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LINKSYS RE2000 Selectable Dual-Band Wireless Range Extender
  • 2.4GHz/5.0GHz
  • Internal Antenna
  • Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • $80.99
  • $79.99
  • Free Shipping (restrictions apply)

4 out of 5 eggs Solid entry level range extender with innovative AC power and positioning options 09/12/2013

This review is from: LINKSYS RE2000 Selectable Dual-Band Wireless Range Extender

Pros:

The unit is well packaged, comes with a one year warranty, telephone and email support, and appears to have adequate web support.

The AC power cover/plug can be detached and the unit can be connected using an AC power cord. This makes this unit incredibly versatile in terms of placement for aesthetics, intended function and signal strength.

The RE2000 is equipped with a 10/100 bridge port to connect a wired device and it ships with an Ethernet cable.

The RE2000 is compatible with wireless-N 802.11n routers, the unit is equipped with 2 internal antennas, the web interface provides good status information, the range extender supports some QoS functions, and manual setup is quick and easy.

The RE2000 was reliable with good performance when positioned with minimal signal strength of -40 to -50 dBm and less than 100 feet from my wireless router (results may vary greatly in different environments).

Cons:

Comparable range extenders typically cost a bit less, are more compact and have equivalent performance.

Written instructions are limited and lack detail, manual setup instructions in the PDF manual are incomplete, and product information lacks sufficient details on technical specifications.

Attempting to use the automated RE2000 setup utility wasted a lot of my time with no results. Specifically, the setup utility initially indicated that wired connections must be disconnected to continue setup. After disconnecting my network cable, the setup utility indicated that second party wireless configuration utilities must be disabled and the windows wireless connection manager must be enabled. Given that I was already using the windows wireless connection manager, I came to an impasse as was not able to use automated setup. I attempted automated setup on my laptop with the same unsuccessful outcome. Luckily, manual setup was a very quick and easy (see instructions in other thoughts if needed).

The range extender functions as a repeater and cannot be configured with a unique SSID and passphrase or WEP Key in order to make a distinction between the primary wireless router and the range extender. In terms of actual and potential security concerns, it is unclear if Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) and the WPS pin are disabled when using manual setup, SSID broadcast cannot be disabled and the paraphrase is not hidden in the wireless security settings. The latter two items may be a deal breaker for some users (e.g., WPS exploits largely require an SSID broadcast).

Other Thoughts:

This range extender is a selectable single band Wi-Fi adapter (i.e., 300 Mbps maximum on 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz maximum), and not a simultaneous dual band adapter.

The features that sets this unit aside from the competition are the AC power and placement options, and perhaps the 10/100 bridge port.

In my case, the setup utility created unnecessary difficulties and delayed what should have been a quick and easy task; I recommend using manual setup. The manual set instructions that I used are as follows:
1. Connect the RE2000 directly to a computer using an Ethernet cable
2. Power on the RE2000
3. Launch the RE2000 admin page using the default IP: 192.168.1.1
4. Leave the user name blank and enter “admin” as the password
5. Navigate to the admin page and enter a strong password
6. Save the configuration
7. Navigate to “Wireless” and then to “Basic Wireless Settings”
8. Select “manual”
9. Enter your router’s SSID
10. Select “security Mode” and enter your Passphrase or WEP Key
11. Save the configuration
12. Unplug the Ethernet cable and the RE2000; plug the RE2000 back in after 30 seconds.
13. Scan you network for attached devices to identify the new RE2000 IP address and login using the admin password created above (an address reservation for the RE2000 can be added under the LAN setup in most routers so that the IP address does not change)
14. Complete setup such as enabling logs

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