Universal WiFi Range Extender WN3000RP

Universal WiFi Range Extender
WN3000RP Installation Guide
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Hardware Features
Note: For best performance, position
antennas pointing up.
Device On/Off button
WPS button
Factory Reset button
Ethernet port
Link Rate
PC to Extender
The LEDs on the front show how the Extender is working:
WPS. This LED indicates a WPS wireless connection.
Solid green. There is wireless security (WPA or WPA2).
Blinking green. A WPS connection is in progress.
PC to Extender. The LED is lit when the Extender is
connected to a PC.
Status. This LED is lit when the Extender is powered on.
Link Rate. This LED indicates a wireless connection
between the Extender and the router.
Green is best.
Amber is good.
Red is poor.
The side panel has the following features:
Ethernet port. You can use this for a wired connection to a
computer or other device as described in the User Manual.
Factory Reset button. To use this button, stick a paper clip into
the reset hole and hold it until the Status LED flashes.
WPS button. Press the WPS button to wirelessly connect
the Extender to your router or wireless adapter.
Device On/Off button. Turns the device on and off.
Getting Started
When the Extender has been integrated into your wireless network, it
extends the wireless network to include the area outside the range of
your existing router.
Place the Extender and Apply Power
1. Place the Extender an equal distance between your router and the
wireless device located outside the range of your router.
If you have to use a different location, move the Extender closer
to the device, but still within the wireless range of the router.
Position the Extender’s antennas up as shown in the previous
section, Hardware Features.
2. Plug in the Extender, and wait 1 minute. The Status LED
Set Up Two Wireless Connections
The first wireless connection is between the Extender and your
router. The second wireless connection is between your computer or
wireless device and the Extender. How you set up these connections
depends on whether or not your wireless equipment supports Wi-Fi
Protected Setup (WPS).
Using WPS to Connect the Extender to Your Router
1. First, press your router’s WPS button.
2. Within 2 minutes, press and hold the Extender’s WPS button until
on the front starts flashing.
When the Extender connects to your router, the Link Rate LED
lights up. The Extender's wireless network name (SSID)
changes to your router's SSID with _EXT at the end. The
Extender uses the same wireless security settings as your router.
3. After the Extender is connected to your router, use your computer
or wireless device to join the Extender’s wireless network.
Manual Connection without WPS
1. Use a computer to join the NETGEAR_EXT wireless network.
The PC to Extender LED
turns green.
2. Open a browser window from the same computer, and it
automatically takes you to the Smart Wizard. Follow the Smart
Wizard steps to connect the Extender to your home router’s
3. Then follow the wizard steps to join the Extender network at its new
name (the Smart Wizard name with _EXT at the end).
4. If you want to make changes after using the Smart Wizard, use
your browser to go to www.mywifiext.net..
5. If prompted, log in as admin with password as the password.
Wireless SSIDs and Passphrases
Enter your wireless information here:
Router Network Name (SSID) _____________________________
Router Security Passphrase ______________________________
Extender Network Name (SSID) ___________________________
Extender Security Passphrase _____________________________
When to Use the Extender Wireless
NETGEAR recommends that you connect to the Extender wireless
network only when a PC or wireless device is in a “dead zone” where
the network connection to your existing router is very poor or nonexistent. This is because data traffic routed through the Extender
wireless network is slower than traffic directly from the original
wireless router network.
If you cannot connect from your wireless device to the Extender,
move the Extender to a different location half-way between the device
and the router. If after you try several locations, the device cannot
connect to the Extender, move the Extender closer to the device.
Extender Performance
The Link Rate LED
and PC to Extender LED
The best performance is delivered when both of these LEDs are
A workable performance is delivered when the Link Rate LED is
amber and the PC to Extender LED is green.
If the Link Rate LED is red, that indicates a poor connection. If it is
off, there is no connection between the Extender and the router.
If the PC to Extender LED is off, then the PC is not connected to
the Extender.
To improve the Extender performance:
1. Move the Extender closer to the router or to a different location
with a better line of sight.
2. As you move the Extender, check the Link Rate and the PC to
Extender Connection LEDs on the front panel until you find a good
location as described in the previous section Place the Extender
and Apply Power.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can find more information about your product in the User Manual
available at http://support.netgear.com.
1. The Smart Wizard keeps asking me for my passphrase, and I
am sure I have entered the correct passphrase. What can I do?
It is very likely that the Extender is placed at the borderline of the
range covered by the router. Follow the instructions in the
previous section to resolve this. If you are using WEP security,
make sure that you are typing the wireless key in the correct field.
2. I connected to NETGEAR_EXT and launched a browser. Why can’t
I see the Smart Wizard?
First, make sure your computer is set up to use DHCP (most are).
Second, make sure the PC to Extender status LED is green and
you have a valid IP address. Finally, re-launch the browser and
enter www.mywifiext.net.
3. Will the Extender work if I connect it to the router with an Ethernet
No. The Extender is designed to connect wirelessly to the router.
4. What are the user name and password to log in to the Extender?
The user name is admin and the default password is password.
Both are case-sensitive.
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