The Linksys RE1000 is a range extender for wireless networks operating in the N pattern. For this, it only requires a connection to the electrical power and, after a fast setup process, it starts repeating the signal from a router, extending the range this network.
Installation and configuration
The Linksys E1000 installation program, which accompanies the product kit, is among the most efficient we have ever tested, with a quick and simple tutorial. To run it, simply connect the device to a computer through a network cable (the product brings one), and run the program.
For configuring, the very first step is to download the latest setup software. The range Wi-Fi extender only pair up and work with the 2.4 Ghz wireless network. You will need the SSID network name, password key (WPA).
Use the installation setup CD and follow the instructions on your screen. You might need to tap on “Auto-play” option. After completing the Linksys WiFi Extender Login process; something that takes less than 5 minutes, the extender can be moved to the final installation location. After that, you do not have to make any changes to your networked devices because the repeater will display the same SSID (network name) as the router you are extending the signal to, also inheriting the same password.
Router Connection Status
We also placed the Linksys RE1000 on the second floor in the room next to where the notebook is located. When the extender is turned on after the Linksys Extender Setup, the notebook has already connected automatically with the RE1000 and the status of the connection has improved significantly, making it possible to browse the internet, something unfeasible before.
Signal Quality and Strength, Transfer speed
We began our comparative tests with signal quality in three situations: one meter away, no barriers, three meters with two obstructions and one 2.4GHz router next, and ten meters with three obstructions and a larger number of networks interfering with the signal.
The signal strength of the repeater was within the mean of the wireless devices tested here, which includes a number of routers. Below we verify the quality of the signal, something directly related to the signal strength
As expected, the signal quality of the RE1000 was also within the average of the other devices in our comparison, showing that despite being portable and not having external antennas, the device can deliver signal quality of the same level as conventional routers.
The Linksys RE1000 is very efficient as a signal repeater, quickly and practically solving the possible connection problems in an environment with the exemplary extender.linksys.com Support , or even increasing the area of action of a wireless network.
Signal strength and quality were optimum, maintaining the average achieved by complete routers. Efficiency is also present when installing and configuring the device, with an application that acts as a tutorial showing all the steps and finalizing the operation in less than 5 minutes.
As for additional functions, the Linksys RE1000 is a very “specialized” device, being limited to acting as a wireless signal repeater (its main function) and, at the most, also serving as a bridge , connecting through its network port a device which does not have a wireless connection, for example.