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Linksys Network Router How To Use Manual

Linksys network router user manual.

Wireless-G Range Expander
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Summary of Contents

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    Wireless-G Range Expander Copyright and Trademarks Specifications are subject to change without notice. Linksys is a registered trademark or trademark of Cisco Systems, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and certain other countries. Copyright © 2004 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved.

  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Wireless-G Range Expander Table of Contents Chapter 1: Introduction Welcome What’s in this Guide? Chapter 2: Planning your Wireless Network Network Topology Roaming Network Layout Chapter 3: Getting to Know the Wireless-G Range Expander The Front Panel The Side Panel The Power Plate Chapter 4: Connecting the Wireless-G Range Expander Wall Mounting...

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    Wireless-G Range Expander List of Figures Figure 3-1: The Front Panel Figure 3-2: The Power Plate with Cord Figure 3-3: The Two-Prong Power Plate Figure 4-1: Wall-mounting the Range Expander with the Power Plate with Cord 9 Figure 4-2: Wall-mounting the Range Expander with the Two-Prong Power Plate9 Figure 5-1: The Setup Wizard’s Welcome screen Figure 5-2: Connecting to an access point Figure 5-3: Confirm Wireless Settings...

  • Page 4: Chapter 1: Introduction, Welcome

    Wireless-G Range Expander Chapter 1: Introduction Welcome Thank you for choosing the Wireless-G Range Expander. This Range Expander will allow you to expand your network beyond the range of your current access point or wireless router. How does the Range Expander do this? Once on your network, the Range Expander repeats the signal to all devices within its range.

  • Page 5: What's In This Guide

    Wireless-G Range Expander What’s in this Guide? This user guide covers the steps for setting up and using the Wireless-G Range Expander. • Chapter 1: Introduction This chapter describes the Range Expander’s applications and this User Guide. • Chapter 2: Planning Your Wireless Network This chapter discusses a few of the basics about wireless networking.

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    This appendix supplies the Range Expander’s warranty information. • Appendix G: Regulatory Information This appendix supplies the Range Expander’s regulatory information. • Appendix H: Contact Information This appendix provides contact information for a variety of Linksys resources, including Technical Support. Chapter 1: Introduction What’s in this Guide?

  • Page 7: Chapter 2: Planning Your Wireless Network, Network Topology, Roaming

    Linksys wireless adapters also provide users access to a wired network when using an access point or wireless router. An integrated wireless and wired network is called an infrastructure network. Each wireless PC in an infrastructure network can talk to any computer in a wired network infrastructure via the access point or wireless router.

  • Page 8: Network Layout

    When you wish to connect your wired network with your wireless network, network ports on access points and wireless routers can be connected to any of Linksys's switches or routers. With these, and many other, Linksys products, your networking options are limitless. Go to the Linksys website at for more information about wireless products.

  • Page 9: Chapter 3: Getting To Know The Wireless-g Range Expander, The Front Panel, The Side Panel

    Wireless-G Range Expander Chapter 3: Getting to Know the Wireless-G Range Expander The Front Panel The Range Expander's LEDs, where information about network activity is displayed, are located on the front panel. In addition, the Range Expander’s antenna is adjustable and located on the front panel. Make sure the antenna is positioned straight up into the air, however the Range Expander is positioned.

  • Page 10: The Power Plate, Figure 3-2: The Power Plate With Cord

    Wireless-G Range Expander The Power Plate The back of the Range Expander has a recess where its power plates can be connected. Two power plates come with the Range Expander, one with two prongs for connecting directly to a power outlet, and another with a cord to reach a power outlet. These power plates are slid into the recess and are fully connected when the orange tab snaps into place.

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    Wireless-G Range Expander Chapter 4: Connecting the Wireless-G Range Expander Since the Range Expander does not physically connect to your network, through cables, etc., connection is very simple. 1. Locate an optimum location for the Range Expander. The best placement is usually at the edge of your wireless network.

  • Page 12: Wall Mounting, Figure 4-1: Wall-mounting The Range Expander With The Power Plate With Cord

    Wireless-G Range Expander Wall Mounting For more convenient placement, the Range Expander can be positioned/mounted on any wall. There are two ways to do this. With the Power Plate with Cord. Use the Wall Mounting Kit included with the Range Expander With the Two-Pronged Power Plate.

  • Page 13: Chapter 5: Setting Up The Wireless-g Range Expander

    Wireless-G Range Expander Chapter 5: Setting Up the Wireless-G Range Expander Now that you've placed the Range Expander within your wireless network, you are ready to begin setting it up. This Setup Wizard will take you through all the steps necessary to configure the Range Expander. 1.

  • Page 14: Figure 5-2: Connecting To An Access Point, Figure 5-3: Confirm Wireless Settings

    Wireless-G Range Expander 3. The next screen advises you to have your PC communicating with your wireless network before starting the setup process. The Range Expander does not yet require connection. You should always connect your networking gear to a surge protector. Click the Next button to continue or Exit to exit the Setup Wizard. 4.

  • Page 15: Figure 5-6: The Security Settings Screen, Figure 5-7: Choose The Range Expander

    Wireless-G Range Expander c.The Security Settings screen will appear next. From this screen, you can set the level of encryption on your network, along with entering the appropriate passphrases and/or encryption keys. If your network’s WEP encryption uses a passphrase, enter it here. The passphrase can consist of no more than 16 alphanumeric characters.

  • Page 16: Figure 5-9: The Security Settings Screen, Figure 5-10: The Configure Network Address Settings Screen

    Wireless-G Range Expander 7. The Security Settings screen will appear next, if you have not entered this information already. From this screen, you can set the level of encryption on your network, along with entering the appropriate passphrases and/or encryption keys. If your network’s WEP encryption uses a passphrase, enter it here.

  • Page 17: Figure 5-11: The Confirm New Settings Screen, Figure 5-12: The Congratulations Screen

    Wireless-G Range Expander 9. You should now review the settings you've chosen. If these settings are correct, click the Yes button to save these settings. If you wish to change any of the settings, click the No button. You will exit the Setup Wizard and can start it again to revise your settings.

  • Page 18: Chapter 6: Configuring The Wireless-g Range Expander, Overview, Figure 6-1: Password Screen

    Wireless-G Range Expander Chapter 6: Configuring the Wireless-G Range Expander Overview The Range Expander has been designed to be functional right out of the box, setting it up with the Auto configuration button or with the Setup Wizard. However, if you'd like to change these settings, the Range Expander can be configured through your web browser with the Web-Based Utility.

  • Page 19: The Setup Tab, Figure 6-2: Setup Tab - Basic Setup

    Make sure this setting is the same for all points in your wireless network. For added security, you should change the SSID from the default name, linksys, to a unique name. • SSID Broadcast. Allows the SSID to be broadcast on your network. You may want to enable this function while configuring your network, but make sure that you disable it when you are finished.

  • Page 20: Figure 6-3: Wep Security Screen

    WEP keys. It is case-sensitive and should not be longer than 16 alphanumeric characters. (This Passphrase function is compatible with Linksys wireless products only. If you want to communicate with non-Linksys wireless products, enter the WEP key manually on the non-Linksys wireless products.) After you enter the Passphrase, click the Generate button to create WEP keys.

  • Page 21: Figure 6-4: Setup Tab - Password, Figure 6-5: File Download

    Wireless-G Range Expander Password The Password screen allows you to change the Range Expander's password and restore factory defaults. Changing the sign-on password for the Range Expander is as easy as typing the password into the Password field. Then, type it again into the second field to confirm. To restore the Range Expander's factory default settings, click the Yes button beside Restore Factory Defaults.Then, click the Save Settings button.

  • Page 22: Figure 6-6: Setup Tab - Help, Figure 6-7: Firmware Upgrade

    Type D:\Acrobat (if “D” is the letter of your CD-ROM drive). New firmware versions are posted at and can be downloaded for free. If the Range Expander is not experiencing difficulties, then there is no need to download a more recent firmware version, unless that version has a new feature that you want to use.

  • Page 23: Common Problems And Solutions, Frequently Asked Questions

    Wireless-G Range Expander. Read the description below to solve your problems. If you can't find an answer here, check the Linksys website at Common Problems and Solutions 1.

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    Wireless-G Range Expander •Multi-Channel Roaming •Automatic Rate Selection •RTS/CTS feature •Fragmentation •Power Management What is Ad-hoc? An Ad-hoc wireless network is a group of computers, each with a wireless adapter, connected as an independent wireless network. An Ad-hoc wireless network is applicable at a departmental scale for a branch or SOHO operation.

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    (WEP) to enhance security and access control. Users can set it up depending upon their needs. Can Linksys Wireless products support file and printer sharing? Linksys Wireless products can work with Netware, Windows NT/2000, or other operating systems to support printer or file sharing. What is WEP? WEP is Wired Equivalent Privacy, a data privacy mechanism based on a 40-bit shared-key algorithm, as described in the IEEE 802.11 standard.

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    Wireless-G Range Expander How do I avoid interference? Using multiple access points on the same channel and in close proximity to one another will generate interference. When employing multiple access points, be sure to operate each one on a different channel (frequency).

  • Page 27: Appendix B: Wireless Security, Security Precautions, Security Threats Facing Wireless Networks

    Wireless-G Range Expander Appendix B: Wireless Security Linksys wants to make wireless networking as safe and easy for you as possible. The current generation of Linksys products provide several network security features, but they require specific action on your part for implementation.

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    This includes hackers. So, don’t broadcast the SSID. Wireless networking products come with a default SSID set by the factory. (The Linksys default SSID is “linksys”.) Hackers know these defaults and can check these against your network. Change your SSID to something unique and not something related to your company or the networking products you use.

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    These security recommendations should help keep your mind at ease while you are enjoying the most flexible and convenient technology Linksys has to offer. Appendix B: Wireless Security Security Threats Facing Wireless Networks...

  • Page 30: Appendix C: Upgrading Firmware, Figure C-1: Upgrade Firmware

    Appendix C: Upgrading Firmware The Range Expander's firmware is upgraded through the Web-Utility's Help tab. Follow these instructions: 1. Download the firmware from Linksys's website at 2. Click Upgrade Firmware from the Web-Utility's Help tab, and the Upgrade Firmware screen will appear.

  • Page 31: Appendix D: Windows Help

    Wireless-G Range Expander Appendix D: Windows Help All wireless products require Microsoft Windows. Windows is the most used operating system in the world and comes with many features that help make networking easier. These features can be accessed through Windows Help and are described in this appendix.

  • Page 32: Appendix E: Glossary

    Wireless-G Range Expander Appendix E: Glossary 802.11b - An IEEE wireless networking standard that specifies a maximum data transfer rate of 11Mbps and an operating frequency of 2.4GHz. 802.11g - An IEEE wireless networking standard that specifies a maximum data transfer rate of 54Mbps, an operating frequency of 2.4GHz, and backward compatibility with 802.11b devices.

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    Passphrase - Used much like a password, a passphrase simplifies the WEP encryption process by automatically generating the WEP encryption keys for Linksys products. Port - The connection point on a computer or networking device used for plugging in cables or adapters.

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    Wireless-G Range Expander Roaming - The ability to take a wireless device from one access point's range to another without losing the connection. Router - A networking device that connects multiple networks together. RTS (Request To Send) - A networking method of coordinating large packets through the RTS Threshold setting. Server - Any computer whose function in a network is to provide user access to files, printing, communications, and other services.

  • Page 35: Appendix F: Specifications

    Wireless-G Range Expander Appendix F: Specifications Standards IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b Buttons Auto configuration/Mode, Reset LEDs Link (Red/Blue), Activity (Blue) Transmit Power 802.11g: Typ. 13±1 1dBm @ Normal Temp Range 802.11b: Typ: 15±1 1dBm @ Normal Temp Range" Security features WEP key bits 64/128 Dimensions (W x H x D)

  • Page 36: Appendix G: Warranty Information

    Your exclusive remedy and Linksys' entire liability under this warranty will be for Linksys at its option to repair or replace the Product or refund Your purchase price less any rebates.

  • Page 37: Appendix H: Regulatory Information

    Canadian regulations. EC DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY (EUROPE) Linksys declares that this product conforms to the specifications listed below, following the provisions of the European R&TTE directive 1999/5/EC: EN 301 489-1, 301 489-17 General EMC requirements for Radio equipment.

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    Linksys vakuuttaa täten että dieses produkt tyyppinen laite on direktiivin 1999/5/EY oleellisten vaatimusten ja sitä koskevien näiden direktiivien muiden ehtojen mukainen. Linksys Group déclare que le produit est conforme aux conditions essentielles et aux dispositions relatives à la directive 1999/5/EC.

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    Wireless-G Range Expander FCC PART 68 STATEMENT This equipment complies with Part 68 of the FCC Rules. A label is attached to the equipment that contains, among other information, its FCC registration number and ringer equivalence number. If requested, this information must be provided to the telephone company.

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    Wireless-G Range Expander Caution: To reduce the risk of fire, use only No.26 AWG or larger telecommunication line cord. Do not use this product near water, for example, in a wet basement or near a swimming pool. Avoid using this product during an electrical storm. There may be a remote risk of electric shock from lightning. Appendix H: Regulatory Information...

  • Page 41: Appendix I: Contact Information

    Can't find information about a product you want to buy on the web? Do you want to know more about networking with Linksys products? Give our advice line a call at: Or fax your request in to: If you experience problems with any Linksys product,...

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    ® A Division of Cisco Systems, Inc. Wireless-G 802.11g User Guide Range Expander WIRELESS WRE54G Model No.

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