What does Extender stand for?

 

Today’s era is also known as technological era. Our life is totally becoming technology centric. From paying of our electricity bill to our work assignments, we need internet.

Thus a workable internet connection is the most important requirement of our life. A day without internet can cause real disaster in our life.

For a workable internet connection, you do need some networking devices such as router, switch, extender and so on.

As the very name suggest, extenders are devices which are used to extend the already installed network’s coverage area.

Let’s say you have a network. But problem with this network is, presence of dead spots. That means a spot or place, where signal strength is poor.

In such type of scenario, you need to install Wi-Fi extender in your network and say good bye to these dead spots.

This extender will amplify the Wi-Fi signal and make it approachable to every spot. This end the issue of dead spots forever.

 

Which Wi-Fi extender to buy for my network?

 

After knowing the utility of extender, next question that may strike in your mind is which WiFi extender to buy?

Answer to this varies case to case basis.

You may find number of extenders of different brands in market. But at the last the only fact that prevails is your network requirement.

On this website we are going to discuss various facts and aspects related to NETGEAR Wi-Fi range extenders.

Various NETGEAR Wi-Fi range extenders are: NETGEAR WN1000RP, WN2000RPTV1, WN2500RP, WN3000RP, WN3500RP, EX2700, EX3700, EX3800, EX3920, EX6000, EX6120, EX6100, EX6150, EX6200, EX6400, EX6920, EX7000, EX7300, EX7500, EX8000 Wi-Fi Range Extenders.

But to know which extender is suitable for your network, you must know their basic characteristics, which we had explained in other articles of our website. Do follow them to get better insight.

Next comes about how to setup this extender in your existing setup?????????

Let’s discuss this in great detail.

 

New NETGEAR Extender Setup

 

To setup NETGEAR extender in your setup you are required to launch NETGEAR Wi-Fi extender setup wizard with the help of www.mywifiext.net webpage.

This local webpage is characterised to perform multiple functions with respect to your NETGEAR extender device, such as managing extender network, launching new extender setup, port forwarding and much more.

Thus we can easily conclude that this local webpage is one single solution to multiple problems regarding your extender device.

Most of NETGEAR extenders can be installed as both extender as well as access point. User is provided with two methods for setting up new extender in extender mode in his/her network. That are:

  1. Manual method
  2. WPS method

The main difference between these methods lies in way of establishing connection between extender and home router.

We will discuss about both of these methods in great detail in coming sections.

One thing that is common among both of these method is www.mywifiext.net local webpage.

If you are installing your extender using manual method then you are required to launch NETGEAR genie setup which can be launched only through this local webpage.

Even if you had installed your extender by WPS method even then you need to login www.mywifiext.net webpage to change configurations of your extender.

Let’s proceed our discussion toward installing extender in extender mode.

 

What are various steps involved in installing NETGEAR Wi-Fi range extender in extender mode?

 

Installing extender in extender mode means that your extender will work same as other extender does, and not like access point. Thus prime task of your extender in this case will be to boost up the incoming signal from home router and send it throughout the network.

NETGEAR provides user with two methods for installing NETGEAR Wi-Fi extender in extender mode that are:

  1. mywifiext.net setup wizard/ Manual method
  2. WPS method

1. Mywifiext.net setup wizard/Manual method: - This method is named so because of the reason that user needs to enter various details manually during setup wizard. This makes this method little tedious then that of WPS method.

There are many other names by which we refer to this method such as NETGEAR Genie setup, mywifiext.net setup wizard and many other. So do not get confused between them.

All steps that you have to follow during installation process are:

  1. First thing comes first. So first step is nothing else but just to power on the extender. Before moving further do ensure Power LED should have to get lighten blue.
  2. Then establish connection between Wi-Fi device and extender. You can do this either by Wi-Fi connection or by Ethernet connection.
  3. Now you need to launch web browser on your Wi-Fi device. You can use any web browser for this purpose such as chrome, internet explorer or any other.
      You will automatically prompted to www.mywifiext.net setup page. But if due to any reason it does not open up by its own then you will be required to manually enter www.mywifiext.net in the address bar of the internet browser. This will land you on http://mywifiext.net login
  4.  
  5. Here after entering default credentials that are admin as username and password as password, you will receive a New Extender Setup button on the screen. Just click on it.
  6. You will be asked to fill various details to create a account with NETGEAR. After completing these details click on NEXT.
  7. Then option will be displayed on your screen asking you to select between installing extender in extender mode or access point mode. Here do click on Wi-Fi RANGE EXTENDER option.
  8. List of all available networks will get displayed on your screen. Select that network which you want to extend using extender.
  9. Now you will be provided with option of assigning new password for your extender. You can also change other wireless settings of your extender over here.
  10. At last click on Finish. That’s it installation process gets over. Now you can unplug the device and place it near the spot where you have dead spots.

You can use Router Link LED for locating adequate position of extender device. If status of LED will be green, then this signifies that place is suitable to place your extender. But if in case LED lights to be red then you need to move your extender toward router.

By this you will be able to install your extender successfully in your network.

2. WPS method: - WPS method is more easy to be followed then that of manual method. Reason for the same is, establishment of link between range extender and home router with just pressing WPS button. This is the reason why this method is also named a Push N Connect method. But there is one pre requisite for this method and that is your home router must also have to be WPS enabled.

If in case your router does not support WPS then you are left with no other option then to follow manual method for installation.
All steps involved in setting up extender by WPS method are:

  1. First step remains same for both manual and WPS method and that is powering on extender device. Status of the same can be monitored by using Power LED present on extender.
  2. Then locate WPS button on your NETGEAR Wi-Fi range extender. You have to press and hold it for a while. By this WPS LED on the extender will start blinking. This means that WPS connection is in progress.
  3. Then press WPS button present on your home router. Time span between pressing WPS button on router and extender should not exceed 2 minutes.

Within a while you will notice that WPS LED will turn to be solid. This signifies that WPS link between extender and router has been established successfully. Even Router Link LED will also lit up to be solid green, to signify successful link between extender and router.

If status of these LEDs are not as mentioned above, then repeat the steps of installation. If in case, problem still persists then you will have to go by manual method of installation which we had discussed above.

In this way setup process using WPS method gets completed.

Now you can place it wherever you desire, with the help of Router Link LED.

 

What are various steps involved in setting up NETGEAR Wi-Fi range extender in access point mode?

 

As already discussed above, you can install your NETGEAR Wi-Fi range extender in both access point as well as extender mode.

Steps involved in setting up extender in extender mode are already discussed above. So let’s begin our discussion on setting up NETGEAR Wi-Fi range extender in access point mode.

To make extender work as access point you need to establish Ethernet connection between your home router and extender.

In access point mode, extender will work as Wi-Fi hotspot which will deliver signal to all users getting connected with LAN.

Steps involved to setup extender as access point are:

  1. Once you power on your extender device, connect home router and extender using an Ethernet cable.
  2. Use any Wi-Fi device such as laptop, tablet etc. to get connected with extender’s network.
  3. For this you need to go to Network Manager. Here you will find list of available networks. Select network named as NEGEAR_EXT. This network name pertains to your extender network.
  4. Then launch web browser. This will automatically prompt you to local webpage of NETGEAR. But if in case it does not, then do enter www.mywifiext.net in the address bar of your browser.
  5. Click on NEW EXTENDER SETUP button.
      This will prompt you to a window where you will be needed to enter various details. After completing them click on NEXT.
  6.  
  7. Now you will be asked to select that whether you want to install your extender in extender mode or access point mode. Here do select Access point.
  8. Select the type of network that is whether it is public network or private network or home network.
  9. At last set up new network name and password for your access point network.

That’s it. Now your extender is ready to be used in access point mode.

 

CD-less installation

 

Normally NETGEAR extender does come along with installation CD. But there are some extenders like WN1000RP, WN3500RP, EX6100, EX6200 which do not require installation CD for their setup.

To install these extenders you need to launch installation wizard such as NETGEAR Genie setup wizard.

If you are also planning to buy any one extender among them then do not panic while receiving no installation CD along with extender.

Installing such extenders are also very easy. Steps that needs to be followed for their setup includes:

  1. Firstly power on your NETGEAR Wi-Fi range extender and wait until status of Power LED turns to be green.
  2. Once the extender device comes in up-state, you will find a new network named as "NETGEAR_EXT” in the available Wi-Fi network’s list.
  3. You have to connect to this very network. This network name pertains to your extender’s network.
  4. Then launch any internet browser like google chrome, internet explorer or any other.
      By this you will automatically prompted to NETGEAR extender setup wizard. If in case you does not, then do enter www.mywifiext.net in the address bar.
  5.  
  6. Then follow instructions that gets displayed on your screen and that’s it, your extender will get installed.
 

www.mywifiext.net Troubleshooting

 

Sometimes it has been found that when user want to access www.mywifiext.net webpage then he/she may get error message stating “Unable to connect”.

There can be many reasons for the same. But prime thing to remember is that you will be able to access www.mywifiext.net page only if your device is connected with NETGEAR range extender’s network either through wire like Ethernet cable or through Wi-Fi.

Error message shown because of inability to connect with www.mywifiext.net webpage, also varies from one web browser to other. Such as:

For internet explorer message displayed will be “Page cannot be displayed” or You are not connected to a network”.

For Safari it will be “Can’t find Server”.

For Google Chrome it will be “Unable to connect to the internet. Google chrome can’t display the webpage because your computer isn’t connected to the internet”.

This was all about error messages. Now let’s discuss some common troubleshooting steps to deal with these error messages.

  1. It is always recommended to place range extender and home router in close proximity. So during the installation process place your NETGEAR range extender and network router in the same room.
  2. Then comes power supply. It may happen that due to any issue your extender may not be getting proper supply. You can take the help of Power LED to know status of power supply. If Power LED is green, then this shows the device is getting proper power supply.
  3. Check the status of Device to Extender LED. It should have to be green. If in case it is not, then disconnect your device and re-establish the connection.
  4. In some cases, user can’t access www.mywifiext.net webpage because of the issue with web browser. For this you are recommended to try opening www.mywifiext.net webpage using another web browser.
  5. There is chances that your web browser may be unable to resolve name to IP. So you are recommended to enter 192.168.1.250 instead of www.mywifiext.net in the address bar of web browser.
  6. Try with assigning static IP to computer.

If in case, you are still unable to troubleshoot the issue then do take help of NETGEAR support for the same.