Linksys is one of the most common names in wireless router technology. Although they started out as an individual company in 1995, they were acquired by Cisco in 2003. The Linksys RE1000 Wi-Fi booster still carries the Linksys name, but some versions will say Cisco instead.

The Linksys RE1000 Wi-Fi booster is not a router; you will need a B, G or N wireless router to use the product. As a wireless-N device, the RE1000 is equipped with the latest in internet technology, but it is backwards compatible and should work with your current wireless network. In fact, if your current network’s data rate is 300 Mbps, this wireless repeater can harness that signal and rebound the same data speed through your home or office.

One Ethernet port on the bottom of the unit allows for a quick plug-and-play installation to your current wireless network. Once the Wi-Fi booster is connected to your network you can use this port to connect wired devices. When in use, the Ethernet port has a green indicator light that will illuminate. Next to the port you will see a reset button and an automatic setup button. To connect the Wi-Fi booster to your network, press the setup button after installing the device’s software onto your network. To reset the unit back to its factory defaults, press and hold the button for eight seconds.

The Wi-Fi booster’s small size (9.625 x 6.25 x 3.25 inches) makes the unit easy to house on a desk or connected directly into a wall outlet. There is an included power cord or the back easily converts into a plug-in. European models of the RE1000 have an on and off button, but if you purchase in the States, this option is not available. You also cannot access the wireless range extenders remotely.

Our research of the best Wi-Fi boosters on the market leads us to many sources. Each location where we searched, Linksys support seemed to have a footprint there. If a user posted an unhappy review, Linksys support was there with a potential solution to their problem and a request to contact them. We have to say, this response impressed us. Linksys seems bent on making sure their consumers love their products.

This same customer-centered attitude oozes from their website as well. A support link at the top of the page leads you to several support options. You can access user forums where other owners of the RE1000 are discussing installation and configuration issues. You can also read up on FAQs, browse quick troubleshooting steps or chat live with a support technician. For further support, an email address and phone number are also listed. All Linksys products come with a one-year warranty.

Linksys RE1000 Summary:
8.1/10

The Linksys RE1000 is an ideal solution to a home or office riddled with internet dead zones. Its small size makes it easy to plug into a discreetly located wall outlet while rebounding and repeating your current wireless network’s signal across those dead zones. Just be aware that the U.S. model is missing a few features and it only has one Ethernet port.

 
 
 

Linksys RE1000

Pros
Linksys has excellent customer support options.

Cons
There is only one Ethernet port on the unit.

The Verdict
: 8.05/10

If you need to discreetly improve your home or office’s wireless network, the RE1000’s small size is a perfect solution.