To improve and increase the range of your WiFi network, it is important for you to connect your Netgear Nighthawk extender to your existing home WiFi network. Using the WPS i.e. the WiFi-Protected Setup method, you can easily complete Netgear WiFi Extender Setup process within a matter of minutes without any issue.
To set up and install the Netgear Nighthawk tri-band extender using WiFi-Protected Setup
- Turn on your Netgear Nighthawk extender.
- Place it closer to your WiFi router and after that, plug it into a damage-free wall socket.
- Plug your extender into an electrical outlet.
- Wait for the power LED to illuminate a solid blue color and becomes solid green.
- Don’t worry if the power LED doesn’t light up. Just push the power button on your range extender to get the job done.
- Afterward, press the WPS button on your range extender. Hold it for 10-15 seconds. Release it after that.
- For a few seconds, the WPS LED will blink white and will become blue after 30-40 seconds. For the completion of Netgear WiFi extender setup, press the WPS button on your main networking router also.
- When your range extender connects to the existing router, the WPS LED will become solid white and after that, solid blue. If the Link Status LED illuminate or lights white and then blue, then it means that the connection between your router and Nighthawk extender is good. And, if the Link Status LED lights red or amber, then you have to search a new spot for your router and the range extender and try again later after 2-3 minutes for the Netgear Nighthawk setup process.
Note: If your existing WiFi router supports the 5 GHz (Gigahertz) band, your Netgear Nighthawk extender attempts to connect to your router’s 5 GHz (Gigahertz) band the very first time you push the WPS button. If your Nighthawk range extender did not connect to the existing WiFi router’s 5 (Gigahertz) GHz band, then repeat the entire WPS process again.
- After the Netgear WiFi extender setup process, you can move your range extender to your preferred location that must be halfway between your existing router and the area with poor WiFi signals (also known as dead zone or blind spot).
- Its Link Status LED will help you choose a perfect spot where the extender-to-router WiFi connection is optimal.
- If you get a poor connection or no connection, move your Nighthawk range extender closer to your main WiFi router and try again until unless the Link Status LED becomes white or blue.
- Grab a computer or laptop to the location with a poor WiFi router coverage and connect it to the extended WiFi network.
Note: Your smart Nighthawk extender uses the same WiFi network settings as of your main networking router for its 2.4 and 5 GHz extended networks.
- For instance, if the Nighthawk extender connects to your router’s 2.4 GHz WiFi band, your extender uses the router’s 2.4 GHz wireless/WiFi settings for its networks both:
- If your Nighthawk extender connects to the existing router’s 5 GHz WiFi band, then your extender will use the router’s 5 GHz WiFi settings for both its WiFi networks.
Note: Since your existing WiFi router and extended networks share the similar WiFi network name (SSID) only 1 WiFi network name is broadcast.
Netgear Nighthawk setup using the WPS method has been completed successfully.