How Do I Set Up My Wifi Extender With a New Router?
If you have replaced your router, you will need to set up your Wifi extender again for a securely established connection. Before we move to that, let’s look into what a Wifi extender actually is. This is important to make sure you do not confuse it with anything else in this complex tech world.
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What is a Wifi Extender?
Wifi extender, also known as Range Extender or Wifi Booster, is a device that expands the coverage of your Wifi signals and ensures that Wifi connection appears to be equally stronger in all the areas of your home. It operates as a bridge, capturing Wifi signals from your router and extending them to areas where signals are weak or non-existent. It results in the overall improved performance of your Wifi.
However, you need to know that you need to connect your devices to Wifi extender manually. If you do not do so, your devices remain connected to the router, and the Wifi extender does no good. To connect your device to Wifi extender is significantly crucial when you are in close proximity to your Wifi extender than to your router. A few advanced extenders have offered automated switching, so you need not do the job manually. Thus, no matter where you are, your device connects to the closer signals.
Connecting Wifi Extender to a New Router
Here, our main focus is going to be the connection of Wifi extender to your new wifi router, however. Many people ask if they need to reconfigure their Wifi extender if they have replaced their router. Well, definitely yes! Otherwise, how will your Wifi extender be able to rebroadcast your router signals?
There are two methods to connect your Wifi extender to a new router. These include:
- Through WPS
- Through Web GUI
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to set up your Wifi extender with a new router through both ways.
1. Through WPS
WPS only works for routers that do not come with WEP wireless encryption. This means that you can use this method only if your router’s wireless encryption is not set to WEP. If it is, you should directly jump to the second method mentioned below.
Follow these steps to set up your Wifi extender to a new router through WPS:
- Press the WPS button on your router for 5 seconds or until the WPS light starts blinking. This shows that the connection has initiated.
- Within a minute, press the WPS button on your Wifi extender and hold it for 5 seconds.
- Wait until the WPS indicator light stops blinking. This may take up to 5 minutes.
- Check your router link LED on your Wifi Extender. It will either be ON or OFF.
- If the router link LED is ON, your Wifi extender has successfully connected to your new router.
- If the router link LED is OFF, the connection failed to establish. In this case, repeat the steps from the start.
- In case your Wifi extender and router are dual-band devices, you must repeat the above steps. It takes time to configure the 5GHz network.
Also, you must take note that your Wifi extender must be placed at the right location. Only then it can establish a secure connection. The ideal location to place your Wifi extender is in the middle of your router and the area with weak or no Wifi signal.
2. Through Web GUI
Now, if your router comes with wireless WEP encryption, here’s the most successful way of connecting your Wifi extender to a new router. Follow the steps carefully:
- Reset your Wifi Extender. Press and hold the reset button for 10 seconds. Use a paper pin or clip as the reset button is usually small to keep holding with your finger.
- As Wifi extender completes its reboot, connect it to the default SSID
- Open the browser. You will be automatically redirected to the extender setup. If it does not redirect, enter 192.168.1.250 in your address bar.
- When the page opens, click New Extender Setup.
- Fill out all the required fields and create a new account. Click Next to continue.
- If your extender only supports AP mode, you will be offered to select how you want to set up your Wifi extender. In this case, click the Wifi Range Extender button, and you are good to go!
- The extender will search for all the available Wifi networks and display the list.
- Click on the Wifi network of your router and then press the Next
- If your extender and the new router support 5GHz band, then you should choose router 5GHz networks showing in the 5GHz networks list.
- In the password/network key field, enter the password of your network, and click the Next
- Set the new network name (SSID) and password (network key) of your extender network and click Next.
- As the network list populates, connect all your wireless devices to your new Wifi extender network using SSID and password you created in the above step.
- To complete the setup, click the Continue
- Click Next, and you will be moved to the registration process if you are already done with your product registration, select Skip Registration.
- Place your Wifi extender at its ideal location i.e., midway between the new router and the areas with weak or no Wifi signals.
This way, you will be done with your setup process. Enjoy strong Wifi connection, no matter how close or far you are from your router.
Setting up your Wifi extender with a new router is not a difficult thing to do. You need not hire a professional to do the job. A Wifi extender usually comes with the instructions to connect it to a router. Following those instructions, you can easily get done with the connection.
If not, identify if your router has a WEP wireless encryption or not. Once you do so, you are good to go ahead with one of the two