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I have successfully configured the WRE54G to connect to the WRT54GS.  Of course the security is disable on the WRT54GS.  And it those the job perfectly.

Then I apply the wireles security setting (WAP-personnal) on the WRT... I tried to configure the WRE but to no avail.  I said yes to "enable security" on the WRE... but the "Edit security setting" button  refuse to work.  I taught that maybe WAP-personnal was not supported so I tried WEP (this is the lowest we can get) and still the same problem.

Of course when the security is enable on the WRT and not on the WRE, there is not wireless connection that go trhru.

WRT54GS version 6
Firmware version 1.50.6

WRE54G version 3-US
Firmware version 3.01.01


Can somebody help me with this?

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http://linksys.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/linksys.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=17831

Above is a nice compatibility comparison sheet for your Range Extender and Wireless Router.

My suggestion is to update the firmware on both to start with.

The WRE54G can be updated to 3.04 http://homesupport.cisco.com/en-us/wireless/lbc/WRE54G
The WRT54GS V 6 can be updated to 1.58 http://homesupport.cisco.com/en-us/wireless/lbc/WRT54GS

Update both firmware revisions and pay special attention to the sheet at the top about compatibility.
According to that sheet on a WRT54GS2 (closest model on the list to your WRT54GS) WPA Personal TKIP is the only encryption method supported above WEP.
My suggestion would be to use a strong WPA type 1 passphrase (think 15 or more characters, capitalization, spaces and special characters) and try again.
If you have issues still, try removing the spaces from the passphrase.
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