Do I Need to Reconfigure My Netgear Extender if I Replaced My Router?

The straightforward answer to this question is Yes! You need to reconfigure your Netgear extender if you have replace your existing WiFi router or gateway. You can easily reconfigure your WiFi range extender either via web GUI or using the WPS connection.

This post will walk you through how to reconfigure your Netgear WiFi range extender with your new router or gateway. Read on.

WPS (WiFi Protected Setup)

Note: WiFi Protected Setup (WPS) does not support the Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) wireless encryption. If your existing wireless router’s encryption is set to WEP, then reconfigure your Netgear range extender using web GUI.

  • If your existing WiFi router or gateway supports WPS, then press the WPS button on your device (router/gateway) until the WPS indicator lights in green color.
  • Press and hold the WPS button on your Netgear WiFi range extender.

Now, check if your router’s link LED on your Netgear extender is ON or OFF

  • If the link LED is ON, it means that your range extender is successfully connected to your existing router’s WiFi network.
  • If the link LED is OFF, it means that your range extender fails to connect to your router’s WiFi network.

To fix this issue, please repeat the steps 1-2 and try again.

  • If your Netgear WiFi range extender and your main wireless router are dual-band devices, repeat the entire above-mentioned steps to configure the 5GHz (Gigahertz) network.
  • Now, move your range extender to its preferred location that should be about halfway between your main router and the area without WiFi.

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The first step is the Netgear extender reset.

  • Reset your Netgear WiFi extender by pressing and holding the reset button using a paper clip, pin or any similar object.
  • Once your range extender has completed rebooting, you can connect your computer or laptop to the Netgear extender’s default network name.
  • Open a web browser and you see the new extender setup page.
  • Create an account and click on NEXT.
  • Select the WiFi network name of your main router or gateway and click on NEXT.
  • Now, enter the password in the password field and click on NEXT.
  • Set the SSID and network key of your new WiFi network and click on NEXT.
  • Connect your devices to your WiFi range extender and click on CONTINUE to complete the process.
  • Click on NEXT and proceed with the registration process. If your product is already registered, then click on Skip Registration.

Now, you can move your Netgear extender to its preferred location. But the location you choose must be within the range of your WiFi router.

In this way, you can reconfigure your Netgear WiFi range extender if you have replaced your wireless router. If you still face any technical issues, feel free to reach us anytime.

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