How to Configure FastLane Technology on Netgear WiFi Extender
A Netgear WiFi extender is a lot helpful in amplifying and extending the existing WiFi signals around your home network, even in backyard and garage. Apart from this, the extenders come wrapped within a layer of useful features about which you don’t even have a flea in your ears. One such amazing yet little-known feature of Netgear extenders is FastLane Technology. After new extender setup, you can enable FastLane technology which is perfect for HD video streaming and online gaming.
This how-to tutorial will explain what FastLane Technology is and how to configure it with ease. Let’s take the plunge.
What is FastLane Technology in Netgear Extenders?
This technology is meant to enhance the performance of your extender. When a Netgear extender works in the normal operating mode or internet surfing mode, it enables devices on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands to connect simultaneously. Though this extends the current WiFi network to a great extent, it slows down the WiFi performance.
But when you enable FastLane Technology on your extender, you will get superior WiFi performance. In FastLane Technology, there are two bands. One frequency band connects the extender and WiFi device whereas the second band connects the extender to your WiFi router. This technology provides supreme wireless performance. It is ideal for HD gaming and video streaming.
Once you enable FastLane Technology on your extender, you have two options:
- Make use of the 2.4 GHz band to connect your Netgear extender to WiFi devices and 5 GHz band to connect the extender to your home router. Utilize this mode in case your home router provides support for 5 GHz band but the devices you are utilizing to access the internet, video streaming or play online games support 2.4 GHz band.
- Connect the extender to WiFi devices using 5 GHz band and connect the extender to WiFi router using 2.4 GHz. This mode works if your WiFi router provides support for 2.4 GHz band whereas the devices you use for streaming and gaming support 5 GHz band.
So this was all you need to get familiar with the FastLane technology. Now, let’s get to know how to configure it on your Netgear WiFi range extender.
Enable FastLane Technology on Netgear Extender
For this purpose, you will need a Netgear WiFi range extender i.e. EX6100, EX6200 or WN2500RP and a dual-band WiFi router. Once you have both of these devices with you, follow the instructions mentioned below to configure FastLane Technology on your extender:
- Power on your Netgear wireless range extender by plugging it into an electrical outlet.
- Connect any WiFi-enabled device like a PC or laptop to the extender. This device is known as a client device.
- Now, open a web browser such as Firefox, Chrome, IE, Edge, Safari, etc.
- Go to mywifiext.net local web page.
- It will ask for admin details i.e. username and passphrase.
- Fill in the required credentials and hit Login.
- You will be directed to the Netgear extender dashboard.
- Choose the FastLane technology radio button.
- It will give you two options: ‘Device-to-extender in 2.4 GHz only and extender-to-router in 5 GHz only’ and ‘Device-to-extender in 5 GHz only and extender-to-router in 2.4 GHz only’.
- Select the one you want to enable.
- Finally, click on the Apply button.
Let the settings be saved. You have enabled the FastLane technology on your Netgear extender. Disconnect all your connected WiFi devices and reconnect them with the new settings.