“I decided to couple my MR20EC router with Linksys WHW0101P mesh WiFi extender since the router was offering less coverage and I couldn’t connect my Honeywell thermostat to WiFi. I did it because the so-called Velop mesh extender had “Intelligent mesh” tendencies. But, when I started the installation process, it never got completed. I used the app to set up the extender, waited for the solid purple light, and started walking through the prompts. The app then started to configure the node. But, suddenly the app hung. Why did it happen? Any suggestions will be welcomed.” said a Linksys user.
Millions of users are unable to complete the Velop mesh extender setup. In case you are also among them, this post will help you out. This is to inform you that the information provided here is applicable to all Velop models.
Why You Can’t Install Linksys WHW0101P via App?
Before diving deep into the troubleshooting technique, we would like to discuss the reasons that might be preventing you from installing the WHW0101P mesh range extender. Here they are:
Outdated App Version: The very first reason stopping you from completing the installation process of your Velop mesh extender is an outdated version of the Linksys mobile app. This is because at times the current version of the app is incompatible with the mobile OS you are using for the installation process.
Improper Distances Between Nodes: From the situation provided above, it can be concluded that the user has placed the Velop nodes at an improper distance due to which they are taking forever to get configured. The distance between Linksys nodes is one of the primary factors that determine whether you will be able to complete the Linksys WHW0101P setup or not.
Apart from the outdated app version and improper distance between nodes, the main connection i.e. the one between the primary node and the main router can also be the reason behind the installation failure. However, it only happens when the Ethernet cable joining both devices is damaged. Therefore, you need to be very sure that the cable is free of damage and thatthe connection you’ve established is finger-tight.
Since you’re now familiar with the reasons due to which you might be failing to set up your mesh range extender, we will now be discussing the solutions that can be followed to get the issue fixed. However, after you are done following the hacks, be sure to use the correct Linksys extender login info to complete the extender setup:
Update the Linksys App: Open the Google Play Store and check whether the Linksys app version you are using is updated or not. Just in case you find that the app needs an update, do the honors by tapping the Update button quickly. You need to let the app get installed properly. In case you are using an iOS device, you need to move to the app store to get the task accomplished.
Note: Apart from using the latest version of the Linksys app, the mobile device you are using must also be flaunting the latest software version. Sometimes, outdated OS can also create setup-related issues.
Place the Nodes Properly: If you want to complete the Linksys WHW0101P setup without any hassle, you need to place all the nodes very properly. No node should be kept outside the WiFi signal range of the main node i.e. the node that shares a direct connection with the router. But, it does not mean that you are allowed to place the nodes very close. Such an act can result in the clash of WiFi signals emitted by them and you’ll end up facing bigger problems.
What Else Should Be Taken Care of During Extender Setup?
Although the tips given above will suffice to help you install the mesh extender system without any hassle, still you need to take care of a few more things. Like your mobile device must be connected to the Velop mesh network and the nodes are kept away from devices that emit electromagnetic radiation. You also have to ensure that water-carrying objects are placed away from your Linksys WHW0101P nodes. Otherwise, the setup process will keep failing. There needs to be a safe gap between your networking hardware (extender and router).
You must be certain that the correct ports of the networking devices have been given the task of exchanging internet signals. You can learn more about them through the product’s user manual.
As we’ve discussed so far, you can conclude that using an outdated version of the app for Linksys WHW0101P setup is not recommended. In addition to that, you are not supposed to keep your nodes incorrectly. But, what will you do if you fail to set up the mesh extender even after taking the aid of the hacks given here? In that case, go for the browser-based method to get the Velop system up and running.
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