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9100EM and WRE54G

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Registered: ‎09-03-2009

9100EM and WRE54G

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I have the westell 9100EM modem/router, and bought a linksys wre54g to try to increase the range. However, I simply cannot get the wre54g to work. If i use the setup CD, it always fails with the message "cannot associate with this ap in repeater mode". I also tried to do it manually by going to The default gateway shows when I reset. Everytime I set it to and save the setting, 240 drops off the network. If i leave that alone, and put my wireless network's information in, the device also drops off the network. Has anyone had any experience with it? Any walkthrough or tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.




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Registered: ‎07-10-2009

Re: 9100EM and WRE54G

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Change wre54g to instead of the defaulted range .240 and let me know if that helps.  If not 


 1. reset the unit (push the reset button for 30 seconds with a large paper clip) 2. plug the WRE54G into a wall socket but do not connect it to the network with a network cable. 3. Use the CD software. 4. If the software finds your existing network that you want to connect to, say yes. If it finds the WRE only say no and try again. Eventually after several cycles like this it will find both. (If not reset the WRE again and try again). 5. Eventually you will have chosen your existing network and it will have found the WRE (with the very long default name). 6. Select MANUAL setup. 7. Give the WRE the same SSID as the existing network. 8. Give the WRE the same security method (WEP for example) and the passphrase you used for the existing network. 9. finally there will be this box that counts to 100% and then dissappears. Wait awhile. Sometimes nothing happens for 5 minutes. If and when the "Congratulations" box shows up and the two lights on the WRE are blue you are all set. If this does not come up you may have to reset the WRE and try again.

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Posts: 2
Registered: ‎09-03-2009

Re: 9100EM and WRE54G

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My LAN is using 192.168.1.x, and the 9100em is on


should I still change the wre54g to 192.168.0.x?

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Registered: ‎09-24-2008

Re: 9100EM and WRE54G

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Yes, please do..

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