Installing the Linksys WRE54G Wireless Expander
Posted: May 6, 2008 Filed under: Installing the Linksys WRE54G repeater | Tags: error, expander, how to, installing, Linksys, repeater, survey failed, wireless, WRE54G
I bought a repeater to get that little extra reach enabling Internet access in the garden. Since I already had a Linksys WRT54G router I thought it would be easy if I also bought a repeater of the same brand. However the easy setup steps as noted in the ‘quick’ installation booklet ‘quickly’ stranded at step 3d with an ‘survey failed’ error meaning the wireless router couldn’t find the repeater. Of course I wouldn’t be the first nor the last to encounter such problems and a quick search on the internet gave me the following solution:
1) The network was up and running under WPA secure mode when I did this also I had my pc directly connected via an ethernet cable to the router.
2) Plug expander into wall socket, I did not push config button, don’t pay attention to the lights on the expander.
3) Run an ethernet cable from your router to the expander via the ethernet port below the lights on the expander. //cable included in the WRE54G box
4) Open up 2 browsers on your hardwired computer, one browser at 192.168.1.1 (router) and the second browser at 192.168.1.240 (expander) //password is ‘admin’, leave userid blank
5) Set the SSID and subnet mask on the expander, the same as the router. // <— important the same!! using the same SSID name will show only 1 wireless network in your wireless connection options however the signal strength of your network will have increased.
6) Go to edit security settings on your expander, type in the security key that is in your router, and save settings on the expander. A couple redlight flashes and you should have two blue ones, your ready to move the expander anywhere to get a signal.
7)If you get a IP conflict when moving the expander, unplug and plug back in // happened to me, besides unplugging I also had to switch on/off the wireless on my laptop.
Thanks to the post here.
On a side note: I’ll be only powering the repeater on when I am in the garden since I already have a cellphone tower nearby emitting enough energy (mW/cm^2, power density) of which the long term effects, if existent, are not clear.