Wi-Fi is an amazing piece of technology but it does have its distance limitations. The farther you move away from your wireless router, the more that YouTube video seems to buffer. This is why Wi-Fi range extenders were developed. It’s a device that strengthens and extends the range of your WiFi signals, allowing you to surf the web from every corner of the house. In this article, we’ll show you how to setup Netgear WiFi Extender.
What Is Netgear Extender?
If you have a medium to a large-sized home, you’ll definitely have noticed by now that your Wi-Fi isn’t reaching some places. The Netgear Extender is a WiFi booster or repeater that allows you to keep your devices connected throughout your entire house. There are many extender models available on Netgear’s website.
You can choose between internal or external antennas, wall-plug or desktop extenders, and even select extenders based on their Wi-Fi speed. The cheaper models are priced around $50 USD, whilst the fast desktop extenders with external antennas are priced at an upwards of $250 USD.
Whichever model you’re planning to purchase or have already purchased the setup process is relatively the same. It’s fairly similar to setting up a standard wireless router. If you want to learn how to setup your existing wireless router with a Netgear extender head on over to the next section below.
How to Setup Netgear WiFi Extender?
Now there are two ways you can setup a Netgear Extender. The first method will require that you have WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) built into your existing router. The second method will use the Netgear Installation Assistant. The latter method can be used whether you have a WPS setup button on your router or not.
Method #1: Setup Netgear WiFi Extender Using WPS
As mentioned before, WPS stands for Wi-Fi Protected Setup. It’s basically a secure connection protocol that allows you to connect a wireless router and a wireless device much faster. Moreover, it doesn’t require you to access a web-based installation assistant.
In order for this method to work, your router must have a WPS button. Moreover, we recommend you begin the setup with both the extender and Wi-Fi router in the same room. The details will be explained in the instructions below.
- To determine if your router supports WPS, look for a WPS button at the back or front of your router. The WPS button will have an icon that looks something like the image shown below. If this button is not available on your router move on to Method #2.
- Now, plug your Netgear range extender into an outlet and press the WPS button on the extender. We’ll be using a wall-plug model in this example.
- Now press the WPS button on your Wi-Fi router(image shown in step 1). Now when you’ve established a good connection between your router and Netgear extender. The WPS LED on the Netgear extender will light up solid green.
- Now unplug your extender and plug it in a position mid-way between your wireless router and the area where Wi-Fi reception is poor.
- You can move the extender around between this range as long as the Router Link LED is glowing green. If the LED lights red, move the extender closer to the router.
- When you’ve secured a position for your Netgear extender, connect your device to the Netgear extender network. The network name uses your standard network name with either “_2GEXT” or “_5GEXT” added on the end. Use the same Wi-Fi password you’d use for your router.
- Now check your Netgear extender and make sure the Client Link LED is glowing green. If so, then you have successfully completed your Netgear WiFi extender setup.
Method #2: Setup Netgear WiFi Extender Using Installation Assistant
This method will work whether you have a WPS button or not. For setup purposes, we recommend that your device, range extender, and router are all located in the same room. Just follow the simple instructions shown below.
- First plug-in and power on your Netgear range extender. Then on your device, select the network “NETGEAR_EXT”.
- After connecting, visit the website mywifiext.net. If you have successfully connected to your extender, the following web page will be shown. Enter the details to create a Netgear account and press next.
- Select the “WIFI RANGE EXTENDER” option.
- Now select the Wi-Fi router that you would like to extend.
- Enter the password for your network router. If you have a 5Ghz network option enabled for your router, you can enter the password for that as well.
- Once the password is successfully entered, your Netgear extender and router will be linked. The last step is to rename your Netgear extender’s network name if you wish to do so. You can leave it as the default name if you want. We recommend you leave the “_EXT” at the end to identify it as an extender connection.
- That’s all folks! Your router is now successfully linked to your Netgear extender. All you have to do is access your computer’s network settings and select the Netgear extender Wi-Fi network.
That wasn’t so hard now, was it? Setting up a Netgear extender can be extremely beneficial, especially in larger homes. It ensures a secure connection throughout the entirety of the building.
For small to medium-sized homes a wall-plug extender should do just fine, however, we recommend a standing desktop extender if you’re in a home with more than 4 bedrooms. If you have any questions about the setup, please leave it in the comments below.