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Linksys WRE54G review

£59 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Linksys

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

Linksys' Wi-Fi extender is an elegant slim box designed to be hung on the wall, high up preferably.

Linksys' Wi-Fi extender is an elegant slim box designed to be hung on the wall, high up preferably.

It's a wireless extender and so takes the signal from your existing router and rebroadcasts or repeats the signal. Recent firmware bestowed WPA wireless security on this device which was beginning to show its age.

Talking of which, if you're mad enough to run an unprotected wireless network, setting up the Linksys WRE54G couldn't be simpler – you press the auto-configure button on the side and when both the link and activity status LEDs turn blue you're in business.

If you run a secure Wi-Fi network you need to temporarily hook up an Ethernet cable to it (the port is hidden away under a flap) and run the setup wizard on the installation CD.

Bizarrely, it could not detect the Linksys WRE54G, despite being directly connected to it and so we had to resort to manually setting up, via the device's web interface.

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Linksys WRE54G Expert Verdict »
Linksys by Cisco WRE54G Scores 5.8 out of 10 based on 14 reviews
Wireless Ethernet: 11Mbps IEEE802.11b, Wireless Ethernet: 54Mbps IEEE802.11g
128-bit encryption, 64-bit encryption
range extender
requires Microsoft Windows 2000/XP
Frequency Band: 2.4GHz
81x210x45mm
250g
3-year warranty
  • Build Quality: We give this item 6 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 5 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

Solid without being inspiring, the Linksys WRE54G is a decent WiFi extender. There are cheaper alternatives, however.

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