Is Your Extender Really Boosting the WiFi Range of Home Router?

You can set up and install a Netgear WiFi extender by either using the web browser setup or the WPS method. The web browser method requires you to log in to your extender’s default web address i.e. mywifiext Basically, it provides you with on-screen instructions to make the setup and installation process very easy for you. 

On the other hand, the WPS method or WiFi Protected Setup doesn’t require you to access any login page. Instead, you just need to press the WPS button on your Netgear WiFi range extender and router. Once done, your extender will be set up and installed. 

No matter which method you choose, at times, you are not able to ensure that your Netgear WiFi range extender is extending your home router’s WiFi range or not. Well, there are a handful of things by which you can easily get to know whether your extender is boosting the WiFi range of your home router or not. This tutorial will cover each of these things below. Let’s have a quick glance at them.

How do I Know My Extender is Boosting the Router’s, WiFi Range?

How do I Know My Extender is Boosting the Router’s, WiFi Range?

1. Check Router Link LED

Checking the status of the router link LED is the easiest way to confirm if your Netgear extender is working or not. A solid green router link LED shows that the Netgear wireless extender has a strong connection with your home router and it is working absolutely fine.

On the other hand, if the router Link LED is solid red or off, it signifies that the connection between your router and extender is poor or there is no connection at all. In this scenario, you will not be able to access any website like To resolve this issue, move your Netgear WiFi extender closer to your home router. Try placing them in the same room.

2. Check the List of Available Wireless Networks

Another way to check if your Netgear extender is working or not is to view the list of available WiFi networks. Check for a WiFi network name ‘your home network name_ext’ as well as its strength.

In case there is such WiFi network present on the list along with good signal strength, it indicates that your extender is boosting WiFi signals throughout the home and working fine.

3. Connect to WiFi Network Extended by Netgear WiFi Extender

If the above-mentioned ways didn’t clear your query i.e. ‘if my extender is working fine or not’, go with this method. For this, you need to connect any of your WiFi-enabled devices to the WiFi network that is amplified by your Netgear wireless range extender. 

As soon as you connect to that extended network, try running high-end services such as online gaming, live streaming, online shopping, online banking, and others to confirm if your extender is running smoothly or not. Also, access mywifiext local on a web browser to see if it is working or not. 

On the off chance that all these services are running without any issue or buffering, it indicates that your Netgear WiFi range extender is working at its best and providing the existing WiFi range in every corner of your house. 

Voila! Now, you know some important factors to check whether your Netgear extender is working absolutely fine or not. In case of any queries, feel free to reach out to us via the comments below.

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