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Installation Procedure to Setup your Netgear Device like a Pro

Netgear wireless range extender

New extender setup and installation is a remedy to slow internet issues. Normally, the Netgear extender setup is very important for those people who do not have enough time to troubleshoot technical issues with the internet and networking devices. You can setup your Netgear device either manually or via WPS (WiFi-Protected Setup) method. Note down that both methods can be complex for regular users.

LED lights on the range extender can help in finding out the best place for your extender. However, most users don’t know what these lights all about. But you don’t need to worry! Just have a look below and see what the LED lights on your extender say:

Hardware Features

The LED lights on the front of the device show how the range extender is working.

  1. WPS: The LED light indicates a secure wireless connection.
  2. PC to Netgear Extender: The LED light will be lit when the range extender is properly connected to a PC or laptop.
  3. Status LED: This LED light will lit up when the Netgear expander turns on.
  4. Link Rate: This LED light indicates a solid wireless connection between the extender and the main router.
  • Green is excellent.
  • Amber is fine.
  • Red is worst.

Note: For the best optimal performance, place antennas of your Netgear device in straight-vertical position.

The side panel of the Netgear device has the following features

  • On/Off (power) button: Turns on and off the device.
  • WPS button: Press and hold the WPS button for a few seconds to connect the range extender to a wireless adapter or your main router wirelessly.
  • Factory Reset button: To use this button, grab a paper clip and insert it into the reset hole and hold it till the status LED flashes/ blink.
  • Ethernet port: You can connect a computer/ laptop or other WiFi-enabled devices to this port as described in Netgear WiFi range extender manual.

Extender LEDs

Router Link LED

This LED light indicates the connection between the range extender and the main router or the access point:

  • Solid Green: Best connection
  • Solid Amber: Good connection
  • Red: Poor connection
  • Off: No connection

Device Link LED

This LED light indicates the connection between the range extender and a computer, laptop or WiFi device:

  • Solid Green: Best connection
  • Amber: Good connection
  • Solid Red: Poor connection
  • Off: No connection

Power LED

  • Solid Amber: The range extender is booting.
  • Solid Green:  The Netgear extender is powered on.
  • Off: The WiFi extender is powered off.

WPS LED

  • Solid Green: WPS security is enabled
  • Blinking Green: The WPS (WiFi Protected Setup) connection is being established
  • Off: WPS security is not disabled

Setup and Installation of new Netgear Device in Extender Mode

  1. Unbox your range extender. Place it in a neat and clean place.
  2. Plug the extender into a wall socket closer to the main router.
  3. Turn on your PC or a laptop and open a web browser.
  4. Navigate to Netgear Genie setup wizard by typing mywifiext into the URL field.
  5. Enter the default username and password into the provided fields.
  6. Choose the SSID (network name) option and hit on Continue.
  7. Type the passphrase (password) in network key field and hit on Continue.
  8. Select the extender network name and again click on Continue.

New Extender Setup in Access Point Mode

  1. Power on the Netgear wireless repeater and let it boot up properly.
  2. After that, set your range extender switch to access point mode.
  3. Connect the router and extender with each other via an Ethernet cable.
  4. Launch a web browser and into the address bar, type mywifiext.net.
  5. Your range extender will recognize the internet connection automatically.
  6. Now, what you are going to do is to apply security settings to the range extender and hit on Continue.
  7. At last, connect to the extender wireless network and click on Continue.

Thus, Netgear wireless range extender can be set up in access point mode easily. If any step in this post troubles you, then feel free to get in touch with experts.

Annie Mitchell is a full time technology journalist from California, US. Apart from my work, I love to go out with my friends, and explore new things.

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