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Old 04-01-2018, 09:40 AM
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Default Anybody Know Anything About WiFi Extenders?

Daughter trying to put one in to get better connection upstairs

1st try didn't even light green

2nd - Netgear - seemed to connect properly, but once all set up could not connect devices to the extender.

failed to obtain IP address

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Which specific model do you have?
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From an Amazon review which over 3000 people found helpful:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-r...r_dp_d_rvw_btm
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Unfortunately, the answers are typical techno-speak and basically difficult or impossible to follow. So for those who cannot read between the lines of the instructions, the way you install this is:

1) Plug in the device. It will probably take several seconds, sometimes minutes, before the power light registers green. Do not despair. The instructions won't tell you that this will take some time, but it does.
2) Get out your iPad, Kindle Fire, or other WIRELESS tablet or device. DON'T EXPECT TO USE YOUR DESKTOP computer to make the connection. Go to the "Settings" of your wireless device and wait for it to recognize your router name plus a suffix ___EXT. When that appears, choose that wifi connection. You will be asked for the same password you use on your real router. Enter that password.
3) You will be taken to a website for setting up the extender. If you try to access this website from your DESKTOP computer, you'll get an error message. Once you get to this website, the instructions in the package will start to make sense.
4) When you've finished the set up, unplug the extender and take it to the location where you want to boost the wireless connectivity. Again, using your mobile device (or other computer), use the "Settings" menu to find the widi connection. Choose the network connection with your wireless name PLUS the ___EXT suffix. The password will be the same as your regular wifi network.
If that doesn't work, send it back and get a powerline-based extender pair (such as: https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-Power...dp/B00HSQAIQU/). They're a bit more expensive, but they'll generally pair with each other out of the box (albeit without encryption for the powerline signal) and IMO are easier to set up and test.
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You may have already thought of this, but it's not necessarily obvious if you don't know the true purpose of a wifi extender:

- Don't expect it to work well if you place it in the same room as the router, or at the other end of the house in the same room as the end-user devices. It's not a signal amplifier; it's a signal repeater, which may have less range in and of itself than the router it's working with. So it needs to sit close enough to the originating router to pick up its signal clearly, and also close enough to the intended endpoint to reach there, so the optimal point will generally be somewhere near the middle between the two endpoints.



By contrast, with a powerline extender pair you'll put one at each endpoint -- one wired up to the router, and the other in the room where it will be used the most. The signal will run between them via your home's electric wiring, so wifi range is not a concern for them to talk to each other.
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Mostly i know that we got one, and now we have decent signal everywhere in the house, including the far bedroom and the basement. Our extender is much more powerful than the router.
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Mostly i know that we got one, and now we have decent signal everywhere in the house, including the far bedroom and the basement. Our extender is much more powerful than the router.
Which one are you using?
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Something from Netgear. Chuck says, "if I'd bought the next most expensive one, it would have allowed us to use the same network names and passwords as the main router. Instead, this one sets up satellite networks. If I'd realized that, I would have bought the more expensive one."

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Old 04-02-2018, 08:27 AM
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Another thing that can help, if it applies, is if you have an ethernet cable wired to another part of the house to pop a router there.

My parents have their router at the far end of the house, yet have a cable wired over for their TV yet had horrible internet nearby so rather than trying to extend the original router's signal they put a second router near the TV and it solved the problem.
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