Getting Started The NETGEAR WiFi Range Extender increases the distance of a WiFi network by boosting the existing WiFi signal and enhancing the overall signal quality over long distances. An extender repeats the signals from an existing WiFi router or access point.
LED Descriptions Router Link LED This LED indicates the connection between the extender and the router or access point. Solid green. Best connection. Solid amber. Good connection. Solid red. Poor connection. Off. No connection. Client Link LED This LED indicates the connection between the extender and a computer or WiFi device.
Install the WiFi Extender Place the extender, apply power, and connect it to your WiFi network. Place the Extender and Apply Power 1. Place your extender in the same room as your WiFi router. Proximity to the WiFi router is required only during the initial setup process.
Connect with WPS Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) lets you join a secure WiFi network without typing the network name and password. Note: WPS does not support WEP network security. If you are using WEP security, follow the instructions in Connect with Web Browser Setup page 8 1.
2. Open a web browser window from the same computer or WiFi device. The browser takes you directly to the NETGEAR genie Smart Setup. If you are not automatically directed to NETGEAR genie, launch a web browser and type www.mywifiext.net in the address field.
The NETGEAR genie screen displays. 3. Select the WiFi Range Extender (Wireless) radio button and click the Continue button. The extender finds WiFi networks in your area and displays a list. 4. Select a WiFi network to extend and click the Continue button.
5. When prompted, type the network password (also called passphrase or security key) in the Password field and click the Continue button. 6. In the Name field, type the name (SSID) for your new extender WiFi network and click the Continue button. You can use the same security settings as the settings for your existing network by selecting the check box.
8. If the screen is still displayed on your computer or device, select the following check box and click the Continue button. A message displays confirming that the extender connected to the WiFi network. 9. Click the Finish button. 10. Unplug the extender and move it to a new location closer to the area with a poor WiFi signal.
Find the Best Location If the WiFi signal is weak, the first time you join the extender network, an arrow LED blinks for two minutes. If this happens, adjust the position of the extender. • If the Router arrow blinks, move the extender closer to the router.
Connect an Ethernet-Enabled Device After the extender is connected to your existing WiFi network, you can connect a wired device to the extender using an Ethernet cable. That device can then access your existing network through the WiFi connection. Extender Blu-ray player WiFi router 1.
4. Open a web browser window from the same computer or WiFi device. The browser takes you directly to the NETGEAR genie Smart Setup. If you are not automatically directed to NETGEAR genie, launch a web browser and type www.mywifiext.net in the address field.
The NETGEAR genie screen displays. 5. Select the Access Point (Wired) radio button. 6. Use an Ethernet cable to connect the extender to a router Ethernet port or a remote Ethernet jack with network access. The extender joins the network and creates a WiFi hotspot.
Frequently Asked Questions You can find more information about your product in the user manual, which is available at http://support.netgear.com. The web browser setup guide keeps asking me for my network password (passphrase) or security key, and I am sure I entered the correct password.
I am connected to NETGEAR_EXT and launched a browser. Why can’t I see the web browser setup guide? Try these troubleshooting steps: • Make sure that your computer is set up to use DHCP (most are). • Make sure that the Client Link LED is green and that you are using a valid IP address.
I enabled a wireless MAC filter, wireless access control, or access control list (ACL) on my router. What should I do when installing the extender? When the WiFi device connects through the extender to your router, the MAC address of the WiFi device shown on the router is translated to another MAC address.
A login screen displays. b. Enter admin for the user name and password for the password. 5. Select Maintenance > Network Devices. The Network Devices screen displays the MAC addresses and virtual MAC addresses for computers and devices that are connected to the extender network.