How to Set Up a Linksys RE9000 AC3000 WiFi Repeater

Introduction

In This Guide
You'll Learn How To:
  • Set up your Linksys RE9000 Wi-Fi Range Extender.
Before We Begin:
  • Have your home Wi-Fi network name and password.
  • Be at your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
Linksys

1 Connect

  1. Place your range extender about half-way between your Router, and the Wi-Fi devices you're having trouble with.
  2. Connect the power cable to the back of your range extender.
    Back of Range Extender with power port highlighted.
  3. Plug the power cable into the wall.
    Plug into outlet.
  4. If you are using an Ethernet connection for a nearby device, connect the cable now to any of the four available ports.
    Back of Range Extender with Ethernet ports highlighted.
  5. Wait till the indicator light on the top front of the unit to flash orange, indicating it's ready to setup.
    Flashing orange light
    Indicator light on top of Range Extender.

? What kind of device are you using to setup your Range Extender?

  1. Desktop
  2. Laptop
  3. Tablet
  4. Smartphone

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In This Guide
You'll Learn How To:
  • Set up your Linksys RE9000 Wi-Fi Range Extender.
Before We Begin:
  • Have your home Wi-Fi network name and password.
  • Be at your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
Linksys
  1. Place your range extender about half-way between your Router, and the Wi-Fi devices you're having trouble with.
  2. Connect the power cable to the back of your range extender.
    Back of Range Extender with power port highlighted.
  3. Plug the power cable into the wall.
    Plug into outlet.
  4. If you are using an Ethernet connection for a nearby device, connect the cable now to any of the four available ports.
    Back of Range Extender with Ethernet ports highlighted.
  5. Wait till the indicator light on the top front of the unit to flash orange, indicating it's ready to setup.
    Flashing orange light
    Indicator light on top of Range Extender.

There are 2 main Operating Systems for personal computers currently available, Windows and macOS.

Windows
Windows runs on computers produced by multiple companies, such as Lenovo, Asus, Dell, Toshiba, Hewlett Packard, Acer, and Sony.Windows 10
macOS
Apple is the only company that makes macOS computers.macOS Mojave

A wired connection is provided by an Ethernet cable. Most commonly, these are used by desktop computers and other equipment you don't move around often.

Ethernet cable plugged into device

If you don't connect a cable between your computer and your Range Extender, you are using a Wireless connection.

  1. Open your preferred browser.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. In the Address bar, type in extender.linksys.com and press Enter or Return.
    Chrome address bar with address filled in and highlighted.
  3. Read the End User License Agreement carefully, then place a checkmark next to it to indicate you accept it. Place a check next to Automatic Software Updates so you don't have to worry about updating the device in the future. Then, select Start Setup.
    Welcome screen with EULA checkbox Automatic Updates checkbox and Start Setup button highlighted.
  4. You'll be asked how you want to use your Range Extender. The normal way is to use the device to receive Wi-Fi and relay the connection to devices further away from your router than the router can reach. Select Next under "As a wireless range extender" to continue.
    Range extender configuration type with Next highlighted for Range Extender.
  5. Select your home Wi-Fi connection from the list.
    Select Wi-Fi connection
  6. Enter your Wi-Fi password for your home Wi-Fi connection, then select Next.
    Wi-Fi password entry with password field and next button highlighted.
  7. You'll be asked to select a name for your extended network. Normally it will use your home network's name, with "_Ext" at the end. Enter a password for the Wi-Fi network coming from your range extender, then select Next.
    Extended Network setup with Network Name Password and Next button highlighted.

    You can set the password on your extended network to be the same as your main Wi-Fi Network, so you don't have to remember extra passwords. 

  8. You may be shown a screen letting you know if your Range Extender is too far or too close. We will take care of moving the extender after we're done setting it up. Select Connect anyway.
    Range extender location check with Connect Anyway highlighted.
  9. You'll be asked for an admin password. This password is used to make changes to the setup of your Range Extender in the future. Create a password, enter it twice, then select Save.
    Range extender admin password creation with password fields and save button highlighted.

    This password won't be used for connecting to your device, only for setting up the Range Extender itself. Make this password something you will remember, but is hard for others to guess.

  10. You'll be asked to register your new Range Extender. Enter your Email address, then select Next.
    Register Range Extender with email address and Next button highlighted.
  11. Your range extender will restart with the information and settings you've given it. Then, you'll be asked to connect to your range extender to continue.
    Connect to range extender network prompt.
  1. Return to your browser.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. After a few moments, the Next button will turn blue. Select Next.
    Complete setup with Next highlighted.
  3. Your Range Extender is fully setup! A final screen will display with all the settings and information about your range extender.
    Setup complete with settings displayed.

    It is highly recommended to write down or print out this information, so you have it when you need to connect your other Wi-Fi devices to the network!

Once fully setup, you can relocate your Range Extender to an ideal location in your home. Simply plug it in in the new location; it will save all the settings you entered and be operational a few minutes after you plug it in.

When placing your range extender, there's a couple things to consider:

  • At least six feet from your router.
  • About half way between your router, and the devices having problems with their Wi-Fi connection.

Visual Example

Without Range Extender
Without Range Extender
Range Extender In A Good Location
With Range Extender
Windows 10 may show slightly different options, but the steps should be similar across all versions of Windows 10.
  1. Select the Network icon in the bottom right.
    Windows 10 System Tray area of task bar with network icon highlighted.
  2. Select the Linksys Extender Setup from the list.
    Windows 10 Wi-Fi Network list with Linksys Extender Setup highlighted.
  3. Select Connect.
    Connect prompt with Connect highlighted.
The network is unsecured; this is normal. You will be using it to set up the device only. After, you will be using the device over a secured wireless connection.
  1. Open your preferred browser.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. In the Address bar, type in extender.linksys.com and press Enter or Return.
    Chrome address bar with address filled in and highlighted.
  3. Read the End User License Agreement carefully, then place a checkmark next to it to indicate you accept it. Place a check next to Automatic Software Updates so you don't have to worry about updating the device in the future. Then, select Start Setup.
    Welcome screen with EULA checkbox Automatic Updates checkbox and Start Setup button highlighted.
  4. You'll be asked how you want to use your Range Extender. The normal way is to use the device to receive Wi-Fi and relay the connection to devices further away from your router than the router can reach. Select Next under "As a wireless range extender" to continue.
    Range extender configuration type with Next highlighted for Range Extender.
  5. Select your home Wi-Fi connection from the list.
    Select Wi-Fi connection
  6. Enter your Wi-Fi password for your home Wi-Fi connection, then select Next.
    Wi-Fi password entry with password field and next button highlighted.
  7. You'll be asked to select a name for your extended network. Normally it will use your home network's name, with "_Ext" at the end. Enter a password for the Wi-Fi network coming from your range extender, then select Next.
    Extended Network setup with Network Name Password and Next button highlighted.

    You can set the password on your extended network to be the same as your main Wi-Fi Network, so you don't have to remember extra passwords. 

  8. You may be shown a screen letting you know if your Range Extender is too far or too close. We will take care of moving the extender after we're done setting it up. Select Connect anyway.
    Range extender location check with Connect Anyway highlighted.
  9. You'll be asked for an admin password. This password is used to make changes to the setup of your Range Extender in the future. Create a password, enter it twice, then select Save.
    Range extender admin password creation with password fields and save button highlighted.

    This password won't be used for connecting to your device, only for setting up the Range Extender itself. Make this password something you will remember, but is hard for others to guess.

  10. You'll be asked to register your new Range Extender. Enter your Email address, then select Next.
    Register Range Extender with email address and Next button highlighted.
  11. Your range extender will restart with the information and settings you've given it. Then, you'll be asked to connect to your range extender to continue.
    Connect to range extender network prompt.
Windows 10 may show slightly different options, but the steps should be similar across all versions of Windows 10.
  1. Select the Network icon in the bottom right.
    Windows 10 System Tray area of task bar with network icon highlighted.
  2. Select the the network name you setup during the extender setup.
    Windows Wi-Fi connections with extender network highlighted.
  3. Select Connect.
    Connecting to extended network.
If you're asked for a password, it's the one you just setup on your range extender.

A wired connection is provided by an Ethernet cable. Most commonly, these are used by desktop computers and other equipment you don't move around often.

Ethernet cable plugged into device

If you don't connect a cable between your computer and your Range Extender, you are using a Wireless connection.

  1. Open your preferred browser.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. In the Address bar, type in extender.linksys.com and press Enter or Return.
    Chrome address bar with address filled in and highlighted.
  3. Read the End User License Agreement carefully, then place a checkmark next to it to indicate you accept it. Place a check next to Automatic Software Updates so you don't have to worry about updating the device in the future. Then, select Start Setup.
    Welcome screen with EULA checkbox Automatic Updates checkbox and Start Setup button highlighted.
  4. You'll be asked how you want to use your Range Extender. The normal way is to use the device to receive Wi-Fi and relay the connection to devices further away from your router than the router can reach. Select Next under "As a wireless range extender" to continue.
    Range extender configuration type with Next highlighted for Range Extender.
  5. Select your home Wi-Fi connection from the list.
    Select Wi-Fi connection
  6. Enter your Wi-Fi password for your home Wi-Fi connection, then select Next.
    Wi-Fi password entry with password field and next button highlighted.
  7. You'll be asked to select a name for your extended network. Normally it will use your home network's name, with "_Ext" at the end. Enter a password for the Wi-Fi network coming from your range extender, then select Next.
    Extended Network setup with Network Name Password and Next button highlighted.

    You can set the password on your extended network to be the same as your main Wi-Fi Network, so you don't have to remember extra passwords. 

  8. You may be shown a screen letting you know if your Range Extender is too far or too close. We will take care of moving the extender after we're done setting it up. Select Connect anyway.
    Range extender location check with Connect Anyway highlighted.
  9. You'll be asked for an admin password. This password is used to make changes to the setup of your Range Extender in the future. Create a password, enter it twice, then select Save.
    Range extender admin password creation with password fields and save button highlighted.

    This password won't be used for connecting to your device, only for setting up the Range Extender itself. Make this password something you will remember, but is hard for others to guess.

  10. You'll be asked to register your new Range Extender. Enter your Email address, then select Next.
    Register Range Extender with email address and Next button highlighted.
  11. Your range extender will restart with the information and settings you've given it. Then, you'll be asked to connect to your range extender to continue.
    Connect to range extender network prompt.
macOS may show slightly different options, but the steps should be similar across all versions and themes on macOS.
  1. Select Wi-Fi from the menu bar, then select Linksys Extender Setup.
    macOS Wi-Fi connections with Linksys Extender Setup highlighted.
The network is unsecured; this is normal. You will be using it to set up the device only. After, you will be using the device over a secured wireless connection.
  1. Open your preferred browser.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. In the Address bar, type in extender.linksys.com and press Enter or Return.
    Chrome address bar with address filled in and highlighted.
  3. Read the End User License Agreement carefully, then place a checkmark next to it to indicate you accept it. Place a check next to Automatic Software Updates so you don't have to worry about updating the device in the future. Then, select Start Setup.
    Welcome screen with EULA checkbox Automatic Updates checkbox and Start Setup button highlighted.
  4. You'll be asked how you want to use your Range Extender. The normal way is to use the device to receive Wi-Fi and relay the connection to devices further away from your router than the router can reach. Select Next under "As a wireless range extender" to continue.
    Range extender configuration type with Next highlighted for Range Extender.
  5. Select your home Wi-Fi connection from the list.
    Select Wi-Fi connection
  6. Enter your Wi-Fi password for your home Wi-Fi connection, then select Next.
    Wi-Fi password entry with password field and next button highlighted.
  7. You'll be asked to select a name for your extended network. Normally it will use your home network's name, with "_Ext" at the end. Enter a password for the Wi-Fi network coming from your range extender, then select Next.
    Extended Network setup with Network Name Password and Next button highlighted.

    You can set the password on your extended network to be the same as your main Wi-Fi Network, so you don't have to remember extra passwords. 

  8. You may be shown a screen letting you know if your Range Extender is too far or too close. We will take care of moving the extender after we're done setting it up. Select Connect anyway.
    Range extender location check with Connect Anyway highlighted.
  9. You'll be asked for an admin password. This password is used to make changes to the setup of your Range Extender in the future. Create a password, enter it twice, then select Save.
    Range extender admin password creation with password fields and save button highlighted.

    This password won't be used for connecting to your device, only for setting up the Range Extender itself. Make this password something you will remember, but is hard for others to guess.

  10. You'll be asked to register your new Range Extender. Enter your Email address, then select Next.
    Register Range Extender with email address and Next button highlighted.
  11. Your range extender will restart with the information and settings you've given it. Then, you'll be asked to connect to your range extender to continue.
    Connect to range extender network prompt.
macOS may show slightly different options, but the steps should be similar across all versions and themes on macOS.
  1. Select Wi-Fi from the menu bar, then select the extended network you just setup.
    macOS Wi-Fi list with extended network highlighted.
If you're asked for a password, it's the one you just setup on your range extender.

To continue, we need to know what Operating System your smartphone or tablet has.

There are 2 main Operating Systems for smartphones currently available, Android and iOS.

Android Smartphone
Android smartphones are produced by multiple companies, such as Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony, Nokia, Lenovo, and HTC.Android Home Screen
iOS Smartphone
Apple is the only company that makes iOS smartphones.iOS Home Screen
Depending on your exact device (Smartphone or Tablet), and which generation you have, the menu theme and options might look slightly different on your screen. However, the steps should be similar across all Android devices and generations.
  1. Open Settings.
    Android Settings
  2. Select Wi-Fi.
    Wi-Fi
  3. Select Linksys Extender Setup from the list.
    Android Wi-Fi Settings with network highlighted.
    The network is unsecured; this is normal. You will be using it to set up the device only. After, you will be using the device over a secured wireless connection.
  1. Open your preferred browser.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. In the Address bar, type in extender.linksys.com and press Enter or Return.
    Chrome address bar with address filled in and highlighted.
  3. Read the End User License Agreement carefully, then place a checkmark next to it to indicate you accept it. Place a check next to Automatic Software Updates so you don't have to worry about updating the device in the future. Then, select Start Setup.
    Welcome screen with EULA checkbox Automatic Updates checkbox and Start Setup button highlighted.
  4. You'll be asked how you want to use your Range Extender. The normal way is to use the device to receive Wi-Fi and relay the connection to devices further away from your router than the router can reach. Select Next under "As a wireless range extender" to continue.
    Range extender configuration type with Next highlighted for Range Extender.
  5. Select your home Wi-Fi connection from the list.
    Select Wi-Fi connection
  6. Enter your Wi-Fi password for your home Wi-Fi connection, then select Next.
    Wi-Fi password entry with password field and next button highlighted.
  7. You'll be asked to select a name for your extended network. Normally it will use your home network's name, with "_Ext" at the end. Enter a password for the Wi-Fi network coming from your range extender, then select Next.
    Extended Network setup with Network Name Password and Next button highlighted.

    You can set the password on your extended network to be the same as your main Wi-Fi Network, so you don't have to remember extra passwords. 

  8. You may be shown a screen letting you know if your Range Extender is too far or too close. We will take care of moving the extender after we're done setting it up. Select Connect anyway.
    Range extender location check with Connect Anyway highlighted.
  9. You'll be asked for an admin password. This password is used to make changes to the setup of your Range Extender in the future. Create a password, enter it twice, then select Save.
    Range extender admin password creation with password fields and save button highlighted.

    This password won't be used for connecting to your device, only for setting up the Range Extender itself. Make this password something you will remember, but is hard for others to guess.

  10. You'll be asked to register your new Range Extender. Enter your Email address, then select Next.
    Register Range Extender with email address and Next button highlighted.
  11. Your range extender will restart with the information and settings you've given it. Then, you'll be asked to connect to your range extender to continue.
    Connect to range extender network prompt.
Depending on your exact device (Smartphone or Tablet), and which generation you have, the menu theme and options might look slightly different on your screen. However, the steps should be similar across all Android devices and generations.
  1. Open Settings.
    Android Settings
  2. Select Wi-Fi.
    Wi-Fi
  3. Select your extended network from the list.
    Android Wi-Fi networks with extended network highlighted.
    If you're asked for a password, it's the one you just setup on your range extender.
Depending on your exact device (Smartphone or Tablet), and which generation you have, the menu theme and options might look slightly different on your screen. However, the steps should be similar across all Apple iOS devices and generations.
  1. Open Settings.
    iOS Settings.
  2. Select Wi-Fi.
    iOS Wi-Fi
  3. Select Linksys Extender Setup from the list.
    iOS Wi-Fi settings with network highlighted.
    The network is unsecured; this is normal. You will be using it to set up the device only. After, you will be using the device over a secured wireless connection.
  1. Open your preferred browser.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. In the Address bar, type in extender.linksys.com and press Enter or Return.
    Chrome address bar with address filled in and highlighted.
  3. Read the End User License Agreement carefully, then place a checkmark next to it to indicate you accept it. Place a check next to Automatic Software Updates so you don't have to worry about updating the device in the future. Then, select Start Setup.
    Welcome screen with EULA checkbox Automatic Updates checkbox and Start Setup button highlighted.
  4. You'll be asked how you want to use your Range Extender. The normal way is to use the device to receive Wi-Fi and relay the connection to devices further away from your router than the router can reach. Select Next under "As a wireless range extender" to continue.
    Range extender configuration type with Next highlighted for Range Extender.
  5. Select your home Wi-Fi connection from the list.
    Select Wi-Fi connection
  6. Enter your Wi-Fi password for your home Wi-Fi connection, then select Next.
    Wi-Fi password entry with password field and next button highlighted.
  7. You'll be asked to select a name for your extended network. Normally it will use your home network's name, with "_Ext" at the end. Enter a password for the Wi-Fi network coming from your range extender, then select Next.
    Extended Network setup with Network Name Password and Next button highlighted.

    You can set the password on your extended network to be the same as your main Wi-Fi Network, so you don't have to remember extra passwords. 

  8. You may be shown a screen letting you know if your Range Extender is too far or too close. We will take care of moving the extender after we're done setting it up. Select Connect anyway.
    Range extender location check with Connect Anyway highlighted.
  9. You'll be asked for an admin password. This password is used to make changes to the setup of your Range Extender in the future. Create a password, enter it twice, then select Save.
    Range extender admin password creation with password fields and save button highlighted.

    This password won't be used for connecting to your device, only for setting up the Range Extender itself. Make this password something you will remember, but is hard for others to guess.

  10. You'll be asked to register your new Range Extender. Enter your Email address, then select Next.
    Register Range Extender with email address and Next button highlighted.
  11. Your range extender will restart with the information and settings you've given it. Then, you'll be asked to connect to your range extender to continue.
    Connect to range extender network prompt.
Depending on your exact device (Smartphone or Tablet), and which generation you have, the menu theme and options might look slightly different on your screen. However, the steps should be similar across all Apple iOS devices and generations.
  1. Open Settings.
    iOS Settings.
  2. Select Wi-Fi.
    iOS Wi-Fi
  3. Select the extended network you just setup from the list.
    iOS Wi-Fi list with extended network highlighted.
    If you're asked for a password, it's the one you just setup on your range extender.
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