How to Setup NETGEAR AC 1200 Wi-Fi Extender
A NetGear AC 1200 Wi-Fi range extender, sometimes called a range expander, it is a type of wireless repeater used to amplify the reach of a wireless LAN (To know more about NETGEAR click on this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netgear ) . The extender is located in between a base router or access point and a client that is not close enough to receive acceptable service or one that is on the other side of the fence. NETGEAR AC 1200 Wi-Fi Range extenders are more effective for clients that can access a weak signal than for those that cannot access the signal at all. With so many complicated guides around you for “ How to set up NETGEAR AC 1200 Wi-Fi range extender”, we will try our best to make you understand in an uncomplicated manner as possible. Please follow the below mentioned steps.
After purchasing the best Wi-Fi Extender (NETGEAR AC 1200 Wi-Fi Extender), your next task is to actually install it and place it in the right place. Having the wrong or bad physical placement is the number one reason why your internet disconnect or dropping the connection often.
- Favourable NETGEAR AC 1200 Wi-Fi Extender Placement.
Firstly ensure that a full connection is available between your wireless extender “to” the main router. If the wireless connection between your Wi-Fi extender to the router is slow or weak, your speed is limited to the slowest connection even if your devices have full bar connection to the Wi-Fi Extender and you will also lose connection often.
If the signal between the extender to the router is not stable and drops often, that means your information signal to the main router will be unstable and dropped accordingly.
Afterwards your next step is to figure out the best location for the Extender to actually reach the dead zones around your house. Think about the location where you spend the most time with your devices and then figure it out. NETGEAR AC 1200 Wi-Fi Extender have the external antennae to help you reach those spots and you should use that to your advantage.
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- How to install NETGEAR AC 1200 Wi-Fi Extender by using Browser setup.
- First of all plug the extender into a power outlet and wait for the power LED to become solid green.
- Now use Wi-Fi client (Wireless Computer, Smartphones or Tablets) and connect to the NETGEAR_EXT wireless network (SSID).
- You can also use wired computer to install the extender. Make a connection between computer and the extender Ethernet port by using Ethernet cable.
- Once the wireless client is connected to the extender network the Device LED will turn ON.
- Afterwards open the internet browser and go to http://www.mywifiext.net.
- Click on new Extender Setup.
- Complete the extender setup screen and click on NEXT.
- Click on Wi-Fi range extender.
- Then select the Wi-Fi network that you would like to extend and click on Next.
- Enter the Wireless Password and Click on Next.
- Enter your preferred name and security settings, click on Next.
- Connect your wireless device to the NETGEAR AC 1200 Wi-Fi Extender and Click continue.
- Your extender is now configured as wireless range extender. Click on Next to proceed with registration.
- At last click Finish after completing the registration.
- How to install NETGEAR AC 1200 Wi-Fi Extender with WPS (Wi-Fi Protected setup).
- At first, Press and Hold the WPS button on the extender for about five seconds, The WPS LED on the front should blink.
- Now within two minutes press the WPS button on the router and wait for at least two minutes while the extender connects to your existing wireless network.
- If the connection is successful, then WPS LED on your Extender turns solid green and the 2.4 GHz Link Rate LED lights up.
Note: In case if 2.4 GHz Link Rate LED does not light up, repeat steps 1 and 2 or Ensure that whether your router supports WPS or not.
- If your router supports the 5 GHz band, just repeat steps 1 and 2 to connect the Extender to the 5 GHz band. If the connection is successful, then 5 GHz Link Rate LED on your Extender should light up.
Once the extender setup is complete, the extended network for each applicable band are broadcast as “network name_2GEXT” and “network name_5GEXT”. You can connect to the extender’s network using same password as that of the router’s network.
- Select the same Wireless Frequency and Bandwidth Channel.
When you are setting up a NETGEAR AC 1200 Wi-Fi Extender, you are required to select the same wireless frequency and bandwidth channel.
Next, make sure that the security profile is the same for both your router and the NETGEAR AC 1200 Wi-Fi Extender. For example, if you are using WPA2, Ensure that the security level remains same. You typically do not need the same Wi-Fi password. However, having the same password can help you manage your network much easier.
- Choose Different SSID
We recommend you to use a different SSID than your main router even if you have the choice to use the same SSID. The reason behind this is that having different SSID’s can ensure a proper connection between your devices to the “right” place. Many connection problems can emerge when you are moving around with your mobile device inside the house. Your mobile devices such as Google Android phone or Apple iPhone usually keep a wireless connection even when it is weaker. In short, when you have the same SSID for both the NETGEAR Wi-Fi extender and the router, your mobile devices would almost always stick to the weaker one instead of disconnecting the device and switch to the stronger one.
What is SSID?
SSID is the short form of Service Set Identifier, in general term SSID is the name for a Wi-Fi. People typically encounter an SSID most often when they try to connect their mobile device to the wireless network. Let’s try to understand SSID with an example, suppose if you take your laptop or mobile phone to the coffee shop and attempt to connect to the local Wi-Fi then your screen will display a list of SSIDs (Names of all the networks that are within range for your device). You are required to select the name of the local coffee shop network and enter the password (if necessary) to connect. In most case device identifies a secured network with a lock symbol next to SSID. Wi-Fi networks, Broadband Router or Broadband modem stores the SSID but allow the administrator to change it. The SSID is case sensitive (for e.g. ABC is different from abc) text string and can be as long as 32 characters.
Your mobile devices is usually have a setup that they always “look” for a new Wi-Fi connection when the existing one drops below a certain rating. When you have both main router and the Wi-Fi range extender with different SSID’s then it will be much easier for your device to connect with the strongest one and that makes most sense.
- Hardwire LAN ports of NETGEAR AC 1200.
Hardwire LAN ports of extender with the Ethernet cable connection. This should be done because by routing some of the wireless connection into hardwire, you free up some of the air time and generally improve the speed of the entire network. It also prevent the wireless packets being transmitted duplicated times between your devices.
- Prioritize Utilizing Main Router Instead of Extender.
In case if your client device is having the same signal strength from both the router and the NETGEAR AC 1200 Extender then always connect it to the main router SSID instead of extender. It is advisable to do if your device tend to stay in one spot.
You are required to do this because by connecting to the main router then it is avoidable having duplicate broadcasts from the router as well as extender. Only switch the NETGEAR AC 1200 Extender when you need the connection at the dead zones.
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