How to Use Netgear Router as Extender [Step-by-Step Guide]

Netgear Router as Extender

In case you are wondering how to use Netgear router as extender, then this blog post is specially penned down for you. Here, we have highlighted the entire process of setting up a wireless router as extender in the form of easy-to-understand instructions. But, right before you go through them, know that your router is by default set in Router Mode. For you to configure it as extender, you ought to switch to the Access Point Mode.

Now, the question which might be clouding your head might be, “What is the difference between the Router Mode and Access Point Mode?” Well, fret not. We have talked about this in the section below. Continue reading.

How is Access Point Mode Different from Router Mode?

To put it out, the major difference between the Router Mode and Access Point Mode is that in Router Mode, your Netgear wireless device functions like a normal device and all the features of the router are available.

But, in the Access Point Mode, the Netgear router behaves like a gateway for external devices to join. One can easily set up the router in AP mode in order to extend the existing WiFi. But, one downfall here is that some features are not available in AP Mode.

What Features Get Disabled When Router is in AP Mode?

Guest Network Remote Management Port Forwarding
Port Triggering Access Control VPN Service
Netgear Armor Parental Controls Traffic Meter
Block Sites LAN Setup WAN Setup
Internet Setup UPnP IPv6

Now that you have understood that difference between both modes, it is recommended that you do not waste any more time in reading the information provided below and learn how to use Netgear router as extender.

How to Use Netgear Router as Extender Hassle-Free?

Though you do have a choice of purchasing an extender and doing new extender setup, but in case you are keen on setting up your router as an extender, then keep reading.

Access an Updated Internet Browser

  • Get access to your client device and open a web browser on it.
  • You can put your favorite browser to use, i.e. whether it is Chrome or Safari.
  • Move the mouse cursor and take it to the URL field.

Precaution: Make sure that your internet browser is not running on an updated version, but it is also not accumulated with browsing history, cookies, and cache.

Enter the Default Web or IP Address

  • Enter the default web address of the router, i.e.
  • You can also put the default IP address of the router to use.

Does Every Router Have the Same IP Address?

The answer is not a yes. Most routers have the same one but for the rest, they may differ. By this we mean, if you have purchased model A, the IP address will vary and if you are using model Z, the address will again differ. On the off chance, you want to be absolutely sure about the IP; you ought to read what is there in the manual.

Precaution: Do not even think of using any other bar except the address bar for the process. Otherwise, the login window will not appear.

Input the User Name and Password

  • You will be taken to the administrative page of the router once you press Enter.
  • Now, you will be asked to enter the user name and password.
  • Keep the Caps Lock key off while entering them as they are case-sensitive.

Precaution: Do not enter the login password under the User Name field and vice-versa. Or else, you will invite more technical issues.

Shift from Router Mode to AP Mode

  • Soon the BASIC Home screen will come into view.
  • You need to click the advanced section. Select Advanced Setup > Wireless AP.
  • In case you are using a gaming router, select Settings > Setup > Wireless AP.
  • Thereafter, select the Access Point Mode. Click the Apply button.

Precaution: In case your laptop is not fully charged, avoid unplugging the charge connected to it from the wall socket. It will interrupt the process you are trying to finish.

Summing Up

This ends the blog post written on how to use Netgear router as extender. We are anticipating that after walking through the information given, you will be able to learn and execute the same. Also, we expect that now you have a clear picture of the difference between the Router Mode and Access Point Mode. We hope that now you will be able to expand the range of your WiFi network and access and extended WiFi network.

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