How to configure a new Netgear Extender in less than 5 minutes

new extender setup

Netgear wireless extenders comfortably expand coverage and improve the signal strength of an existing wireless network to eliminate “dead zones,” (more commonly called non-signal zones) helping users maintain an existing wireless network and vastly improve signal coverage of the network. These extenders are designed for both professional and personal use since its configuration is simplified and they offer great use in both environments.

The process for new extender setup is really very simple, Netgear’s wizard is well thought out. We plug the repeater, connect to the Wi-Fi network of the repeater, then get access to the configuration interface and within just five minutes gets everything working. However, its always easier said than done especially for the novice users or elder people. Even a small typo in the online setup web address or any minor mistake in the configuration steps results in unsuccessful setup. This post will guide you with adequate guidelines for your new Netgear extender setup interrupt-free.

Configuration Steps For New Extender Setup

There are basically two methods to configure a new extender.

METHOD ONE: Quick configuration using the WPS button

This simple method consists of 3 steps, but to use it it is necessary to have a router with WPS
connection. What is it? This function is called Wi-Fi Protected Setup, better known as WPS. Next, if the router is compatible, we will press the WPS button, which will automatically detect that a device wants to connect to the network. Let’s keep going to discuss the steps in detail:

Step 1: Connect the extender to an outlet near your Router or Access Point. This step takes a few seconds while the “Wireless” LED starts blinking.

Step 2: Press the 2 WPS buttons, first press the WPS button of the router and immediately press the button of the extender. The LED must go from blinking to remain static in 2 minutes.

Step 3: Relocate the Device: Once the extender is correctly configured, you can move it to a better place to obtain better signal quality and coverage. Once placed in another outlet, the extender will reconnect to the main router / AP automatically in about 30 seconds.

Note: If your router doesn’t have WPS functionality or you are failed to setup extender using WPS, use the configuration method through the mywifiext.com (given below).

METHOD TWO: Configuration through the mywifiext.com

1. Connect the extender to an outlet near your Router or Access Point. (This step takes a few seconds while the “Wireless” LED starts to flash.)

2. Connect the extender to your computer. To carry out this step, we have two options.

Option A: Connect using the Ethernet cable:

Disconnect your computer from any wireless network. Connect the extender to your computer via Ethernet cable, then continue with the next step.

Option B: Connecting wirelessly

Disconnect your cable connection. Click on Wireless Network Connection on your desk. Click on the SSID of the extender and connect to the extender (the default wireless network name is: Extender-Setup-XXX and continue with the next step).

3. Configuration through the browser

Type “mywifiext.net” in your browser and hit “Enter.” Log in to the administration page using the username and the password that are mentioned in the user manual. After logging in, you will see the quick configuration page.

4. Select the Wi-Fi network of the Router / AP.

5. Enter the Wi-Fi password of your main router / AP. The name of the Wi-Fi network (SSID) of the extender can be copied from the main router / AP or modified by a new one.

6. After completing the configuration, check the LED lights. LED will light up if the configuration is correct.

7. Relocate the Device: Once the extender is correctly configured, you can move it to a better place for better signal quality and coverage. Once placed in another outlet, the extender will reconnect to the main router / AP automatically in about 30 seconds.

So that’s how you can configure a new Netgear Extender in less than 5 minutes.

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