If you have a large home or dead spots then use your spare router as a range extender. Instead of throwing an old Linksys router, set it up as a wifi repeater. By doing this, you can connect more than one computer to your network and increase the range of the network. This article guides you on how to configure Linksys router as repeater. You can use an old router as repeater to boost the wireless signals beyond the reach of your current router.

How to Configure Linksys Router as Repeater?

Here are the instructions for the Linksys router repeater mode:

Reset the Linksys router

First of all, reset the Linksys router to avoid any complications. To reset the Linksys router, look for the reset button on the back panel of the router. Make sure the Linksys device is powered on. Press and hold the reset button with a paper clip until the light flashes. Release the reset button on the Linksys router and wait for the router to restart. All the settings have been reset to the factory defaults.

Connect the Linksys router to the computer

Take an Ethernet cable and connect it from the computer to the LAN port of the router.

Log into the Linksys router

Launch a browser and visit the default IP address 192.168.1.1 of the router. When prompted, enter the username and password on the Linksys login page. You can find the default login details on the back panel of the router. Jump to the next step to configure Linksys router as repeater.

Access the Linksys router setup page

Once you click the ‘Login’ button, it redirects you to the router’s configuration page. On the ‘Basic setup’ page and disable the DHCP server. This can prevent the router from routing IP addresses to the device on the network. You should turn off the DHCP server on the router to avoid connection issues.

Change the Linksys router default IP address 

To set up Linksys router repeater mode, change the IP address of the second router if the main router has the same IP address. If both the routers are Linksys router, then the IP address should be different for both routers to avoid the conflicts.

Configure the Linksys settings

Configure the wireless settings of the Linksys router if you want to use Linksys router as repeater. Click the ‘Wireless’ settings. Now, change the SSID on the second router. The network SSID of this router should be the same as the network SSID of the main router. Click the ‘Wireless Security’ and set up the wireless encryption key to keep your home network secure. Click ‘Update Settings’ and save changes.

Disconnect the Ethernet cable from the second router as well as from the computer. Now, connect the Ethernet cable from the LAN port on the back of the main router to the WAN port of the router that you converted into a repeater.

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