How to Configure Netgear WiFi Extender to a New Router?

When you set up the Netgear WiFi extender at your home, you connect it to the host router. Whether you are using the web browser method via, or using the Nighthawk app or the WPS button for setup, connectivity with the router or the main gateway is common and an essential step. But what if you need to change or replace the existing router? There may be various reasons that may put you in a situation where you need to change your router. If that is the case with you then you will again need to configure the Netgear extender with the new router. Walk through this article to learn about the process of adding the existing Netgear WiFi extender to the new router after replacing it.


Netgear Extender Configuration After Replacing Router

Step 1: Reset the Extender

To begin with, you need to reset your Netgear WiFi range extender. This is because the extender is still running on the previous configuration settings. If you have replaced the router, then you will also need to reset the extender and restore the factory settings on it so that it is ready to be configured with the new router. To reset the extender, use the steps given below:

  • Connect the Netgear extender’s power cable to an active power source.
  • Turn its power button on.
  • Wait till the lights on it are solid.
  • Now, press the button labeled Reset on the extender.
  • Your extender is now reset and is now running on the default factory settings.

It is time for you to configure it again with the new router. But before proceeding to that, ensure that you have already configured your router.


Step 2: Setup the Extender

Manual Method

Let us help you with setting up your extender. Here are the instructions that you can use for the same:

  • Place the Netgear WiFi extender near the new router.
  • Connect the extender to the router now.
  • You can connect them with a wired connection or a wireless one.
  • We recommend you use an Ethernet cable and make a wired connection as this is more reliable.
  • Be very sure that the connection is finger-tight.
  • Power up both devices now by plugging them into power sources.
  • Turn on your computer next.
  • A laptop can also assist you in completing the task at hand.
  • Fire up an internet browser on the computer or laptop.
  • Visit and access the login screen of the Netgear extender.
  • By using the admin credentials, log in to the Netgear extender.
  • Once you log in, you will reach the Netgear extender setup page.
  • On this very screen, you got to follow the instructions that keep prompting to execute the setup process.

There you go! You have completed the Netgear extender setup process and configured it with the new router.


WPS Method

Here is one more way that you can use and add the Netgear extender to the new router:

  • Be sure that the Netgear wireless extender as well as the host router is plugged in and receiving an adequate power supply.
  • Now, press the button name WPS on the Netgear extender.
  • Thereafter, press the WPS button on the new router also.

This completes setting up the Netgear extender after replacing the router.



This is all about how you can configure your Netgear wireless range extender to the new router. After you have set it up, you can shift it to a new location as earlier. You can also consider updating its firmware to the latest version if an update is ready to be made. You need to download the latest firmware file for your extender first. After that, access the Netgear extender admin dashboard via or the default IP address and install the firmware on the extender.

A simple firmware update process will help you enhance the overall performance of your extender. Plus it adds new features to the device and improves its security. So it is essential that you keep an eye on the firmware update released by Netgear and once the update is ready, get your Netgear wireless extender updated immediately.

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