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Setup

I bemoaned the Linksys WUMC710's annoying setup process, noting that newer bridges are much easier. Well, the WNCE4004 is one of the newer breed that don't make you jump through hoops (or futz with your device's IP settings) to get it set up.

Everything you need to know is printed on the label on its bottom panel, although in teeny-tiny type that people of a certain age may need a magnifier to read (ahem). As long as your device is set to receive its IP address information via DHCP (and most are by default) you'll be up in a jiffy.

Just power up the WNCE4004, wait for its Link light to blink green, aim your browser at http://www.mywifiext.net and follow the instructions on the starting screen seen below. Alternatively, you can push the WPS button on the bridge and your router and get connected.

Setup Wizard start

Setup Wizard start

I've put screenshots of the other setup and admin screens in the gallery below.

Features

The WNCE4004 functions only as a wireless bridge, not an AP and not a repeater. So the feature set is pretty simple:

  • Static and dynamic IP for bridge IP
  • WEP, WPA / WPA2 Personal wireless security
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) pushbutton
  • Wireless Network Site survey

Note that admin access is HTTP only, no HTTPS. One of my pet peeves with bridges is that some don't show both the link rate and signal strength of the connection. Unfortunately, the WNCE4004 shows only link rate in its Status screen.

Status screen

Status screen

Same thing in the Statistics screen, unfortunately.

Statistics screen

Statistics screen

The only time you see signal strength is in the network scan results screen in the setup wizard.

Network scan result

Network scan result

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