In coming sections, we will discuss procedure to setup NETGEAR extender in great detail but firstly let's initiate our discussion about extenders in general.
What does Extender stand for?
Todays 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.
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.
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:
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.
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: - 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:
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:
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.
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:
That's it. Now your extender is ready to be used in access point mode.
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:
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.
If in case, you are still unable to troubleshoot the issue then do take help of NETGEAR support for the same.