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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product!, 23 Sep 2009
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We live in a concrete-framed house with the main wireless router upstairs. The steel mesh in the floors severely attenuates the signal and getting a connection downstairs used to be very unreliable. I installed this EdiMax access point in its universal repeater mode and put it downstairs on top of a cupboard directly below the router. It receives the signal from the router (through the floor) and then re-broadcasts it to the computers downstairs with no wiring required (apart from plugging the mains adapter into a nearby socket). Setting it up in this mode was not entirely straightforward, but the resulting signal strength is excellent and we now have full-strength access from anywhere in the house.

The booklet did not include instructions for repeater mode, but the PDF manual on the CD is fairly comprehensive, although it doesn't have step-by-step instructions for repeater mode. They might take a bit of figuring out if you're not familiar with IP addresses, subnets, etc., so here's what I did:

1. Change your computer's IP address so you are on the same subnet as the access point, then log in to it (detailed instructions are provided for this part). Don't forget to make a note of the previous settings so that you can set it back again afterwards.

2. In Basic Settings, select Universal Repeater mode, set your MAIN ESSID to something meaningful (like "EdiMax Repeater"), then click "Select Site Survey" to locate your main router's signal.

3. Select your main router (there may be neighbouring routers listed too) and click "Connection". Now click "Apply" to save the settings.

4. Go into System Utility and change the IP address of the access point (see * below) to match you main network. Once you have done this you'll lose connection to the access point until you change your computer's IP setting back to what it was originally.

5. You can now reconnect to the access point using the new settings. If you can't reconnect, you can reset the access point to its original address by holding the reset button for 10 seconds and then you can start all over again.

6. The access point is unsecured by default, so you will need to configure its security mode as detailed in the manual. You'll then need to reconnect your computers using the new security code.

* To choose an IP address for the access point you need to make the first three numbers the same as your main router's address and the last number different from anything else on your network. If your router allocates IP addresses automatically (by DHCP) you will need to avoid whatever range it uses. In my case the router was on and the DHCP range was to So I chose for the access point.
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Initial post: 6 Oct 2009 16:31:49 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Oct 2009 13:02:07 BDT
Iain says:
Thanks Steve. You are right, the supplied documentation is not sufficiently detailed to set up the device in Universal Repeater mode. But on the Edimax UK website they have added (under "support" for EW-7416APn) a new PDF document which is explicitly for Universal Repeater setup. Importantly it is quite clear about when to attach the Repeater to the Base AP via an Ethernet cable and when to connect it to the computer via Ethernet. I must say that, even if you follow their instructions to the letter, the procedure does't, every time, work. But it is correct, and with persistence, will deliver the goods.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2009 14:46:48 GMT
Thanks guys, agree entirely, the key is to have exactly the same channel (turn auto select channel off on your main router - if you have the option), same security setting (dont use WPA2 mixed use WPA2 PSK AES) and same password on both. Took around 4 hours to get working but now getting 15mb connection speed on Virginmedia 20Mb with superb coverage.

Posted on 13 Nov 2009 01:31:30 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Nov 2009 01:31:48 GMT
baroquedub says:
A huge thank you to Steve, Iain and A.Darlington for providing the missing manual on this great little product.

The new PDF document from the Edimax UK website definitely helps but the additional advice was also a life saver.

Thanks guys!

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2009 19:19:03 GMT
AC says:
I've just had a frustrating time trying to get this to act as Universal Repeater, and finally succeeded mostly thanks to Steve's post, and no thanks to Edimax's documentation. Steve's post takes you through the first part and giving the edimax a suitable IP address. Darlington's post shows that you need to set the Security on the edimax to the same as on the base router. On your workstation, connect to the edimax SSID, and if you've specified DHCP on the workstation, you'll be assigned the necessary addresses from the base station.

If you prefer a fixed IP address, then specify the base station as your gateway and maybe also the DNS server, depending on your set-up.

In other words, once you've got the edimax set up, everything other than the edimax SSID is for the base station.

Posted on 19 Dec 2009 15:34:12 GMT
Dr. J. Brown says:
I'd just like to add a huge thankyou to all of the comments above but especially to Steve! I bought this product on the strength of his review. I would never have got this working on my own but by following his detailed instructions I got it working. For the first time we have a signal everywhere in the house. It's a great product. The manufacturers should print this entire comment page off and include it in the box.Edimax EW-7416APN Wireless 802.11n Access Point ¿ Range extender

Posted on 2 Jan 2010 02:29:24 GMT
From all the comments I've read so far, this really seems like a good product to work as a range extender. However, I'd just like to ask you something to make it clear: Am I able to keep WAP and/or WAP2 Security enabled with this Edimax range extender or do I have to disable it? I'm asking this because I recently purchased a Belkin G Range Extender and it would only get my router's signal if Security was disabled... Of course I took it back to the store, as I'm not interested in providing my neighbours with a free wireless internet connection...

Posted on 6 Jan 2010 21:44:43 GMT
Nick Staib says:
Awesome instructions - thanks - got it all working. Now I just need to set up the protection before too many local free-loaders take advantage of me!

Posted on 3 Feb 2010 20:20:25 GMT
N. R. Brown says:
Please help how do you find the range of your IP adress, i seem to have followed your instructions and the edimax box has full signal but i can only connect with limited connectivity and the internet isnt working. is this due to incorrectly entering the IP address i made??
Thanks for any help!

Posted on 27 May 2010 09:50:22 BDT
D. Gee says:
Thanks your instructions are clearer than the manual.

Posted on 11 Jul 2010 10:35:19 BDT
It's all been said, just like to add a big Thank You, Steve.
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