linksys WRE54G range extender compatablility with BEFW11S4

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by ebear, Jun 8, 2005.

  1. ebear

    ebear Network Guru Member

    I just purchased a linksys WRE54G range extender and tried to connect it to a Linksys Broadband router BEFW11S4. No matter what I try, it will not connect. I contacted tech support and they advised me to return the extender, which supposedly is Ver.1 and purchase a Ver.2. that would be compatable with the BEFW11S4. My question: Is there any other way, like updating the firmware on the BEFW11S4 and did anyone else have the same type of problem?? Thanks in advance for any help.
  2. windsurfer

    windsurfer Network Guru Member

    Do a google search on the BEF11S4 with the word "problems" in the search. You will find much more than you will every want to read.

    I have found that it is not compatible with the WRT54G in client mode. This may be software dependent but I tried 3 or 4 of the current versions and they did not work.

    A better way to extend the range would be building or purchase an antenna. I would need to know about what you are trying to do before any specific recommendation could be made.

  3. ebear

    ebear Network Guru Member

    Thanks windsurfer

    This is my situation. I have DSL in the basement with the Wireless router. I want the extender on the second floor, since the computer is on the 3rd flr. I thought the Linksys extender would have been compatable and extended the signal, but I just can't get it to work. Maybe an antenna would be the best remedy or maybe buying a new Router(WRT54GS) ?? What do you think?
  4. HiSpeed

    HiSpeed Network Guru Member


    From my understanding, you need to have a Linksys AP supporting WDS (Wireless Distribution System) which means a firmware with a menu to put the MAC Address of WRE !
  5. windsurfer

    windsurfer Network Guru Member

    A simple thing to try would be to build a Can Antenna. You would need to purchase an "N" connector and look up the instructions on the internet. You would also have to purchase a cable to fit your BEFW11S4. The "N" connector is $5 and the cable is about $15 so the total is about $20. You can find the cable on ebay. You would point this towards your other computer on the third floor. The Can Antenna, if built right, will give you about 12db of gain.

    The cost is about 50% of what a new, after rebate, WRT54G would cost. The WRT54G has a MUCH stronger siganl than the BEFW11S4. Mine will barely get the signal outside my house but my WRT54G will connect to my laptop across the street.

    I have a friend who was having trouble getting signal to his second floor and he switched to a WRT54G and now it all woks fine.

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