This works well. But it was a nightmare to set up. I must have spent about 10 hours on the phone to Belkin, which I was only able to do because it was during half-term. Eventually I worked out what to do printing out the manual and looking up users' opinions online.
Once you have worked through it correctly, save the configuration and make a note of what you have done! The thought of trying to work it all out again...!
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1. Use the Quick Installation guide to get the repeater recognised. For this you need to disable security on your wired computer. Once it has connected to the modem router, the red light will stop blinking. You are now connected! But most people use security settings... If that includes you, then read on...
2. For the next bit, print out pages 14 to 24 of the manual, and also page 35 to find out how to save your settings.
3. You are likely to have a wired connection from a desktop computer to your main modem router. On this computer, go to Network Settings (under Control Panel), then to your (active) local area connection. Right click, and under Properties, edit the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP). At present you will have checked Obtain an IP address/ Obtain DNS server automatically. Change this. Enter the following IP address: 192.168.2.50 (this is the one address you may have to check to see if it is correct); subnet 255.255.255.0; default gateway 192.168.2.254. You don't have to enter anything for Obtain the DNS server.
4. Make a note of the wired modem security settings (e.g. WEP), the security password, and the name of the computer (e.g. Tony).
5. Connect the range extender directly to your computer (this isn't mentioned in the manual). It is simplest to take the Ethernet cable from the modem router and put it into the Range extender. Use the Range Extender Utility and you should see the Extender recognised (click refresh if it doesn't appear).
6. Load your browser and type in the URL 192.168.2.254
7. This loads the range extender web-based utility. Look at the menu on the left and choose basic (login without bothering to enter a password - just press submit). Then look at SSID (two mentions on the same page) and where it says SSID give the exact same name as the modem router to the range extender (e.g. Tony). Then look at Security and give the exact same security settings (e.g. WEP) and password.
8. Apply changes and look at these pages again to make sure they have been changed. You may have to apply changes a couple of times to make sure they take!
9. Position the range extender half way to where you want to extend the rage. Mine is positioned about 20 metres away. That's quite far away, at the other end of the garden. The red light shouldn't blink once the extender connects with the main modem router.
10. Now set up your laptop or whatever within connecting distance of the range extender.
It took me about a long time to work this all out, and I have made these notes in case I ever have to do it again! It might sound discouraging, but if you follow these instructions it shouldn't take you more than 20 minutes to set up the range extender. Tony