How to Connect a PC to a Wi-Fi Extender

What to Know

  • A Wi-Fi extender is a stand-alone piece of equipment which requires you to have an existing network connection.
  • You will need to press the WPS labeled button on both the Wi-Fi extender and the wireless router.
  • The extender should go in a centralized location, between where the router is located and the area where the signal strength is weak.

This article explains how to connect a Wi-Fi extender to your PC to improve the signal strength in certain areas of your home.

The Wi-Fi extender is a device that can rebroadcast an existing Wi-Fi signal in your home. This is especially helpful if you have a home with two-stories or many interior walls, which can negatively affect your Wi-Fi signal strength.

How to Set Up a Wi-Fi Extender

Wi-Fi extenders come in various price points, shapes and sizes. The extender usually has several antennas attached. The Wi-Fi extender plugs into a power outlet in your home and rebroadcasts an existing wireless signal. Ideally, you want to set the Wi-Fi extender up in a centralized location in your home.

A central location would be somewhere in the middle of your home and opposite of where your router is located and the room where the signal strategy is weak.

  1. Plug the Wi-Fi extender into an outlet in a central location of your home.

  2. The Wi-Fi extender should begin to flash rapidly on the green LED lights in the front of the unit.

  3. Press the “WPS” labeled button on the Wi-Fi extender.

  4. Now press the “WPS” labeled button located on your router.

  5. You should notice two new networks show up with the name of your original Wi-Fi network, except now there will be a 2GHZ and 5GHZ attached to the end of the network name.

    2G and 5G extended networks in Windows Wi-Fi settings
  6. Click either of these networks and you will be prompted to enter a password.

  7. The network password will be the same password you already use on your main Wi-Fi network.

  8. Now you will be connected to the extended network.

  9. The Wi-Fi extender successfully cloned your original Wi-Fi network and rebroadcast the signal around your home.

Can You Use a Wi-Fi Extender With a PC?

The Wi-Fi extender is designed to rebroadcast an existing wireless signal, which means you can use a Wi-Fi extender with virtually any tech device, including a PC. The network will simply have a stronger signal in areas of your home where it was weak before. The process of setting up the Wi-Fi extender does not require a PC.

Why Won’t My Computer Connect to My Wi-Fi Extender?

A Wi-Fi extender itself is a fairly simplistic device, as it basically rebroadcasts an existing signal throughout the home. If the boosted Wi-Fi connection isn’t showing up correctly or connecting, there are a few things you will need to check.

  1. Check the original connection to make sure the internet is active. Sometimes there can be an internet outage and you might not realize it.

  2. Make sure all the correct cables are connected to the router, such as the Ethernet cable.

  3. Make sure the Wi-Fi extender is plugged into a satisfactory outlet. A power strip is not sufficient enough power source for a Wi-Fi extender to be plugged into.

  4. It’s important to press the WPS button simultaneously on both the Wi-Fi extender and the router at the same time. Failure to do so will result in the two devices not connecting.

  5. Make sure your PC’s Wi-Fi is enabled. A small mistake can cause a major headache when it comes to setting your new extended network up.

FAQ
  • What is the difference between a Wi-Fi repeater and a Wi-Fi extender?

    Rather than expanding your existing network, Wi-Fi repeaters create a separate network on your router to expand the signal. The downside is that the new network shares bandwidth with the original, which slows down all connected devices.

  • What is the best Wi-Fi extender?

    Top-of-the-line Wi-Fi extenders include the Netgear Nighthawk X4 EX7300 and Netgear Orbi RBS50Y. Some of the more budget-friendly options include the Netgear EX3700 and the TP-Link RE505X.

  • How do I use a router as a Wi-Fi extender?

    If you want to use a router a Wi-Fi extender, connect your old router to your main one via Ethernet and place it in AP Mode. Or, switch into Repeating Mode to use it as a Wi-Fi repeater. You can also turn a laptop into a Wi-Fi extender.

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