Netgear is widely known for their reliable and user friendly networking hardware. They have provided the users with some of the best routers, extenders, adapters, IP cameras and more. While their routers are very good and provide a great networking experience, there are always some borders that no router can cross. For example, there are always a few dead spots or barriers such as different floors or thick concrete walls. The Wi-Fi signals from the router have a hard time crossing different floors or thick concrete walls. Due to this, the user is unable to experience the full speed of their router or find themselves in the dead spots. The user has to go around roaming in their homes to look for a better Wi-Fi signal. This is where the Netgear Extender comes in. The Extender or Repeater is a device that boosts the Wi-Fi signal from the router and extends its area. The Netgear Extenders are used to extend the coverage area of the Wi-Fi signals from the router so that the user does not face any issues regarding the signals. The Extenders extensively remove all the dead spots from the area.
How do Netgear Extenders work?
The Netgear Extenders are connected to the Netgear router which in turn boosts the signal coming from the router to increase the coverage area of the Wi-Fi signals. The extender captures the Wi-Fi signals from the router and rebroadcasts the signals to eliminate the dead spots or provide the Wi-Fi signals to where they are nonexistent. The extender is supposed to be placed halfway between the router and the desired area where the Wi-Fi signals are required or dead spots are required to be removed.
Here, we will provide the troubleshooting steps to configure the extender properly so that the user does not face any problems regarding the initial setup and personalization of their network.
Troubleshooting steps to setup and login to the router initially:
- Plug the extender to a power source and turn it on.
- Now, open the wireless settings from the device that the user wishes to use for the initial configuration of the extender. Connect to the Netgear Extender username. The default username for the Netgear Extenders is usually Netgear _EXT and it can be changed later.
- Open an internet browser from the same device and type www.mywifiext.net in the address bar of the internet browser.
- Now, the Netgear Genie will appear and search for all the wireless networks within the coverage area. Select the name of the network that the user wishes to extend. Click Continue.
- If the wireless connection is secure, it will prompt the user for the username and password for the router. Enter the credentials and click Continue.
- The dashboard will ask the user which band they wish to support. If the user’s router does not support the 5 GHz band, then click on the My router does not support 5 GHz band and continue. If it supports the 5 GHz band, then click on the former option and click continue.
- Now, the router and the extender will be connected successfully. The web based interface will ask the user whether they wish to change the settings of the extender. The user can change the settings now or they can always come back later.
- After successfully connecting the router to the extender, the user will be automatically disconnected from the network.
- Now, connect to the Netgear Extender using your wireless device. Click on the My wireless devices are connected to the External Network option to verify.
- The web based interface will display a page saying Congratulations. That will mean the Netgear Extender will have connected successfully. Click finish to close the setup window.
The Netgear Extender will have been successfully connected and configure properly now. The user can start using their Extender Network as they desire.
Troubleshooting steps to connect to the Netgear Extender manually:
- Connect the Netgear Extender to the desktop computer using an Ethernet cable.
- Now, open an internet browser and type www.mywifiext.net in the address bar. Press enter.
- The user will be prompted to enter the default credentials regarding the extender. Enter the default credentials and press enter.
- Once the user has successfully logged in to the router, open the wireless settings under the Setup tab.
- Click the Security Options and check the Password to make sure that the entered password matches the password for the main router.
- Click Apply to save the settings.
Now, the Netgear Extender will have successfully been connected to the network manually. The user can further configure their network as they desire.
Troubleshooting steps to change the username and password for the Netgear Extender:
- Open an internet browser on the device that is connected to the Netgear Extender. Type www.mywifiext.net in the address bar and press enter.
- The user will be asked to enter the default credentials regarding their extender. By default, the username is “admin” and the password is “password” for most of the extenders. The username and password are case sensitive.
- Click the Wireless option. Now, click the Wireless Setup option after that.
- There, the user will see the Network Name (SSID) and Network Key (passphrase) option for different bands. Enter the desired information in the respective fields.
- After the changes have been made, make sure to save the settings.
Now, the username and password will have been changed successfully. The user can reconnect all their devices using the new username and password.
Troubleshooting steps to update the firmware of the Netgear Extender:
- Connect a desktop computer or laptop to the Netgear Extender.
- Now, open the NETGEAR Support Site and download the latest firmware for the Netgear extender and save it to the desired area.
- Open an internet browser from the same device and type www.mywifiext.net in the address bar. Press enter.
- Under the Maintenance menu, select the Firmware Update option.
- Click Browse to search and locate the previously downloaded file.
- Select and Upload the file. The firmware update will begin shortly after.
Now, the firmware of the Extender will be updated. The firmware usually takes a couple of minutes to upload. Once the Firmware has been uploaded, the user can start using their Extender again.