In This Guide
You'll Learn:
  • How to use your Linksys Range Extender.
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Make sure your device is connected to your Range Extender via its Wi-Fi network, or physically using an ethernet cable before continuing.
  1. Open your preferred web browser.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. In the address bar at the top, enter extender.linksys.com and press Enter or Return.
    Chrome address bar with address entered and highlighted.
  3. Enter the password you set for your range extender, and select Login.
    Range Extender login with Password field and Login button highlighted
  4. Select Basic Settings on the left.
    Range Extender menu with Basic Settings highlighted.
  5. On the right, scroll down to show the 2.4 Ghz + 5 GHz Extended Wireless Settings. You will see the Network Name and Password listed.
    Extended Network settings with Network Name and Password highlighted.
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 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.
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.
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.

There are three status lights for your Range Extender.

Main Light

This is the light directly on the top front of your Range Extender.

Status light highlighted.

Off
OffRange Extender isn't getting power, or is turned off.
Solid Green
GreenTurned on, with good signal strength.
Blinking Green
Blinking GreenBooting up or updating firmware.
Blinking Orange
Blinking OrangeReady for setup or not connected.
Solid Orange
OrangeSignal is weak from your router to the Range Extender. Move the Range Extender closer to the router.

WPS Light

The WPS light is on the side of the Range Extender.

Side of Range Extender with WPS button highlighted.

Solid Orange
OrangeYour Range Extender is trying to make a WPS connection to your Router.
Off
OffWPS wasn't able to connect, or isn't being used.

Ethernet Ports

Each Ethernet port on the back of your Range Extender has a small light.

Back of Range Extender with Ethernet Ports highlighted.

Off
OffNo cable is connected, or the device can't be found over the Ethernet cable.
Solid Green
GreenThe connection to the other device is good.
Blinking Green
Blinking GreenData is going over the connection.

You can check the status of your Linksys RE9000 Range Extender in two ways:

  • On the device
  • On a computer or mobile device with a web browser

The type and amount of network related information that you get depends on which method you use.

On Your Range Extender

  1. Check the indicator light on the front of the range extender:
    Linksys RE9000 with idicator light highlighted
    Off
    OffRange Extender isn't getting power, or is turned off.
    Solid Green
    GreenTurned on, with good signal strength.
    Blinking Green
    Blinking GreenBooting up or updating firmware.
    Blinking Orange
    Blinking OrangeReady for setup or not connected.
    Solid Orange
    OrangeSignal is weak from your router to the Range Extender. Move the Range Extender closer to the router.

On Your Computer

  1. Launch the web browser that you use to surf the web.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. Navigate to one of the following addresses:
    • http://extender.linksys.com
      Address bar with http://extender.linksys.com entered
    • If you know the IP address assigned to your range extender you can enter that instead.
      Address bar with example ip address of extender entered

      This is an example IP address and will likely not match the one your range extender has.

  3. Enter the password when requested.

    The default password is "admin".

    Range Extender login with Password field and Login button highlighted
  4. Under Wireless, click on Basic Settings.
    Range Extender menu with Basic Settings highlighted.
  5. Your network status will be displayed here.
    Range Extender Basic Settings with connection status highlighted.
  6. The status will show the range extender's connection to the router.

Finding the most optimal location for your Range Extender in your home is important for both maximizing your signal range and wireless coverage. The light on top of your Range Extender will help you locate a good position.

Move Closer or Further Away
OrangeWhen the light is orange, the signal is too weak or too strong to the Range Extender. Move it closer or farther from your router.
Good Location
GreenA green light indicates the Range Extender is in a good location.

You can move your Range Extender from outlet to outlet using the light to determine the best place in your home.

In general, you want your Range Extender at least six feet away from your router. At most, you want it half-way between where your router is, and where you want the signal to reach. Finding and testing multiple locations may be necessary if wireless interference is a factor within your home.

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