Using a Netgear extender to connect to your router will be the subject of this essay. Before looking at how to configure a Netgear extension, we’ll talk about where to place your extender for the best results.
What Is WPS?
Wi-Fi Protected Setup, sometimes known as WPS, is a feature integrated into some routers and extenders to make the process of expanding a network easier. In that particular circumstance, all you’ll have to do is press a button and input a PIN that you’ve previously created for yourself. Our recommendations below are based on the assumption that your router or extension does not support WPS.
- Check the signal range of your router to make sure it’s working properly. In most cases, this information will be contained in the handbook, but if you can’t find it, look at the bottom of the device where there should be a decibel milliwatts (dBm) figure on an information sticker.
- Calculate the answer by adding 4,000 to the given amount, then subtracting 2,000 from the result, and dividing by 42.7. In “real-world” situations, this will give you an idea of how much square footage your router can cover. For example, if your router has a dBm of 1,000, it will have a maximum range of 70 feet in all directions. It is preferable if your Wi-Fi extender is located halfway between your router and the device from which you wish to receive Wi-Fi signals. As a result, in our case, your extender should be situated around 35 feet away.
- Locate an outlet that is approximately halfway between your router and the region that requires a higher signal to be effective. Simply put the Wi-Fi extender into a power outlet to begin using it.
Tip: It is not recommended to connect an extender to a power strip or extension cable since this may negatively impact overall Wi-Fi performance. For situations when you need to move your extension closer but do not have a suitable outlet, a mesh network may be a good option for you.
Without the use of WPS, you may configure your Netgear Extender.
- Open the Wi-Fi menu on a device that has Wi-Fi, such as your phone or laptop, and look for a network labelled Netgear EXT in the list of networks. The handbook for the extender may have a password that must be entered. If you don’t have a password, just say “password” when you’re asked for one. You’ll be advised that there is no internet connection; this is normal because your extender has not yet been linked to a router.
- Navigate to mywifiext.net or 192.168.1.250 on your device’s web browser and choose “New Extender Setup” from the drop-down menu. You’ll be required to enter your login information, which will include your user name, password, and security questions. Configure your username and password to be something you’ll remember, and to be different from the ones you use for your router and other internet-connected devices. Write down this password, but don’t be concerned about memorizing a second one; your extension will connect to the internet by using the password from your router to do so.
3. Once your credentials have been set up, you will be prompted to start an automatic “genie” that will set up the extension on your behalf. This will locate the networks connected to your router. Even if you have various bands enabled on your router (for example, 2.4 and 5.0 GHz), the extender will detect them. Select any applicable networks from the drop-down menu.
4. Following the selection of your networks, you will be requested to provide the password for your router. This will cause the extender to connect to your router and automatically setup itself.
Tip: Netgear extenders retain the router name, but add an extension that specifies the band and network on which the router is connected. So, for example, if your router was called Bob and it supported both the 2.4 and 5.0 GHz bands, you would see the network options “Bob 2.4EXT” and “Bob 5.0EXT” as available choices.
5. When prompted, select Next, and then log into your new network to see how it works. The password for this device will be the same as your router’s.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I set up a Netgear N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender?
You can proceed directly to the online setup (described above), or you can utilize WPS mode by pushing the button on the N300 side panel and the button on your router’s side panel at the same time. When the WPS and router link lights on the N300 become solid green, the device has successfully connected to your network. To access the setup genie, open a web browser on your computer. Netgear suggests that you use the Router Arrow and Client Arrow LEDs to guide you through the process of adjusting the placement of your extension.
- How do I set up a Netgear Wi-Fi extender as an access point?
If your Netgear Wi-Fi extender is capable of access point configuration, search for a switch that allows you to switch it to access point mode after plugging it in. It is possible that your model does not have this switch; in that case, connect it to your network with an Ethernet cable and use another Wi-Fi device (as described above) to visit the configuration page in a browser. When prompted, select the option to configure it as an access point rather than an extension.