Need help to better Understand wireless Range Extenders

March 21, 2012 at 09:37:59
Specs: Windows 7
I have my Samsung Blu-Ray DiscPlayer, BD-D5500 30 feet away from my router. It has a wireless Lan that Samsung advises. It also is in a cabinet so a poor signal was expected. Movies was always re-buffering.with it.. A friend gave me a Linksys WRE54G with no instructions. I have a Cisco E3000 Router for 2 other laptops in other rooms.
I blindly connected it, watched for smoke, and looked at my signal bars. They was all setting on 5 lighted bars, so I assume it's working along with the dvd player(just hoping its working) I have not got a re-buffering problem yet. Streaming movies play with no problems. Why would two mis-matched devices work? Do I need to buy a Range Extender that is compatible with my devices?

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March 21, 2012 at 14:19:32
Range extenders don't normally work 'out-of-the-box' because you need to enter the security password that you (hopefully) already have set up on your router and then add another password to the range extender.

30 feet isn't a great distance and I would have thought your main router would have been able to handle this with no problem, so I suspect it's the signal from your main router that you are still picking up, not the extender.

Does your Blu-ray player have built-in wireless, or are you using their annoying, over-priced USB dongle?

If your blu-ray player has a socket for a network cable then you will be far better off ditching the extender and getting a couple of mains 'homeplug' - type network adapters, you will get a much better bandwidth.

Lastly, if you want to stick with the extender you can download the manual for it from the Linksys website.

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March 22, 2012 at 07:43:47
Considering Cisco bought out Linksys and now manufactures all Linksys products I can tell you with certaintly it's not an incompatibility issue between devices.

I highly recommend you do a google search of:

Linksys WRE54G manual

and download it and read it through. This will help you get your extender working.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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