When you have a WiFi extender in your home, it is important to keep it functioning properly. A big part of keeping it working right is knowing how and when to reset it. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps necessary to reset the device.
Whether you are experiencing connection problems or just want to start fresh, following these steps will help get your WiFi extender back up and running like new. So, whether you are a first-time user or a seasoned pro, read on for all the information you need to know about resetting your WiFi extender!
When to Reset Your WiFi Extender
There are several reasons why you might need to reset your WiFi extender. Here are some of the situations when you will want to reset it:
It is Not Working Properly
At times, the extender will not work, or it will work very slowly. If you have tried all of the troubleshooting tips and it is still not working, resetting it may be your only option.
You Forget the Password
Another reason to reset the extender is if you have forgotten its password. Resetting will also erase all of your settings and return the device to its default state.
Problem Connecting to the Internet
Sometimes you will not be able to connect to the internet even after setting up the extender correctly. You will not find the device in the list of available networks, even though it is turned on. In such situations, resetting the extender might help fix the issue.
How to Reset A WiFi Extender Using the Reset Button
The most common way to reset the device is by pressing the reset button. Here are the measures you need to follow to reset a WiFi extender using the reset button:
Step 1: Connect It to A Good Power Outlet
The first thing you need to do is connect the extender to a suitable power outlet. Ensure the outlet is not overloaded and has enough power to support your device.
The extender should snugly fit into the outlet. It will prevent any chance of power disruption, which can damage its power supply or malfunction other electronics inside it during the resetting process.
Step 2: Turn On the WiFi Extender
The next step is to turn it on. Some of them might have a physical power button, while others will automatically turn on as you connect to the power. You will see the LEDs flashing as it turns on. Let the device boot up correctly before you move to the next step.
Step 3: Locate the Reset Button
Once your device is connected to the outlet and turned on, locate the reset button. It’s usually a tiny hole or button located on the back or side of the unit. You may find the “Reset” mentioned near the button/hole in some models.
If you are unsure where the reset button is, check the device’s user manual.
Step 4: Press and Hold the Reset Button
Now that you have located the reset button, you will need to press it to perform the reset. If it is a hole, you will require using something like a SIM ejector or safety pin to press the button inside the hole.
A single tap should be enough to begin the reset for some extenders, while others may require pressing and holding the button for around 10 to 15 seconds. Again, refer to the user manual for exact instructions.
Step 5: Let It Reboot
After you have pressed and held the reset button, wait for the device to reboot. It may take a while, so be patient. The Power LED indicator will go red, and all the LEDs will flash once as it resets and starts up.
Once your WiFi extender has restarted, it will be in its default state with all the settings erased. You are done!
How to Reset A WiFi Extender Using the Web Interface
If you cannot locate the reset button or if the extender doesn’t have one, you can try resetting it using the web interface. It is a less common method but may be helpful in some cases.
Step 1: Browse the Web Interface
To reset your WiFi extender using the web interface, open a web browser and enter the device’s IP address. The IP address is usually either 192.168.1.1, 192.168.0.254, or 192.168.100.254. Note that it can vary depending on the manufacturer and model of your device.
Step 2: Complete the Login
Once you have entered the IP address, a login screen will appear where you will need to enter the username and password for the device. The default username and password are both ‘admin.’
In some cases, the username is ‘admin,’ and the password is ‘1234’. The login credentials can also be different based on manufacturer and model.
Step 3: Open the Settings/Maintenance Page
Once logged in, go to the Settings or Maintenance page from the homepage. There you should find a Reset window. Open the page, press reset, and confirm the operation. Like earlier, the LEDs on the device flash, and you will find it in the default state once the reboot is done.
Step 4: Complete the Process
Now that your extender is reset, you can reconfigure it according to your needs. Be sure to change the default username and password for security reasons.
If you cannot reset the device following these guidelines, it would be better if you contact the manufacturer or take it to a technician for assistance.
How to Configure the WiFi Extender
Now that you have reset the extender, it is time to configure it according to your needs. Of course, the configuration process will vary depending on the manufacturer and model of your device. However, there are some general steps that you can follow for most WiFi extenders.
Step 1: Turn it On
The first thing you are required to do is plug your wireless extender into an outlet and wait for it to boot up. If it is already plugged and turned on, skip this step.
Step 2: Connect to Its Network
Once the extender is turned on, it will create a wireless network. You will need to connect to the wireless network created by the extender.
Step 3: Log in to the Control Panel
Open a web browser and enter the address 192.168.1.1 into the address bar. It can be different based on the model/brand. Check the user manual to find the correct address.
Step 4: Enter the Login Credentials
Once after opening the address, you will find a login page. Use the default username and password (admin/password) to complete the login. You may find these in the user manual that arrives with the extender.
Step 5: Connect to Your Router
Now open the Settings tab from the extender’s web interface and then select Wireless Settings from the menu on the left-hand side. Select your primary router from the list of available networks and enter the password if prompted.
Step 6: Update the SSID
You can also choose a different SSID for the extender if you want. It will make it easier to identify your device on the network. You can update it from the settings page.
Step 7: Configure Security Features
Next, configure the security features for your WiFi extender. It will protect the network from unauthorized access. The configuration options will vary depending on the manufacturer and model of your device. You should at least enable encryption and authentication.
Step 8: Save Your Settings and Exit
Once you have configured the settings, save them and exit the configuration page. You can then disconnect the device from your computer. That’s it; you are done! Now you can enjoy the benefits of the extender.
How to Get the Most of Your WiFi Extender?
WiFi extenders are a great way to boost the signal of your home or office network and extend the range to areas where there was previously no coverage. However, not all of them are created equal. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your WiFi extender:
- Place the extender in a central location for the best coverage.
- Make sure that the antennas on the device are pointing in the right direction.
- Upgrade the firmware of the device to the latest version.
- If possible, use the 5 GHz band instead of the traditional 2.4 GHz for a better speed.
- Test the extender in different locations to see which gives you the best signal.
WiFi extender resetting can be a daunting task, but with this guide, you should be able to do it without any trouble. Have you tried resetting your WiFi extender before? What was your experience like? Let us know in the comments below.