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How to Reset a Wi-Fi Extender – A Quick Guide

A Wi-Fi extender expands the range of your wireless network. But what if something goes wrong? Do you know how to reset wifi extender devices?

To reset a WiFi extender, locate the reset button on the device. Press and hold this button for about 10 seconds until the LED lights start blinking. Release the button and wait for the extender to reboot. This process restores factory settings, erasing any custom configurations such as network name and password.

Hand plugging in WiFi Extender into wall socket

If neither of these options works, you can unplug your extender, which will automatically reboot it.

The effectiveness of Wi-Fi extenders is limited by a variety of factors, like the speed of your internet connection, the distance from your router, the area of your home that requires Wi-Fi coverage, and how often your family uses it.

If you have issues with your connection speed, low Wi-Fi quality, constant buffering during streaming, or trouble connecting to the internet, then a possible solution is to reset your extender to its factory default settings. However, any Wi-Fi or wired devices will disconnect and you’ll have to reconnect them after the reboot. This includes all the ongoing active and inactive connections. The router’s RAM is also cleared during the process.

If you are concerned about whether you can move your Wi-Fi extender, don’t be. You can move it to a different outlet without having to set up the extender again, but only if it is within a reasonable range.

If you are unsure whether your Wi-Fi extender is working, go to your settings, and select ‘Status’ to check the internet status of your extender. If all is well, then this indicates that your extender is successfully connected to your router.

How often you use your extender will determine when you need to replace it. If your extender provides internet access to important devices or parts of your home, then it may be a good idea to replace it before it fails. But typical extenders can last for ten years or more, so this will not be a regular expense.

How to Reset NETGEAR Wi-Fi Extender

Wi-Fi Extender sitting on table

If you are unable to recover your Wi-Fi range extender’s admin password, a factory reset will be necessary.

To reset a NETGEAR Wi-Fi Extender, start by locating the “Factory Reset” or “Reset” button on the device. With the extender powered on, use a paperclip or similar object to press and hold the reset button for about seven seconds or until the device’s LED lights blink. Release the button, and the extender will reboot to its factory default settings, after which it can be set up anew.

A factory reset will prepare your device for a new installation by deleting all personalized settings. This includes your username, password, network name (SSID), and security settings. You can do this by plugging in your extender. If the power LED does not light, you will need to press the power or on/off button and then wait for the LEDs on your extender to stabilize. This may take a few minutes.

Find your extender’s Reset or Factory Reset button, which is usually located on the side or bottom panel behind a small hole in the device. Use a straightened paper clip or an object of similar size to press and hold the Reset or Factory Reset button until the Power LED blinks. This takes approximately ten seconds. Now all you need to do is wait for the LEDs on your extender to stabilize, which will also take a few minutes.

NETGEAR extenders will work with any standard Wi-Fi router. They are considered ideal for HD video streaming and gaming because they boost your existing network range. This performance boost delivers AC dual-band Wi-Fi at up to 750 Mbps. If you’re wondering where the ideal location would be to place your Wi-Fi extender, it will be halfway between your wireless router and your computer. However, bear in mind that your extender must be within the wireless range of the wireless router.

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Do You Need a Wi-Fi Extender?

You may find that you have certain dead spots in your house, areas where your Wi-Fi just doesn’t reach. We’ve all had experience of no Wi-Fi access outside our homes, poor Wi-Fi coverage in a large home, or slower Wi-Fi than a wired connection. In all these instances, the solution could be as simple as installing a Wi-Fi extender.

How to Reset Linksys Wi-Fi Extender

WiFi Extender

It can sometimes be a struggle to connect to your Wi-Fi. This is especially true after making changes to your computer setup or after adding additional devices. Should you need to reset your Linksys Wi-Fi extender, then follow the steps below to restore the default settings of your range extender.

To reset a Linksys Wi-Fi Extender, power on the device and locate the reset button, which is often found on the back or bottom. Press and hold the reset button with a paperclip for 10 seconds. The LED blinks to indicate that the device is resetting. Release the button and wait for the extender to restart, which may take a few minutes. The extender will be restored to factory settings and ready for reconfiguration.

If you are using a web browser, you need to connect to your extender’s Wi-Fi network first. Enter the extender’s IP address into the URL bar and enter the password requested to log in. When you see the Administration section, click on Factory Defaults, then click the Restore Factory Defaults button before pressing OK.

If you find it difficult to connect your Linksys Wi-Fi extender to the internet, it could be the result of improper placement. It is recommended that you avoid obstructions in the extender’s Wi-Fi signal path. Also, try to keep the router or extender away from any nearby electronic devices, as these may cause signal interference such as a slow wireless connection or a connection that drops repeatedly.

Linksys Wi-Fi extenders may cause internet issues related to outdated firmware. The solution requires that you simply upgrade the firmware to the latest version.

To make your life easier, you can download the Linksys app on your Android device via Google Play Store or the Google Play Website. It is free and allows you to access your home network, router features, settings, and configuration from any mobile device that is connected to your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router.

How to Reset TP-Link Wi-Fi Extender

WiFi extender plugged into wall outlet

If you are having trouble with your Wi-Fi extender and cannot connect to the router, you’ll need to reset your extender.

To reset TP-Link Wi-Fi Extender devices, locate the reset button pinhole on the side of the extender. Insert a paper clip to press and hold the reset button until all the indicator lights turn on for a moment. Once you have done this, the range extender should be reset to factory default settings.

The TP-Link Range Extender can connect to your router wirelessly, which strengthens and expands its signal into areas that cannot be reached on its own. But, if you’re struggling with a lack of internet access, it is more than likely that the culprit is wireless interference.

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Certain devices like cell phones, microwaves, stereos, and other electronic devices can interfere with the Wi-Fi signals coming from your extender. This results in dropped internet connections.

Can More Than One Extender Connect to a Single Router?

It’s okay to connect more than one extender to a single router, but not one extender to another one, wirelessly.

If you press the WPS button on your router, the device will automatically connect to the wireless network without having to enter the network password. If you find that you do not have a WPS button to connect to your extender, you will need to locate the Ethernet cable that runs from your router to your PC. Unplug the end connected to your PC and plug it directly into the range extender.

This will create a connection from the range extender to your PC.

I hope that the information I’ve provided here will help if you didn’t know how to reset wifi extender devices before.

ReadyToDIY is the owner of this article. This post was published on February 14, 2022.

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