Sometimes, normal routers don’t fulfill all your needs for example if you want better speed or more range. For small to medium houses, this usually isn’t an issue. But in bigger houses or businesses, a normal router usually can’t reach rooms further away and hence require an extender in order to increase the range and successfully connect all devices.
When the range is short, devices sometimes suffer from slow internet, buffering streams or regular disconnections. Netgear has gone above and beyond in the field of routers, making sure that customers have the best routers for their homes in order to establish a well secured network.
Walls and such usually act as obstacles and can cause interference for longer range. Which is why an extender can help increase the range and let more devices connect to it.
There are multiple extenders by Netgear that you could use, depending on your needs and what you want the most out of it. Here are the following steps you need to follow in order to set up your extender depending on whether it has an Ethernet port or not.
Firstly, if your Netgear extender has an Ethernet Port, then use a computer to connect to the WiFi extender. After it’s successfully connected, log in to the web user interface using http://myWiFiext.net. On this page, you will be prompted to enter in a username and a password.
The default login information is; admin and password. Make sure to change these later in order to make your extender more secure so it can’t be accessed by just anyone. Once it’s logged in, go to setup and Wireless Settings. Check the value in the Password Key field which will be under the Security Options. Make sure that the password is same as your router’s password, and in case it isn’t, change it. Click apply and you will now be able to connect your devices to the extender.
If you have a Netgear Extender without an Ethernet port, you will need to follow the given steps. Firstly, reset your Extender back to default settings. To do this, you will need to hold down the factory reset button given at the side for about 7 seconds. This time, you will have to connect to the Netgear Extender using your WiFi. Log in to the user interface the same way as mentioned above, and enter the same log in credentials that is; admin and password. Follow the setup wizard to set up your connection to the router, make sure not to use WPS to connect to the router.
After this, click apply, and you will now be able to connect your devices to the extender. This will not only increase the range of your WiFi but you will now be able to connect more devices to it. If you’re still experiencing issues, then visit Netgear’s site to troubleshoot the problem. You can also contact Netgear support in order to seek further assistance and help in connected your extender successfully.