How to Connect a WiFi Repeater to a Router

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Updated August 9, 2022

If you are looking to expand the range of your wireless network, you may want to learn how to connect a WiFi repeater to a router. Even the best routers, after all, sometimes can do with a little help from a repeater or extender. Keep reading to learn about how to perform this connection.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Connecting a wireless repeater to a router can help you eliminate wireless network dead spots throughout your home, thus increasing the overall Internet connection and your Wi-Fi signal.
  • The process to connect a wireless extender or repeater to your Wi-Fi network is fairly simple but does require a wired connection to a PC.
  • Once connected, check Internet speeds and the efficiency of your range extender via your preferred troubleshooting methods.

Connecting a Wireless Repeater to a Router

Wireless repeaters come in extremely handy when it comes to creating new wireless access points throughout the home. If you are wondering how mesh Wi-Fi works, the process is similar to how a repeater works, with hubs replacing the repeater devices.

Insider Tip

A wireless repeater needs to be plugged in to perform its necessary functions, so keep that in mind.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to connect a wireless repeater to your wireless router.

STEP 1

Make sure your router is connected to your modem via Ethernet cable and that an Internet signal is being successfully transmitted to various connected devices.

STEP 2

Plug your wireless repeater into the wall, close to the PC you will be using for setup. Connect the repeater to your computer via the Internet/LAN port with an Ethernet cable.

STEP 3

The steps vary depending on your operating system, but head to “Network and Sharing Center” to get started setting up the repeater.

STEP 4

Once plugged in, your wireless repeater should be recognized by the PC, showing up as a wired network under “Local Area Connection.” Left-click this connection and then click on “Properties.”

STEP 5

Select “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” or “TCP/IP Protocol” if there is just one option. Click on “Properties” and then change “Obtain an IP address automatically.” Enter your router’s IP address.

STEP 6

Test the repeater by performing the usual troubleshooting steps. These steps will also come in handy if you are wondering why your Wi-Fi extender is slow and will also work if you’re trying to connect two Wifi extenders.

Repeaters Vs Mesh Networks

Wireless router mesh networks are considered to be more efficient and speedier than Wireless repeaters, though they are also much more expensive. Still, mesh networks offer an easier setup and a more reliable connection, which are things to consider before making a purchase.

F.A.Q.S

How do Wi-Fi extenders work?

A range extender works by rebroadcasting the signal from your Wi-Fi network throughout the home. A range extender works with a wide variety of WiFi networks.


What devices can I use with the network extender?

Any mobile device that uses your Wi-Fi network via your WiFi router can benefit from a range extender, from smartphones to gaming consoles and beyond.


Where should I place my network extender?

Place your range extender anywhere in your home where mobile devices struggle to get a wireless signal or maintain a wireless connection.



STAT: A Wi-Fi extender connects with your router (either wirelessly or through a wired connection) to help extend your internet signal into rooms that are Wi-Fi dead zones due to walls, furniture obstructions, or general spacing. It’s a separate device that sits between your wireless router and the areas where you want stronger Wi-Fi coverage. (source)

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