Linksys WRT1200AC Router & RE6700 Extender Review
Setup and Installation
It came as no surprise that the WRT1200AC’s installation procedure is a near duplicate of the WRT1900’s. This is not a bad thing as Linksys has decade’s worth of experience in designing consumer-orientated routers and making as painless and straightforward an installation procedure as possible.
To begin simply plug in the router, attach the various cables, and simply type “linksyssmartwifi.com” or “myrouter.local” or just “192.168.1.1” into a web browser. Doing any of these this will allow the router to walk you through the quick and painless setup procedure which has been automated as much possible and requires very little user input.
Just be aware that the time involved with setting the WRT1200AC will vary greatly based on how much of the defaults you decide to customize. If you want to use custom options for either or both networks it will take a bit longer, but even then the installation wizard will walk you through the process with as little hassle as possible.
When the wizard is finished you will be left with two fully functioning networks and all that will be left to do is either start using your basic 802.11N and 802.11AC functionality or customizing the more advanced features – neither of which can be done via the wizard.
If you do use more advanced features, configuring them should only take a few moments via the actual user interface as Linksys has opted for their easy to use, easy to navigate and highly intuitive interface that comes standard with all WRT models. We will get into the various features this router has to offer and the list is rather long and detailed.
RE6700 Setup & Installation
If anything, the RE6700’s setup procedure is even easier due to its mass-market target audience, but does it follow the same broad and general principles. Simply plug in the extended to any power outlet, wirelessly connect to the network listed as “Linksys Extender Setup” and type in extender.linksys.com in your web browser. This allows your system to talk directly to the extender and it grants the built-in setup wizard the ability to walk you through the entire process.
The first thing you will be asked to do is chose which 2.4 and 5.0GHz networks you wish to extend. It will scan the network and list them, but if SSID broadcast has been turned off you can manually type it in. Once that is complete security credentials for those networks need to be input and the new extended version of the networks will need to be named. Giving them separate names gives users the option to utilize whichever gives the best signal at any time; either the original source router or the RE6700.
After this, it’s simply a matter of disconnecting the computer from the existing wireless network and connecting to the newly formed extended network. Both your original and extended networks will show up in windows and you connect to either as you originally would.