How to Set Up a Wi-Fi Extender?

By Puja Chatterjee on October 01, 2023

To expand your Wi-Fi network’s coverage for a seamless online experience, setting up a Wi-Fi extender is essential.

This guide provides clear, concise instructions for effortless configuration.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Why Do You Need to Set Up a Wi-Fi Extender?

The primary reason is to extend wireless network coverage, ensuring strong signals throughout your home or office, eliminating dead zones, and enhancing connectivity.

A few additional reasons for such a setup are:

Wi-Fi extenders are cost-effective alternatives to new routers and are user-friendly, making them practical solutions for expanding networks without major infrastructure overhauls.

Ways to Set Up a Wi-Fi Extender

In order to set up your Wi-Fi extender, first you will need to select the best location. It should be preferably in between the router and the areas where you receive poor signal.

Once you have placed the extender in the right place, proceed with the following steps:

Here are the steps to follow in detail.

Note: Most range extenders will work with most wireless routers. So, you do not need to use the same brand extender as your router.

For demonstration purposes, a Netgear extender is set up here. Your range extender may have some differences, but the process to set it up is essentially the same.

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Method: From the Web Interface of the Wi-Fi Extender

You can easily set up your Wi-Fi extender by accessing its web interface.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

Plug the Wi-Fi extender

(Make sure it is in the same room as your wireless router. This is just for setting up the Wi-Fi extender. You can move it later on in the process).

Waiting for the power light to turn green from orange

Now you will have to connect to the existing wireless network, either with Wi-Fi Protected Setup, otherwise known as WPS, or by a manual set up, if your router does not support WPS.

For WPS Set Up:

locating the WPS button

Some router models may not have a physical WPS button. Instead, it will have a button on its configuration page or software. So, access the configuration page of your router and check it in the following way:

Navigating to WPS Wizard

Looking for the software button

Now, continue with the following steps:

Pressing the WPS button on the extender.

Pressing the physical WPS button on your router

Once the router and the extender are connected, the WPS light and the router link light will light up on the extender, as shown in the image below:

WPS light and the router link light

If you are using a dual-band router broadcasting a 2.4 gigahertz signal and a 5 gigahertz signal, repeat the process by pressing the WPS button for both the extender and the router. This will connect the extender to both frequency bands of your existing wireless network.

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This will be displayed in the list of wireless networks. It will have the same name as the existing wireless network but there will be an extension at the end of the name.

Typing the existing Wi-Fi password

For Manual Set Up:

Type in in the address bar

Clicking on the NEW EXTENDER SETUP button

Clicking on the Next button

Once done, the extender will look for the available wireless networks.

Clicking on the Next button

Clicking on Next

If you want the same wireless network name and password as your existing router, click on the small box next to Enable one WiFi name.

Enable one WiFi name

This might take a few minutes. Wait until the settings are saved to your extender.

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Clicking on Continue

Here, depending on the model of your extender, you may see a screen with some directions to connect back to the configuration page of your extender. Follow the instructions.

http://mywifiext is selected

Now clicking on Next

This will now take you to the configuration page for the extender. Here you may make any advanced settings or fine tweaking that you want by clicking on SMART SETUP.

Clicking on SMART SETUP

Now the extender is set up successfully. You may unplug it and relocate it to a new position in your home or office.

Note: Plug it halfway between the router and the dead zones in your home or office for the best results.

Check the color of the router link light to test the connection. A green light indicates the best connection, amber signifies a good connection, red indicates a poor connection, and when it’s off, there is no connection. Change the location accordingly.

Conclusion

In conclusion, a Wi-Fi extender is a practical solution to extend network coverage, eliminate dead zones, and enhance performance.

It’s cost-effective, user-friendly, and adapts to growing network needs without extensive infrastructure changes.