Today, we all purchase Netgear WiFi range extender to eliminate all the dead zones and blind spots in our home and have a consistent WiFi signal. Every user has its own requirements and usage.
There are multiple settings that we can use for the Netgear extender setup process. It completely depends on what we expect and what we need/require from our Netgear WiFi range extender. We can easily set up and install your Netgear extender as an access point (AP) or we could simply set and install it up as a simple wireless range extender.
The WiFi network name (SSID) of the WiFi extended by Netgear range extender
If our Netgear range extender and the main WiFi router use different WiFi network names (SSIDs), then we have to type mywifiext into the address field of a web browser. And, if our range extender and the router use the same WiFi network name (SSID), then we have to type the range extender’s default IP address into the address bar field i.e. 192.168.1.250.
Type of security
After choosing the network name, we have to choose a type of security that we have to apply on our WiFi network that is extended by the Netgear range extender. There are certain options like WPA (WiFi Protected Access), WPA2-Personal, and WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy).
We can easily choose any one of the above-mentioned security from the available options. After that, we have to choose a unique and strong password that we apply or put on our WiFi range extender to secure it from anonymous people. Note this down that if we chose the WPA2-Personal security, then we have to choose the password as per the need for this security.
Prior to applying the WPA and WEP security, we must know about them.
What is WPA security?
WPA stands for WiFi-Protected Access. It is a security protocol for wireless/WiFi networks. It was developed/establish to replace the WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) or to improve the features of WEP. It was introduced/started in the year 2003 with the 802.11i wireless standard.
802.11i is a WiFi/wireless standard for WLANs (wireless local area networks) which provides improved encryption/passcode for networks which use the popular 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g standards.
What is WEP security?
WEP stands for Wired Equivalent Privacy. Using some passcode (encryption) is always better than using nothing. But WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) is the least secure of these standards. We can’t use it if we avoid it.
Setting up the wireless network on 5GHz bandwidth
The installation and setup process of WiFi range extender can easily be done via mywifiext web address and after that, by following the on-screen instructions given on Netgear genie setup page. Also, we can make our Netgear range extender to improve and increase the WiFi signals in two bandwidths i.e. 2GHz and 5GHz.
If we want to extend the WiFi signal in single bandwidth only, then we can do in that way also. It completely depends on us what we require from our Netgear range extender. After choosing the wireless/WiFi network to extend in two (2) bandwidths, we can choose any WiFi network name (SSID) for those WiFi networks and the password/passphrase also. After that, we can use the 5GHz WiFi network with those wired and wireless devices that need more internet speed. For low-end services, we can also use the 2Ghz bandwidth WiFi signal.
A most important point to remember:- If we want to improve the performance of our Netgear device, we simply have to update Netgear extender firmware timely. For complete instructions on how to update Netgear extender’s firmware, call us at 1-844-697-8376.