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How to Set Up a Netgear Wi-Fi Extender?

To begin setting up a Netgear Wi-Fi Extender, first, unbox your extender. Then plug the extender into an electrical outlet. For seamless installation, we recommend that you complete the basic setup in the same room as your current router. To determine if your router supports WPS setup, look for a WPS button on the front or back of the router. If your router does not support WPS, watch the range extender setup up with Netgear installation assistant video to set up with WPS. 

First press the WPS button on the extender. Then press the WPS button on your Wi-Fi router. The WPS LED will light up solid green when you have established a good connection between your Wi-Fi router and extender. If your Wi-Fi router supports the 5 Gigahertz band, you might want to extend this band. Repeat the WPS process. 

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Now unplug the extender and move it to a new location that is about halfway between your router and the area with a poor Wi-Fi signal. The location that you choose must be within range of your existing Wi-Fi router network. Plug the extender into an electrical outlet and wait for the power LED to light green. Once powered on, use the router length LED to help you choose a location where the extender to router connection is optimal. If the router length LED lights amber or green, you found a good location for the extender. If the LED light is red, plug the extender into an outlet closer to the router and try again. Moving the extender closer to the router will improve the connection, but will reduce your extender’s coverage. Once you find a good location for your extender, connect your client device using the new network name. The extender uses your existing Wi-Fi name and adds _2GEXT or _5GEXT at the end. When connecting, make sure you use the same Wi-Fi password as your router. 

If you are using a mobile device, connect to the same room as the extender and then move to the area with a poor router Wi-Fi signal. Once your devices are connected and placed in the dead zone, return to the extender and check the client link LED. If the client link LED is solid amber or green, your Wi-fi network has been properly extended to the area with a poor router Wi-Fi signal and your network setup is complete. If you are unable to connect to your new Wi-Fi network from the dead zone or the client link LED is red, the range extender is not reaching the area with a poor router Wi-Fi signal. If possible move your client device closer to the extender until the client link LED turns solid green or amber. Depending on the distance from your router to the dead zone, your extender may not be able to provide all the range that you require. In this situation, it is recommended to consider other solutions such as a powerline. Your Netgear AC Wi-Fi range extender is now set up and ready to go.

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