How to Configure a Netgear Extender

Eliminate Wi-Fi dead spots in your home with a Netgear extender.
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The Netgear Genie Smart Setup wizard enables you to configure your Netgear extender through the Web browser of a device that's connected to your current Wi-Fi network. You need to know some details about your Wi-Fi network -- such as the network’s password -- to complete the configuration. Since the extender pushes your current Wi-Fi network’s signal beyond its current limit, you won’t have to worry that the wireless signal will drop unexpectedly at a critical moment, such as submitting an assignment online.

Put the extender as close to the Wi-Fi router as possible. You can move the extender to its new location after you complete the configuration process.

Connect the extender to an electrical outlet, and then wait approximately one minute for the device's Status LED to turn green.

Click the "Network" icon in the taskbar on your computer, and then select "Netgear_Ext" from the list of Wi-Fi Networks to establish the connection.

Launch a new browser window to open the Netgear Genie Smart Setup page. If the page doesn't open, enter "" (without quotes here and in subsequent commands) in the browser's address bar. Type "admin" in the Username field and "password" in the Password field to open the page.

Select your Wi-Fi network and click "Continue." Enter your network's password in the PassPhrase box, and then click "Continue."

Enter a new name for the extender's Wi-Fi network in the "2.4GHz Network Name (SSID)" box, and then click "Continue." Select the "Use the Same Security Mode" check box to apply the security settings that your current Wi-Fi network uses to the extender's Wi-Fi network.

Connect all of your computers and wireless devices to the extender's new Wi-Fi network.

Click the "My wireless devices are connected to the Extender network" check box, and then click "Continue.

Disconnect the extender from the electrical outlet and relocate the device to a location that has a weak wireless signal from your original Wi-Fi network.

Connect the extender to a power source, and then wait for the Status LED light to turn green.

  • Information in this article applies to a Netgear Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender WN3000RP and Windows 8. Instructions may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.

An avid technology enthusiast, Steve Gregory has been writing professionally since 2002. With more than 10 years of experience as a network administrator, Gregory holds an Information Management certificate from the University of Maryland and is pursuing MCSE certification. His work has appeared in numerous online publications, including Chron and GlobalPost.