How To Extend Your Wireless Network? (Explained)

By Puja Chatterjee on August 02, 2018

One of the best ways to ensure better and stronger signals for extending wireless networks is to replace the old router with a more modern wireless AC or N router.

But it may not always be necessary to take this route. There are lots of other basic ways in which you can achieve that.

This article will guide you through it most comprehensively, letting you know the needs for such extensions and improvements, the issues underlying them and more.


Why Do You Need to Extend Your Wireless Network?

You will be able to create a convenient and flexible way to connect to the internet or even to any other connected device through an extended wireless network.

There can be a number of reasons for you to extend the wireless network range over and above what you are currently receiving. These are:

The Underlying Issues

There can be a few significant issues within the premise as well as in the network, such as drywall, improper router placement, and obstructions that may result in poor or weak signal strength. Knowing the issues will ensure proper fixes.

These are:

Once the issues are known, the network range can be optimized easily through proper methods, as mentioned in the later section of this article.

Predicting Network Range

Predicting the network range is a very important aspect if you want to extend it and use it to its fullest potential. This way, you will come to know about the issues in the premises as well as in the network.

You can use different tools available online for free for this matter.

Proper prediction will help you in diverse ways, including and not limited to:

As for the network, the significant issues within it will also be revealed through this, such as:

Therefore, do not overlook this step because it will ensure the best use of the signals with greater efficiency, which will, as a consequence, offer an all-out optimization.

Understanding the Devices to Extend Wi-Fi Network

From the extenders or repeaters to the adapters, there are different devices used in a wireless network of which you should have a proper understanding. This knowledge will help you to choose only the ones that would serve your needs in the best possible way.

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It is very important to know the devices to use because all these devices are different in terms of functionality.

Without a proper understanding of them, you may get confused easily because, in most cases, the terms used are interrelated and often used interchangeably.

Therefore, know the devices to make the right choice.

Extender or Repeater

The functions of the wi-fi extender or repeater are the same. These devices are typically involved in boosting the coverage and strength of the signal. However, they cannot boost it to a much higher level on their own because they can produce only what they are designed to take in.

Access Points

These are just like the extender or repeater, the functionality of the access points largely depends on the network connections.

Wi-Fi Adapter

Similar to the access points, these adapters are specially used to get higher internet speeds, especially in high-rise buildings where using cables is expensive and nearly impossible.

Mesh Network

This refers to the widespread sequence of access points but these are often not technically capable of covering a very large area, such as an entire city.

Therefore, all these devices come with their share of limitations, which is why you will need to extend your wireless network in the first place.

How to Extend Your Wireless Network?

How To Extend Your Wireless Network

Whether it is in your home or office, to extend a wireless network you will need to first strengthen the signals and then make the best use of the non-existent ones within the network. This will ensure smoother, wider, and more seamless signal coverage.

It means that you can use a new router along with that provided by your internet service provider.

You may also use additional routers to create new access points and extend your network. However, you can do this wirelessly as well as by using a separate and long LAN or Ethernet cable.

Some other basic and simple ways to improve and extend wireless networks are:

As for the other methods to extend a wireless network, read on.

Step 1: Change the Router Position

If you are not getting the signal as desired, the router may not be placed in the right position.

Step 2: Use a Separate Router

If the wireless range of the primary router in which the cable of the internet provider is inserted is not enough for you, you can use another wired and completely separate router. You will simply need to connect them together in order to extend the network.

LAN port or Ethernet port

Plug in the power cord

Now you will need to configure the new router.

LAN ports of the new router

Switch on the power, and you will see all the lights on the router are on.

all the lights on the router are on

You will need the IP address of the device for accessing it and configuring it. You can find it at the back of the device itself, and if not, it may be in the device manual.

You may also find it by using the Command Prompt.



default gateway of the Ethernet adapter

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username and password

(If that does not work, use Google and type in the model number of the router and ask for the username and password.)

Finally, click on the Sign in or Login button as shown above.

Now, both the routers will be connected. Place the two routers in two different places apart from each other. You can use any one of them depending on where you want to use your system.

Step 3: Use a Wired Second Router as an Access Point

If you want to extend the network range even further, you will have to use a second router, new or old, with the existing router (henceforth referred to as the original router). One of these two routers will typically not function as a router but as an access point.

two routers

Ideally, the traditional wireless connection configuration of a network looks as follows:

traditional wireless connection configuration

When you use two routers, you will have a router, say the MI router, as an access point, and the changed configuration will look something like this:

changed configuration

To start with, take a LAN cable, not lower than CAT 5, if the connection speed is greater than or equal to 100 Mbps. It should be relatively long, so that the gap between the two routers is considerably large.

Connect one end of it to any LAN port of the original router to which the internet cable is connected.

LAN port of the original router

Plug in the other end to the other router, but essentially into a LAN port and not in the internet or WAN port.

Plug in the other end to the other router

You may connect it to the WAN port if you do not want to change the IP setting, which is mentioned later in this method. However, in that case, remember that it will automatically detect the IP from the original router, but there may be some disturbances and IP conflicts later on.

Now, you will need to reset the old router before you move on.

Look at the small reset button

lights turning on

Now, you will need to make some changes in the settings on your computer. Though everything will not be the same for all users, it will be pretty similar. Therefore, do not go for the name of the manufacturer or the model of the router mentioned in the following steps.

second router

Home network

type in the IP address


Set wi-fi password

Type in the Admin password in the next window

Now, a page may come up showing that the particular router is connected to the PC but not to the internet as follows:

router is connected to the PC

This means that you will need to make it a member of the first router in order to make it identifiable and get it connected to the internet. This will also make the second router the access point.

connect the original router

Here, in the IP address, the last number indicates the device number.

LAN Settings

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(For example, if the IP address of the original router is, you should change it to

DHCP server

Now you can access, maintain, and control all your devices by logging into any single router connection.

Well, the setting is not over yet. Now, you will need to set the SSID so that the name of the second router does not change if it is set outside the range of the first router.

Second router settings

Switch enable

Click on the OK button in the confirmation window

Let it take its time to reboot so that the changes take effect.

Once it is done, this setting will let you stay within the same network or SSID without needing to disconnect and change the devices from one network to another when you move from one place to another.

Now you can add more access points to your second router to extend your network.

Step 4: Connect a Second Router Wirelessly

Though using a wired connection is perhaps the best way to extend your network, you can connect the two routers wirelessly as well for the same. For this, you will need to make some changes in the settings of the secondary router.

go to the internet icon

secondary router

It will show ‘No internet, secured’ because it is not connected through any cable and the necessary settings are yet to be made.

Type the IP address

Quick Setup

Range Extender

Click on the Connect button at the far-right

Enter the password in router

Simply click on the Next button

click on the Finish button at the bottom

Now the system will reboot. It will take some time. When it is finished rebooting, both your routers will start working wirelessly.

You can check the speeds of both routers. It will, however, depend on the type of router and whether you are using a single-band or a dual-band router.


Therefore, you can see that there are different ways in which you can extend your wireless network, and a few of them are quite simple.

Choose the best option for you that will offer ease and comfort based on your understanding of everything in the first place.

That was the whole point of this article.