(I.)  Default LED Status and Slide Switch Position 

When power up the Gemini-RE11S, you need to check the LED status before starting the setup.  If the LED status is different from the default, it is very hard for you to follow the Setup Instructions.  Please note that it may take up to 2 minutes for the unit to finish booting up.  Therefore, please be patient!

Here's the default LED status for your reference.

Signal 5GHz
Blinking, i.e. flashing BLUE
Signal 2.4GHz
Blinking, i.e. flashing BLUE
Roaming (Master / Slave)
ON, i.e. solid GREEN

At the panel where the Ethernet port (RJ-45 jack) is located, there is a slide switch to control Wi-Fi power and LEDs.

Switch Position
Normal (5 vertical bars)
Top (default)
100% Wi-Fi power
Green (3 vertical bars)
25% Wi-Fi power
Sleep (OFF)*
Wi-Fi & LEDs are OFF with Ethernet port disabled

*Remark:  Basically, you switch off all the functionalities of the unit when it is put in Sleep Mode.

 (II.)  Reset 

For whatever reasons, you would like to reset the unit back to factory defaults.  You can follow the steps here.  Please note that a reset will erase all your existing settings and you must re-do the setup again.

  • power ON the unit and wait for about 2 minutes or until the Power (h25_4-POWER.png) LED is in solid green
  • press and hold down the WPS button for at least 15 seconds
  • then, release it and wait for another 2 minutes again
  • if everything is alright, unit should be in factory defaults now and you may want to check the Default LED status

In some cases, you cannot successfully reset the unit, i.e. never showing default LED status.  You may want to try the steps below.
  • do the steps above
  • then remove/unplug it from the power source
  • wait for about 15~20 seconds
  • repeat the Reset steps above one more time

 (III.)  Setup as Wi-Fi Extender 

RE11 comes with 2 units inside the box.  It is highly recommended you do the setup one at a time, i.e. not powering up the second unit until you have finished the first one.  It is because both units are broadcasting the same SSID (a.k.a. Network Name) and if you power them up at the same time, it is kind of difficult for you to know which unit you're working on at that moment.

A wireless capable device is needed to do the setup, like laptop, tablet, etc.  You can use your mobile device, like Smartphone but the screen size is a little bit small and you may need to move around a lot.

Information you need to know before setting up the units.

  1. Does your router support single-band (2.4GHz only) or dual-band (2.4GHz & 5GHz)?
  2. What is the Security Key (a.k.a. Network Password) of your WiFi network?

It is highly recommended you do the setup near the area where the main router is located.  After finished the setup and tested the connection, you can then deploy the units to the location where you want them to be.  Here's the steps to do the setup (a Windows 10 laptop is being used.)

 Master Unit Setup 

  • From your Windows system, search a Wi-Fi network named edimaxEXT.setup **, where ** are the last two hexadecimal numbers of one of the two units' MAC address.  Once found, connect to it.  You should be able to find the Security Key (a.k.a. Network Password) at the label on the unit.
  • After connected, open a web browser, like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari
    [ Note:  For Windows 10, try not to use the default Edge browser. ]
  • At the URL Address bar (not Search bar), type in http://edimaxext.setup
  • If everything is OK, you should be at the Get Started page.  Click Get Started button to start the setup process.
  • From Mode Selection page, click YES, I NEED A Wi-Fi EXTENDER button to select Wi-Fi Extender mode.
  • On next page, click Next button to start the Setup Wizard.
  • From Frequency Selection page, you need to pick the frequency for the extender to connect to your main router.  Make sure you select the one that your router is supported.  If you don't know which one to choose, select Enable 2.4GHz.  All wireless routers support 2.4GHz.  Enable 5GHz is selected for this demo setup.
  • From 5GHz Wireless Site Survey page, select your Wi-Fi network from the table and make sure the Signal is at least 40% or higher.  If not, you can't continue the setup and need to move the extender closer.  For a hidden Wi-Fi network (i.e. SSID not broadcasting), select the Setup extender manually checkbox.
  • Now, you need to create the SSID for the extender to use.  Then, input the Security Key of your Wi-Fi network that the extender is going to connect.  Extender is using the exact same Security Key as the main router and it cannot be different.  When finished, click Next button to continue.
  • It will be running Testing wireless connection.  It is trying to verify the Key you just input and establishing a connection.  If the key is correct, it will prompt a message Wireless connection succeeded.  Click Next button to continue.  Otherwise, click Back button to go back and re-enter the Security Key again.
    [ Note:  If it stuck at 100% and not showing any results, make sure you're still connected to the edimaxEXT.setup ** network.  In some cases, your device may switch back to the previous WiFi network during the test.  That's the reason why it couldn't continue. ]
  • On next page, it will ask you to select IP Address scheme.  Default is Obtain an IP address automatically.  If you would like to use a static IP, you can assign it to the unit now or simply keep the default setting.  Click Next button to continue.
  • The configuration is completed now.  It shows you a summary of your setup.  Make sure the settings are what you want.  Then, click Next button to apply the settings and restart the unit for new settings to take effect.
  • The process may take up to two(2) minutes to finish.  Please be patient and wait until you see the Congratulation! message page.
  • Now you can check the LED Status of the unit.
    Signal 5GHz
    Slowly blinking BLUE
    Roaming (Master / Slave)
    ON, i.e. solid GREEN (Master)
    ON, i.e. solid GREEN
    [ Note:  If the Power LED is still blinking, give it a little bit more time. It is still in the boot-up process.  5GHz is being used to make the connection in this example.  If 2.4GHz is being used, the 2.4G LED will be blinking slowly instead. ]
  • The Master unit setup is now finished.  Before we proceed with the 2nd unit (the Slave) setup, we need to test it first.
  • Search for a WiFi network to see whether you see the newly created WiFi network.
  • Once found, connect to it and input the Security Key you created during setup.
  • Once connected, go back to the browser and then try to access any website to confirm that you have Internet connection.
  • Now, it is time to setup the 2nd unit — the Slave.

 Slave Unit Setup 
  • Power up the 2nd unit and wait until you have the correct LED status (Section I.)  Do NOT power OFF the 1st unit — the Master.
  • When ready, press the WPS button on the Master unit for 3 seconds.
  • Then, press the WPS button on the Slave unit also for 3 seconds.
  • The Master unit will try to "forward" all the settings to the Slave unit.  The whole process may takes up to 5 minutes.  Please be patient with it and do not interrupt with the process.
  • When it is finished, the Slave unit will have the following LED Status.
    Signal 5GHz
    Slowly blinking BLUE
    ON, i.e solid GREEN
    [ Note:  Same as the Master unit, if the Power LED is still blinking, give it more time.  It is still working internally.  5GHz is being used to make the connection in this example.  If 2.4GHz is being used, the 2.4G LED will be blinking slowly instead. ]

That it!  Since the Master and Slave units are using the same SSID.  It is kind of difficult to test the Slave unit with the Master sitting next to it.  Simply deploy the units to the locations where you want them and give them a trial run.


Technical Support Team

Edimax USA

Santa Clara, CA

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Created:  2017-03-28  3:57 PM

Modified:  2017-07-07  10:07 AM