How to Use an Old Linksys Router as a Range Extender

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How to Use an Old Linksys Router as a Range Extender
A second router doubles the size of your network. (Ethernet crossover cable image by lefebvre_jonathan from

Linksys routers offer a range of approximately 30 feet of usable wireless Internet connection. In large homes, the limitation in range could present a problem for wireless users on the second floor or for those who like to use their Internet connection while outside of the home. Converting an old Linksys router into a range extender doubles the usable range of wireless Internet, thus allowing users the ability to use the Internet in just about any location in the home.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Pin
  • Ethernet cable

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    Measure the distance between your current router and the location where you want to place the second router. Because each router can broadcast in a range of 30 feet, place the second router within 60 feet of the first. This allows the network Wi-Fi to overlap, thus preventing any "dead-spots" in your network. Purchase an Ethernet cable that allows you to tether the two routers together.

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    Plug in the old router and put a pin into the reset hole located on the back of the router. Hold the pin into the reset hole until the router reboots. This sets the router back to the factory settings and removes any setting changes that could prevent it from working as a range extender. Unplug the router once completed.

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    Plug the old Linksys router into a laptop or desktop computer via an Ethernet cable. To do so, plug one end of the Ethernet cable into a LAN port located on the back of the router and plug the other end of the cable into the Ethernet port located on the back of the computer. If using a laptop, the port is located on the side.

  4. 4

    Access the router settings so you can disable the DHCP server located inside of the router. Open a web page and enter into the web address bar on the browser. When prompted for a username and password, enter "admin" for the username and leave the password blank.

  5. 5

    Look for the section of the router settings titled, "Network Setup." To locate it, click on "SetUp" and then "Basic Setup." Scroll to the bottom of the page.

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    Look for the radio buttons next to "Local DHCP Server" and click on the radio button next to "Disable." Click on "Save Settings" to update the router. The DHCP server is disabled. This allows you to use two routers in your network without any errors.

  7. 7

    Disconnect the Ethernet cable from the Router's LAN port and from the Ethernet port on the computer.

  8. 8

    Plug the Ethernet cable into the LAN port located on your main router and then plug the other end of the cable into the WAN port located on the old router you want to use an a range extender. Plug the old router into a power outlet and wait for it to boot up.

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