In case you own an old router collecting dust, do not put it into bin as you can easily convert it into a wireless range extender. Do not need to waste your hard-earned money on pricey, new router or new extender setup when you can easily turn the old one into a range expander. In this post, we are going to show you how to get the job done. Scroll down to read more.
Choose whether you want a booster or simply another router
When you install new extender setup, you can increase the range and coverage of current signals. However, if you are using a wired connection using Ethernet in your house or workplace, you may wish to set it up as another router. To be clear, wireless boosters do not provide the same bandwidth as that of a dedicated access point.
Once you are done with Netgear WiFi range extender setup, it takes incoming signals from router and then transmits them repeatedly to widen the coverage area of your network. On the other hand, an access point is just another router that provides you wireless access to your home or office network.
In simple words, if there are no wires in your house or workplace, go for extender. Else, choose to use it as an access point.
Hard reset old router
Prior to configuring anything through mywifiext, ensure that your device is utilizing the default settings. If not, you will have to perform a hard reset on it. Here are the do-follow steps to get the job done:
- With router turned on, press and hold the factory reset button at the back or bottom side.
- Keep pressing the button for around 20 seconds.
- Once done, unplug your device.
Now, plug it back again and wait for its LEDs to turn on.
Set it up as a wireless booster
In case the access point is currently plugged in, unplug it right away. Make a wireless connection with it. Next, set username and password to log in. Follow the steps below to turn an old router into a wireless range extender:
- Under wireless section, click on basic tab.
- After that, set wireless mode to repeater.
- Enter the network name which should match your router.
- Click on add button.
- Make sure to set a unique SSID for new virtual interface.
- Click on save button before applying it.
After the process is completed, click on save button.
Now, go to security section. Here, you need to turn off SPI firewall and click on save button. At last, change the IP address of router to a different subnet. Once done, click on apply button. Restart your router and you are now all set to use it as a repeater. Thus, you can perform wireless extender setup.
Set it up as an access point
In order to get started, make sure that your old device is not plugged into any socket. Connect it wirelessly and set an admin username as well as password. Walk through the steps given below:
- Modify its local address to something that is not similar to your primary device.
- Under gateway section, type IP address which has used by your primary access point.
- Check for DHCP server and turn it off.
- Give WAN port to switch.
- Click on save button but not on apply.
Once you are done with the above-mentioned steps, head over to wireless section. Here, users will need to set wireless mode to ‘AP’. Make sure that router and access point have different channels from each other. Next, click on button that reads save.
Place your booster or another router
So, you have finally turned your old router into a range expander or access point. But where should you place it?
Given that a wireless repeater is all dependent on getting signals from your primary router, so put it in a blind spot or dead zone. Ideally, it should be placed nearby router but close enough to dead zone.
Alternatively, the access point should be put in far corners of blind spot provided that there is a wired connection available.