How to mount a range extender for Wi-Fi
With many of us now operating from home, or only snacking on Netflix and YouTube because of blackout limitations, it’s easy to find that even though you have one of the best wireless routers you can afford the money, your home Wi-Fi network begins to fail with all that online activity.
In order to enhance their home Wi-Fi, many people purchase new routers, and even expensive hybrid networking systems, but a basic Wifi range extender will also offer a more affordable option.
As the name suggests, from your current router, a range extender will upgrade the Wi-Fi, enabling it to enter upstairs bedrooms, or out into the backyard.However, setting them up can be a little complicated, so here’s our simple guide to getting started with Wi-Fi range extenders.
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1. Picking the best model
When setting up a range extender, the first move is clearly to determine whether you want to buy an inspection to check that exposure is linked to a mains power socket or a wider model that needs to rest on a desk or shelf.
Although a laptop can be controlled by two, such as Ethernet ports, which may also be helpful, the plug-in versions are really handy. We’re trying to go for this TP-Link RE650 extender, which is an easy and economical plug-in solution for almost $120/£80/AU$180. The set-up process for desktop versions, however, would also be similar.
2. To get started
You will start the set-up process, regardless of which room you decide to use it in, with the range extender plugged in and sitting as fairly close to your main router.
There is now a WPS button (‘Wi-Fi Safe Set-up’) on traditional routers and range extenders that generates a two-minute window by which the two devices can link to each other without the Wi-Fi password being required. In the case of every brand’s extender setup, for instance, Linksys Extender Setup, the same process is followed.
3. Wi-Fi range extender link
Only go through the Wi-Fi User to perform on your smartphone or tablet before you activate the extender app.
Our standard router is called 0606 Hyperoptic, and on both the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz bands, you can see that it transmits Wi-Fi. You may also see that the Wi-Fi range extender communicates its own wi-fi signals called TP-Link-Extender-2.4GHz and TP-Link-Extender-5GHz-on the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz bands again.
You can be linked to the range extender if you have used WPS to get started. So either, to mount your smartphone to the WI-FI range extender, you can simply tap TP-Link Extender 2.4GHz.
4. Wi-Fi Dual-Band Range extender setup
We can start the TP-Link app now that we’ve attached our smartphone to the range extender. In order to determine a private account, most companies may demand that you enter an email address and password.
Then the app examines the area and lists all the other Wi-Fi networks it has found. The app will probably announce with the 2.4GHz band, and right at the top of the list, you will see our 0606 Hyperoptic 2.4GHz router network. We also must choose the 2.4GHz network of the router so that the app can join the router and the range extender together.
5. The Wi-Fi Merger
The app now requires you to enter your router’s 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network password. This helps the range extender to link a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi signal of its own to our main router’s 2.4GHz signal.
You’ll still need to perform the 5GHz band phase as well. When this is achieved, the range extender on all Wi-Fi bands is connected to the system, and this encourages the range extender to function as a kind of relay so that the computers and mobile phones can now connect to the router through the range extender in rooms that typically have bad Wi-Fi.
6. Names for networks
This is where stuff can get a little complicated. The Wi-Fi network of the range extender was named TP-Link Extender on both the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz bands at the outset of the set-up process.
But now that the range extender is connected to our router, the app is updating the name of the Wi-Fi range extender to use the same name as the Wi-Fi network of our router – 0606 Hyperoptic.
However, it adds ‘EXT’ at the top – 0606 Hyperoptic 1GB Fibre 5G-EXT – so you can always say the current network of the range extender apart from the usual network of the router.
7. Midway Home
That’s a little difficult, but the software helps you to change the name of the network for the WIFI range extender Application to one that is easier to recall.By labeling it ‘Range Extender 2.4GHz’ and ‘Range Extender 5.0GHz’, let’s keep it straightforward.
Even so, just note that the range extender has been located right next to our router, so now it’s time to unplug and move the range extender further forward. You can start by locating it halfway between the router and the room or some other place where the Wi-Fi signal needs to be enhanced.
8. Place, Field where the extenders installed
Now take a peek at the app on the range extender. At the moment, the range extender is about halfway between our primary router and our home office, where the Wi-Fi beam appears and is a little small.
However, the app tells us that the router and the range extender have a very strong connection, so we can always move the range extender farther away from the router without breaking the connection. A ‘location assistant’ option is also included in the TP-Link app that will enable you to locate the right location for the range extender.
9. Out of focus moving
If we go back to the Wi-Fi Research confirms on our smartphone, we can now see that we have two or more networks: the default router (0606 Hyperoptic) on both the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz bands, and the network Range Extender, which is also on the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz bands.
You should turn to the Range Extender network to improve reception if you step into a location that is unable to pick up Wi-Fi from the router.
You’ve already put the Wi-Fi password for the router into the device, so you don’t have to do it again. However, every time you go back to the room with the dodgy Wi-Fi, you do need to choose the Range Extender network.
10. Completing Up
It is not too difficult for a traditional computer to switch between networks, such as a laptop that really can spend much of its time in a bedroom or office. However, with smartphones and tablets that travel around a lot more, it can be a bit inconvenient.
By mixing their own Wi-Fi system with the network from your main router, some of the more expensive range extenders – such as Netgear’s latest EAX80 model – will mitigate this problem.
This is called ‘roaming’ since, depending on which one is closer and has the best Wi-Fi signal, it switches between the router and the range extender automatically.