In a situation where you have a Wi-Fi dead spot in your home, you may have considered employing a Wi-Fi Range Extender to solve the problem. The concept appears to be straightforward — simply plug in the unit and the range of your Wi-Fi is increased. But how do they function? What are the limitations of this technique? What is the best location for your extender? The foundations of what is actually happening with Wi-Fi Extenders will help you get the most out of even the cheapest of them.
Wi-Fi is a wireless technology that transmits and receives data using low-power radio waves to transmit and receive data. As with other radio waves, they have the ability to bounce, disperse, and lose strength as they travel through space. A standard Wi-Fi router broadcasts at a power of 100 milliwatts, which implies that the range of the radio waves is rather short. Depending on your Wi-Fi configuration, you will be operating in the 2.4GHz, 5GHz, or 6GHz frequency bands, respectively. The greater the frequency, the greater the ease with which the disruption occurs. Radio waves in the 2.4GHz band travel through solid surfaces more efficiently than those in the 5GHz and 6GHz ranges. Higher frequencies, on the other hand, provide faster data transfer rates.
Netgear AX1800 Features:
The Netgear AX1800 4-stream WiFi Mesh Extender provides up to 1.5x the performance of a WiFi 5 (802.11ac) extender and can be used in connection with a router. Fast wireless speeds are provided by 4-stream WiFi with up to 1.8Gbps throughput. It is compatible with your existing WiFi network and is ideal for 4K UHD streaming and gaming in high definition. It is simple to set up your WiFi extender using the Nighthawk app and to get the most out of your WiFi. With the app, you can set up your Netgear EAX20 Setup in a matter of minutes – simply connect your smart device to the network and the app will guide you through the rest of the process. Once everything is set up, you can administer your network with the help of an easy dashboard. Get increased WiFi anywhere you want it.
- The use of WiFi 6 in connection with OFDMA technology results in higher speeds and increased bandwidth
- A 1.5x increase in performance over that of an AC router: WiFi offers up to 1.8Gbps throughput for lightning-fast wifi connectivity.
- A quad-core processor running at 1.5GHz ensures smooth 4K UHD streaming and gameplay.
- Provides four Gigabit Ethernet ports with auto-sensing technology for improved performance.
- One WiFi name and smart roaming are provided, allowing for smooth mesh WiFi throughout the home for all of your devices to function.
- With the NETGEAR Nighthawk app, you can easily connect to your home network in minutes and monitor and manage it from anywhere.
- Backward compatibility with WiFi 5 and WiFi 4 devices, as well as devices from earlier generations of WiFi.
- It is compatible with any WiFi-enabled wireless router, gateway, or cable modem, and it is designed for all WiFi 6 routers.
The table below shows features of Netgear AX1800:
|Type||Wi-Fi range extender|
|No. of ports||4|
|Technology of Connection||Wireless|
|Protocol for Wireless Networks||802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax|
|Wi-Fi Frequency Bands||2.4 GHz, 5 GHz|
How to configure Netgear AX1800 EAX20 via the WPS method?
- First, turn on your Wi-Fi range extender by hitting the power button
- Make certain that your wireless extender is kept in close proximity to your existing wireless router.
- To complete the process, press the WPS button on your range mesh extender until the WPS LED begins to blink.
- Press the WPS button on the back of your existing network router within 10 seconds of turning it on.
- Now, you will see that the WPS Led bulbs on your router and mesh extender will be blinking for approximately 15 to 20 seconds, based on the distance between the two devices you are connecting
- Once the blinking LED light on your extender has stopped, wait for the WPS LED to turn solid white before proceeding.
- The extender is successfully configured with the router after the solid white appears.
- You may need to move your mesh wifi extender closer to your router if you are not seeing any solid white light from your extender.
- If this is the case, you will need to repeat the entire installation process.