Wi-Fi technology has truly redefined how people connect to the internet and access the web.
You no longer need to run unsightly wires and cables along your walls or install bulky equipment to access the internet in your home or office.
But as much as Wi-Fi networks allow for wireless connections, they have their fair share of shortcomings.
What is a Wi-Fi Extender?
As you may already know, Wi-Fi has a limited range not exceeding 150 feet indoors and 300 feet outdoors, depending on the selected frequency band.
It essentially acts as a bridge between the router and connected Wi-Fi devices outside the range of the Wi-Fi router’s signal.
How Does a Wi-Fi Extender Work?
It acts as an access point, allowing you to connect to your wireless network even when far from the main Wi-Fi router.
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The extender communicates with the central router, picking up signals before creating a second Wi-Fi network with a different SSID.
Keep in mind the Wi-Fi extender does not strengthen your router’s signal but broadcasts its own Wi-Fi signal throughout the home.
The extender receives internet signals from the router but broadcasts its new Wi-Fi signals in your space.
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How to Set Up a Wi-Fi Extender?
You must set up your Wi-Fi extender before logging into the new network created by the device.
Setting up a Wi-Fi extender can be complicated if you do not know what to do or where to begin.
Here are the steps on how to go about it:
- Plug in your extender in the wall outlet in the same room as your router
- Ensure the extender is as close as possible to the main router
- Power up the router and the extender
- Look for the WPS button on the router
- Look for the WPS button on the extender
- Press the WPS button on the extender and press the corresponding button on the router within 2 minutes
- Relocate the extender to an area experiencing connectivity issues
If your Wi-Fi extender or router does not have a WPS button, you can set it up by downloading its app from the manufacturer’s site and following the on-screen instructions.
Most Wi-Fi extender manufacturers have smartphone apps with detailed instructions for installing networking products like boosters, repeaters, and extenders.
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How to Login to a Wi-Fi Extender Network?
Once you set up your Wi-Fi extender, you must log in to the created network to access the internet.
Fortunately, the procedure is similar to joining any wireless network, but you must know your Wi-Fi extender’s SSID name and password.
The Wi-Fi extender’s SSID name will be almost identical to the main router’s but with an EXT at the end.
For instance, if your router’s SSID name is HOME, the extender will have a unique SSID name like HOME_EXT.
Follow these steps to log in to the Wi-Fi extender network:
- Go to your phone’s settings
- Go to Wireless & Internet
- Go to Wi-Fi
- Tap the slider next to Wi-Fi to turn it ON
- Search for nearby Wi-Fi networks
- Tap the SSID name of your Wi-Fi extender
- Enter the Wi-Fi extender password to join [the password is usually identical to the host Wi-Fi network]
You can change the SSID name and password of your Wi-Fi extender network using the following steps:
- Connect your PC or smartphone to the main router’s network
- Launch your preferred browser from your device
- Enter your login credentials
- Click Status to view connected devices
- Find your Wi-Fi extender’s IP address
- Disconnect your device from the main router
- Connect your device to the extender network
- Launch a web browser on your phone or PC
- Enter the Wi-Fi extender’s IP address
- Enter the default login credentials [leave the username blank and enter admin in the password field]
- Click Wireless Settings or Basic Settings
- Change the Wi-Fi SSID and password
- Thereafter, click OK or Save to apply the changes
A Wi-Fi extender can greatly increase your network coverage by eliminating dead zones.
By following the above steps, you will be able to log in to your Wi-Fi extender network and enjoy uninterrupted internet connectivity.
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