Diamond Dual-Band 2.4GHz/5.0GHz Wireless 802.11n Range Extender ReviewBluePanda - July 31, 2014
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Diamond Dual-Band 2.4GHz/5.0GHz Wireless 802.11n Range Extender Setup and Testing:
Setup for the Diamond Dual-Band Wireless Extender is rather simple and quick right out of the box. For me, it worked first try; but the quick start guide does have some helpful tips in case it doesn't for you. The directions are also in full color with actual images from Windows 7 to help you on your way.
After plugging the device in the wall, I found it a bit of a stretch to reach the Ethernet port on the back of my computer. Perhaps you have a few less things plugged in behind your desk and won't have trouble with the provided 3-foot cable – for me, I had to bring my power strip closer. Not a big problem, but just know you need to be somewhere you can connect your laptop or some computer to it when you plug it into the wall for the first time. After that, you can simply type in the IP address provided in the instruction to your browser: 10.0.10.254. If it is working correctly, you will connect to something that looks like the image below. If it doesn't load, there are some helpful steps provided to get you going.
After clicking on the blue arrow next to the network of choice – in my case Internets – I was able to set up the network extension appropriately. The default settings were correct for my setup. I entered the network password into the "WPA Passphrase box" and clicked apply.
As settings were being written, the window grayed and a little indicator showed up while it worked. It didn't have much of a progress bar, but it did update with new phrases to indicate where it was in the process. The final step lets you know it is about done, and to wait patiently for the device to reboot.
Once it is done it comes back with a new screen. This one tells you simply that it is indeed connected, and to what access point it is connected to (in case you have more than one). While connected to your machine, you can also see who/what is connected directly to it.
That's it; setup is complete and you can unplug it to go plug into a more appropriate location of the house. My devices saw it on the network with options for both the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz frequencies. Below is a shot from my phone, a Moto X. My husband's older Droid Razer M saw it right away as well – even tried the WPS with his (worked perfect). My ASUS T100 tablet/notebook even saw it without any trouble as well. Honestly, it's just like another wireless point in the house. Anything wireless should see it just fine.