With so many of us now working from home, or just bingeing on Netflix and YouTube because of lockdown constraints, it's easy to find that even though you have one of the best wireless routers you can buy money, your home Wi-Fi network begins to struggle with all that online operation.
In order to boost their home Wi-Fi, many individuals are purchasing new routers, and even pricey mesh networking systems, but a basic Netgear wifi range extender Setup will also provide a more affordable solution.
As the name suggests, from your current router, a range extender will improve the Wi-Fi, allowing it to enter upstairs bedrooms, or out into the backyard. However, setting them up can be a little difficult, so here's our fast guide to getting started with range extenders.
To help you pick which one would be for you, make sure you check out our roundup of the best Wi-Fi extenders.
Picking the best model
When setting up a range extender, the first move is simply to determine whether you want to buy a compact model that connects directly to a mains power socket or a larger model that needs to sit on a desk or shelf.
The plug-in models are very nice, although there might be extra features for a laptop model, such as Ethernet ports, which can be useful as well.
We're going to go with this RE650 extender, a simple and inexpensive plug-in option for about $120/£80/AU$180.
The set-up process for laptop models, however, will also be similar.
To get started
You will start the set-up process, regardless of which room you intend to use it in, with the range extender plugged in and sitting as near as possible to your main router.
There is now a WPS button ('Wi-Fi Safe Set-up') on modern routers and range extenders that provides a two-minute window in which the two devices can link to each other without your Wi-Fi password being required.
That's the easiest way to get started, but in order to complete the initial set-up, you'll still need to use the manufacturer's software, so we'll go through the whole process using the app here.
Wi-Fi spectrum extender link
Only go through the Wi-Fi Settings panel on your smartphone or tablet before you activate the extender app.
Also, the user can go through by connecting ethernet port Cables.
Our standard router is called 0606 Hyperoptic, and on both the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz bands, you can see that it transmits Wi-Fi.
You can also see that on the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz frequencies, the range extender transmits its own wi-fi signals again.
You can already be linked to the range extender if you have used WPS to get started.
We can start the app now that we've linked our smartphone to the range extender. In order to establish a private account, most manufacturers may request that you enter an email address and password.
Then the app scans the area and lists all the other Wi-Fi networks it has found.
The app will probably start with the 2.4GHz band, and right at the top of the list, you will see our 0606 Hyperoptic 2.4GHz router network.
Now we need to select the 2.4GHz network of the router so that the app can connect the configuration of the router and the Netgear AC1200 range extender together.
The Wi-Fi Merging
The app now asks you to enter your router's 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network password. This enables the range extender to attach a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi signal of its own to our main router's 2.4GHz signal.
You'll also need to repeat the 5GHz band phase as well.
When this is achieved, the range extender is connected to the router on both Wi-Fi bands, and this enables the New range extender Setup to serve as a kind of relay so that your computers and mobile devices in rooms that usually have weak Wi-Fi can now connect to your router via the range extender.
That's a little confusing, but the software allows you to change the name of the network for the range extender to something that is easier to remember.
By naming it 'Range Extender 2.4GHz' and 'Range Extender 5.0GHz', let's keep it easy.
However, just note that the range extender is still sitting right next to our router, so now it's time to unplug and move the range extender further forward.
You should start by placing it about halfway between the router and the room or other place where the Wi-Fi signal needs to be boosted.
Note: If you still face any issues setting up your wifi range extender from the default login setup page, you can still log in via the IP address of the default login, i.e. 192.168.1.250.