Netgear N300 Extender Setup
If you want to extend your wireless signal to reach places that have a weak signal to no-signal at all. The N300 WiFi range extender has a WPS feature which allows you to easily connect to devices with the WPS capability without needing to type the wireless password or run the setup wizard.
Here we show the step-by-step procedure on how to set up the N300 Wireless Range Extender using the WPS button and using 192.168.1.250.
Netgear N300 Setup via mywifiext.net or 192.168.1.250
Steps to follow:-
- Plugin the Netgear Range Extender close to your router.
- Once the power LED turns amber that means it is ready for Setup.
- Now grab any of your laptop or cell phones and go to WiFi list.
- Look for Netgear Extender’s default network name i.e Netgear_Ext.
- Join that network and open a browser like (google, safari or firefox).
- In the URL or the address bar, you need to type mywifiext.net or 192.168.1.250.
- Once the Setup page opens up its will take you too, “New Extender Setup”.
- Hit “new extender setup” and create a login account for your Netgear extender.
- After that, it will ask you to select your main WiFi Name among the list of the available networks.
- Type in the password for the selected network and in case your router supports 5GHz follow the same process again for the second band.
- Your N300 WiFi range extender will now process all the information you have entered which approx takes around 60 seconds.
- Once configured you will have solid green router LED on the extender.
- You can now unplug the Netgear N300 WiFi range extender and place it halfway between your router and the area of less connectivity.
- As you connect any your device to the extended network the fourth LED on the N300, which is the device LED will lit up.
NOTE:- In case 192.168.1.250 doesn’t work try resetting the extender, or change the browser.
Netgear N300 Setup via WPS
- Place the extender to the closest possible wall outlet near your router.
- Once the blinking amber light turns solid that means it is ready for Setup.
- Now push the WPS on the left side of the extender.
- Within the minute push the WPS on your working router.
- Once the Netgear range extender is configured you will have a solid green LED on the WPS and Router.
- Now you can unplug the range extender and place it halfway between your router and the area with the poor WiFi signal.
- The password for configured Extender is same as your Router.
Netgear Extender Setup Without WPS
When we are attempting to connect to a WiFi signal which is too far or weak, we connect to an extender WiFi signal instead which amplifies the WiFi signal. The extender is connected to the WiFi. This way the WiFi coverage is expanded and you can connect to more devices. Also, it shows very good compatibility for Apple devices. We should choose a good centralized location for placing the extender. Avoid placing it on WiFi dead zones. So for wider coverage, we use Netgear wifi range extender n300 setup and for basic coverage, we go for “WN1000RP”model.
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The Netgear n300 wifi range extender setup steps without using wps:-
- Make sure the Extender is in same room as your WiFi router(in the beginning of set up process).
- Plug your Netgear n300 into an electrical outlet(like a power socket) and turn it on.
- Make sure the extender power button has been switched on and it will start the booting process which will take a few seconds. The power LED light should turn Green. If the process fails, press the power button again.
- To connect your device(computer or any other WiFi enabled device) having a web browser to the extender, insert one end of the Ethernet cable to the extender and other one to the Ethernet port on the computer.
- Connect your device’s WiFi network manager to NETGEAR_EXT(SSID) (Extender WiFi network). The device’s LED light will light up green if it is done right.
More steps for Netgear N300 Setup
- We will visit the NETGEAR genie Smart Setup on Browser. Type http://mywifiext.net or http://192.168.1.250 in address bar of connected device’s web browser and then press enter. Login using Admin username and password that you chose during set-up. By default the username is “admin” and password is “password”.
- Select your WiFi router’s network to extend and click Continue.
- Type the network password or security key in the network Password field.
- Set the SSID network Name and Password fields for your new extender WiFi network and press Continue.
- Now connect to the WiFi network created by the extender.
- Under Security Options(in setup->Wireless settings), make sure that Network key Password matches your router password.
- Reconnect your WiFi devices to the extender.
- Click Finish after all the steps and your browser will lose connection to the extender and the extender’s LED light will stop flashing if connected. The extender is now configured with your router. We will now place the extender in a centralized location. As you move the extender, make sure the lights are all green and not red.
NOTE:- In case your router’s physical WPS button is not working, you can use the virtual button by logging into the router. If still, you can not use the WPS setup method then use the 192.168.1.250 web method to set up the N300 Netgear extender. For more information, you can visit on mywifiext website.
N300 LED LIGHT STATUS
You will be able to spot 5 different LEDs on this model of the Netgear extenders. Let’s take a look at them one after the other.
- The first one is the router link LED. It depicts the connection between the router and the extender. If you see this LED in a bright green mode it denotes that the connection is strong. On the other hand, if it lights up a bright amber then it means that the connection is not in the best phase but good enough to be worked with. If it lights up in a red hue it means that the connection is poor and the extender or the router needs to be repositioned. The off status of the light denotes the absence of a connection.
- The next one in line is the client link LED. It lights up a green solid in the scenario of a strong connection between the device and the extender. The amber and red denote a good and poor connection respectively, just as mentioned previously. The light stays off when there is no connection.
- The next one is the power LED that shows a solid green light when the extender is powered on and amber when the extender is booting. It obviously remains off when the extender is powered off.
- Last but not least is the direction LEDs or the arrows. There are two arrows that depict left and right and two signs that depict the router and the client device. When the connection decreases between the client and the extender, the client sign lights up along with the direction in which the device needs to be moved for a better connection. The same happens with the router. If the router has a weak connection with the extender then the router sign lights up along with the direction in which the extender needs to be moved for a better connection.
Then comes the WPS LED. It flashes a solid green when the WPS connection is successfully made and a blinking green in case of an ongoing connection. It remains off when the connection is running without WPS.
N300 FIRMWARE UPDATE
In order to keep your extender working in the optimal condition you will need to update it regularly. For that you will need to open up your browser while being connected to your extender. Type http://mywifiext.net on the address bar and log in to the redirected site. If you have, personalized your password use ‘password’ as the code. After logging in check for the maintenance menu and find the update prompt under it.
Click on check for updates and download them on your computer. You may need to unzip the files. Follow the procedure again and press on browse this time and then select the firmware files to upload them. After this, the extender will update itself and remain offline during the update procedure.
HOW TO RESET N300 EXTENDER
The procedure to return your extender to its factory settings is quite simple. You will need to insert a straightened paper clip into the reset hole present under the extender. After holding it for five seconds the power LED will shine solid amber and you can release the button. The amber light will be on for about 30 seconds after which all LEDs will light up once and then go off. The power LED will flash green. The extender will then return to its factory settings.
NETGEAR N300 REVIEW
The Netgear N300 doesn’t have a very sophisticated or futuristic body design and isn’t very pleasingly symmetrical but does a good job at what it is supposed to do. The range extension is quite amazing and relative to its size. The extender has two external antennae which are a total turn off in the references of most people. The company claims that they help it extend the range better.
Though internal antennae are becoming an aesthetic to the clean appearance lovers, this extender is still selling like hotcakes. The extension power is good and so is the durability of the device. It is easy to setup and manage.
It is quite helpful in assisting you to decide the best place for your extender. The LEDs are quite easy to comprehend and understand and give out clear messages. The N300 is also very compact and can fit into spaces easily thanks to its square-like design. It is also quite easy on the budget and is indeed, one of the best extenders available for the specific price range that it falls into. Highly recommended for small scale uses.