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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Set Up a Netgear EX7000 WiFi Repeater (Wired)

 In This Guide

You'll Learn How To:
  • Set up your Netgear EX7000 Wi-Fi Range Extender.
Before We Begin:
  • Have your home Wi-Fi network name and password.
  • Be at your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

1 Physical Set Up

  1. Connect the three antennas, and either attach your Range Extender to the stand, or put the small non-slip pads on the bottom.
  2. Place your Range Extender about half-way between your Router, and the Wi-Fi devices you're having trouble with.
  3. Plug the power cable into the back of your Range Extender.
    Back of Range Extender with power port highlighted.
  4. Plug the power cable into the wall.
    Plug into outlet.
  5. Turn on the Range Extender by pressing the power button on the back.
    Back of Range Extender with Power button highlighted.
  6. If you are using a Wired device where the Range Extender is located, plug it into one of the Ethernet ports now, as well.
    Back of Range Extender with ethernet ports highlighted.
  7. The Netgear logo will light up.

2 OS Choice

There are 2 main Operating Systems for personal computers currently available, Windows and macOS. This guide is for Windows

Windows runs on computers produced by multiple companies, such as Lenovo, Asus, Dell, Toshiba, Hewlett Packard, Acer, and Sony.Windows 10

3 Wired or Wireless

A wired connection is provided by an Ethernet cable. Most commonly, these are used by desktop computers and other equipment you don't move around often.

Ethernet cable plugged into device

4 Initial Setup

  1. Open your prefered browser.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. Type in and press Enter or Return on your keyboard.
    Chrome address bar with address filled in and highlighted.
  3. Select New Extender Setup.
    Netgear Extender Welcome screen with New Extender Setup highlighted.
  4. Create your account. This is used to log in and change settings on your Wi-Fi Range Extender in the future. When you're done filling this out, select Next.

    This password has nothing to do with your Wi-Fi connectivity, it's only used to manage the Range Extender in the future. Choose one that is easy for you to remember, but hard for others to guess.

    Initial administration account creation with each field and Next button highlighted.
  5. Your Extender can be used as an Access Point; connected with an Ethernet cable that's run a long distance to your router. We're setting up as a range extender, without an extra Ethernet cable. Select WiFi Range Extender.
    Setup type with WiFi Range Extender highlighted.
  6. Select your Wi-Fi Network from the list.
  7. Enter your Wi-Fi password for your router's network for both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks, then select Next.

    These are the passwords you'd normally use to connect to your home Wi-Fi connection.

    Wi-Fi password entry with each password field and the Next button highlighted.
  8. You'll be asked to name your extended networks, and give them passwords. These are the names you'll see when you connect to the range extender, and the password you'll use. Once setup as you want, select Next.

    By default, the extender will add _EXT, _2GEXT, or _5GEXT to the end, and use the same password as your router's Wi-Fi. These are perfectly fine choices!

    Extended network information with network name and password for both 2.4 and 5 GHz networks, and Next button highlighted.
  9. Your range extender will reboot with the new settings in place.

5 Complete Setup

  1. Return to your browser.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. Select Continue, if a message opened.
  3. Your network information will be displayed. Select Next when you're ready to continue.

    You will need these settings to connect your devices! It's a good idea to write down this information or print it out, so it's easier to get to later on.

    Network Information displayed with Next highlighted.
  4. You'll be asked to register your Range Extender, to get updates and information about your Netgear products. Fill out the form, choose if you'd like to Bookmark the range extender settings page, if you'd like to get Email messages from Netgear, then select Finish.
    Registration with fields and Finish button highlighted.

6 Choosing a Location

Once fully setup, you can relocate your Range Extender to an ideal location in your home. Simply plug it in in the new location; it will save all the settings you entered and be operational a few minutes after you plug it in.

When placing your range extender, there's a couple things to consider:

  • At least six feet from your router.
  • About half way between your router, and the devices having problems with their Wi-Fi connection.

Visual Example

Without Range Extender
Without Range Extender
Range Extender In A Good Location
With Range Extender

Check the Wireless Steps Here: Set Up a Netgear EX7000 WiFi Repeater 

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