one has now failed in the same way the first one did. Fooled me twice...

Other Thoughts: As the title would imply, you can count on this range expander to fail on you at some point.

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  • Thom S.
  • 5/23/2011 4:49:36 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsNO Help

Pros: Pretty Package

Cons: I bought the range extender and set it up and it seemed to work for about an hour when it itterupted the wireless signal and required me to restart the network. I tried talking to Cisco who at first gave me the runaround since my router was out of warranty, nothing wong with router. After much complaining I finaly spoke with someone who then told me my router was not compatable..... HMMMM the box says it was...... oh they found someone who can't type and left off the 2 on the website. The same build firmware and release date but they can't figure it out. I WILL NEVER BUY AGAIN. customer service is very important for me and to get snubbed like that gets me angry and frustrated. I am NOT a NOOB to the computer world and when something doesn't work and you won't help.... I will be sure to tell hundereds of people.

Other Thoughts: NO CRM, NO BUY

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  • Ian J.
  • 11/13/2010 8:53:53 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsWorks as published

Pros: Simply works as published, providing excellent signal strength to otherwise limited areas of the home or office. No need for mounting just plug into a wall power outlet.

Cons: User setup not the easiest to follow, especially not intuitive to those who are networking savvy. Best to follow the setup guide to the letter instead of interfering (my networking knowledge made setup way more complicated than it should have been)

Other Thoughts: Following the setup guide exactly instead of ad-lib the setup ultimately saved the installation which has since worked flawlessly for the last two years.
Mount it high on the wall near a power outlet is best but not the most practical, but does come with all the hardware (mounting brackets etc.) needed, if range is not that critical ie less than 100feet with few walls to block the antenna then plug directly into a wall power outlet.

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  • Rob T.
  • 11/3/2010 12:39:29 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsConsider Alternatives

Pros: 1) Assuming this works at all, you don't need to run cable. (Although consider the price of just running a cable when thinking about buying this thing and then having to deal with it.)
2) Has not tried to enslave the human race.

Cons: If you aren't very familiar with setting up routers or other network hardware, stay far away. This device isn't user friendly.

1) The signal strength this produces is mediocre.
2) The auto-config button has NEVER worked for me. I'm pretty sure it is some sort of joke. We have two of these devices, tested against multiple routers. The button doesn't seem to do anything useful.
3) Make sure to not set your router to auto select channels. (Try to avoid doing anything to your router at all after setting this up, or you'll likely be setting this device up again.)
4) The only way that we've gotten this to work is not in the documentation. All provided instructions do not lead to a working configuration.
5) The CD wizard is not very clear at all about why it fails, when it fails.
6) There are also no additional features to speak of that might redeem this otherwise frustrating device.
7) We don't use the security features, but I'm pretty sure that the options are poor. Enjoy your WE

Other Thoughts: You're better off running cable and setting up additional access points/routers that aren't such a pain to configure, and don't depend so heavily on a separate device's rigidly-expected wireless configuration.

If you're having trouble with client machines who are connected wirelessly to the device, but don't seem to be getting any internet connection, try flushing any stored wireless connection information ('manage wireless' in Win7) and reconnecting. I can't fault this device for that, but thought I'd mention that as another source of trouble.

Oh, and one of the two that we own doesn't seem to work at all. Feel free to not purchase this.

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1 out of 5 eggsNightmare in general

Pros: None

Cons: Extremely frustrating and difficult to set up.
Signal boost, once set up, is not nearly as powerful as advertised or as it should be.

Other Thoughts: I am a network administrator and a computer technician and if it wasn't for my overall knowledge of systems I would never be able to get this device running. Any normal end user would likely give up in frustration and simply return this product after about a month of calling tech support and troubleshooting. Definitely not worth the cost, even when you ARE able to get it functioning.

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  • Janet T.
  • 9/16/2010 12:31:49 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsMercy!

Pros: Physically simple product

Cons: Technically frightening product

Other Thoughts: The item in question was bought for a small country church wireless network; and is nothing more than a secretarys' gimmick. Believe me when I tell you that even prayer won't help...

If it works at all (which many don't, right out of the box) it apparently requires some type of mind-bendingly complex setup procedure to make it play nice with most all contemporary wireless hardware. THIS PRODUCT HAS MASSIVE FIRMWARE ISSUES: STAY CLEAR.

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  • Mohamed S.
  • 8/16/2010 5:41:30 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: does what it's supposed to do..

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: I wish they made the setup similar than it is, the setup was somewhat confusing, but I figured it out.

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  • Robert G.
  • 8/13/2010 3:13:13 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsWorks if you know how to set it up

Pros: Works well, really boots wireless signal easily on a floor of a large home. I have been using these for years.

Cons: To set it up, you need to log into the interface via wireless or Ethernet. Forget the cd. You need to set whichever connection you are using to a static IP to access this product's interface. then you have to change all the settings to match EXACTLY the wireless security settings of your router. If this is not done it will not work, it will not boost the signal if it can't connect to your wireless network. If you are using more than one of these you must change the IP address of every unit, each one must be different. If the link light is red instead of blue that means it is not connected to your router. Nothing has to be configured in your router unless you have MAC filters enabled. This unit simply connects to your router like any wireless device, but it boots the signal strength.

Other Thoughts: Difficult for the average user to setup. I have many clients that use these, thinking simply plugging it into a wall will make it boost your signal. This is correct if your network is unlocked, however as stated above you must configure it to connect to a locked network. Only has up to WPA security does not have WPA2.

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  • David D.
  • 8/5/2010 2:13:01 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggsWouldn't work with my Belkin AP/Router

Pros: It seems like it would be very easy to set up with Linksys devices.

Cons: I couldn't get it to work with my Belkin router/AP (and I'm a few months from getting my bachelor of science in information technology...), and I've ready elswhere (and now believe) that it will only work with linksys products.

Other Thoughts: Scam.

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  • Jason V.
  • 7/20/2010 2:55:48 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsBuyer Beware

Pros: Supposing this worked with my wireless network, it would work well. I got excellent an signal boost after a laborious set up process, however it provided exactly an exactly 0% boost to throughput.

Cons: This piece of equipment is entirely incompatible with anything other than linksys routers. Do not try to use this product otherwise, it's an exercise in frustration.

Other Thoughts: If you are running Verizon FIOS (like me, unfortunately) you CANNOT use any type of range extender or repeater or even another router setup for WDS with it. The ActionTec router that Verizon uses does not support WDS in any form, so the only solution to your range problems if you're using Verizon FIOS is to centrally locate the router. I hope you've got a small house.

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