How Do I Connect Netgear Extender to Xfinity Router?

How Do I Connect Netgear Extender to Xfinity Router?

You will witness unexpected WiFi miracles if you opt to expand the WiFi signals offered by an Xfinity router with the help of a Netgear range extender. However, what we can tell you for now is that you will get an enhanced WiFi coverage in your house. So, are you ready to know about how to connect Netgear extender to Xfinity router? Let’s get going then!

What to Consider Before Netgear-Xfinity Combination?

The connection process can be initiated only after ensuring a few things. The reason being, it will make it possible for you to complete the connection in a jiffy. Below are the prerequisites for the Netgear and Xfinity devices connection:

  • Take Note of the Extender IP: Although the Netgear extender has its own default IP address i.e., still it might not work for you. This is because of the hardwire connection that you will establish between the extender and router at the initial stage. In that scenario, you will have to note down the IP assigned to your Netgear extender by accessing the Xfinity IP. However, for this you need to connect your PC to the Xfinity router.
  • Run Your Extender on Default Settings: It is very important that your Netgear extender flaunts the factory-set values during the connection process. For that, you are supposed to perform a factory default reset of the extender. It can be done either by accessing the URL on a device sharing a WiFi connection with the Netgear extender. The alternate method will require you to press and hold the extender’s Reset button for a few seconds. But, remember that it must not be sharing a connection with any device during that time.

After resetting, the Netgear extender will run on these settings:
Username: admin, Password: password, Default SSID: Netgear_ext, Default Network Key: Mentioned in the user manual or on the label

How to Connect Netgear Extender to Xfinity Router?

Since you are now completely aware of the prerequisites of the connection process, we are expecting that you will fulfill them before commencing. Follow these steps given below to connect your devices:

  • If your Netgear extender is already hardwired to the router, switch on your WiFi devices.
  • The sequence is – router first and then the range extender.
  • Toggle the extender’s operating mode button to the AP or Extender position.
  • Very soon, your extender will start broadcasting the network name – Netgear_ext.
  • So, open the WiFi settings on your computer. Disconnect Ethernet cable if it is there.
  • Locate the Netgear extender’s default network name.
  • Connect to the WiFi network using the network key given on the label.
  • Move to an upgraded web browser now and type the extender’s IP address there.
  • If the default one fails to work, use the one assigned by the Xfinity router using the information given in the prerequisite section. However, for that you will have to disconnect your PC from the Netgear extender WiFi and connect it to Xfinity WiFi. You can join the Netgear network after taking notes of the IP.
  • Once the IP is successfully accessed, you will see an administrative page.
  • Key in the default admin details i.e. admin and password into the Username and Password fields respectively.
  • Hit Log In.
  • Agree to the terms and conditions provided by the extender.

new extender setup

  • Choose the operating mode – AP or Extender.
  • The above step does not need to be followed if your extender has a physical AP/Extender button.
  • A network scan will now take place and you will be prompted to choose the network that you wish to extend.
  • You must choose the network of your Xfinity router as you are combining it with the Netgear extender WiFi.
  • Input the respective WiFi password and click Connect.
  • You have almost connected your WiFi devices.
  • The upcoming steps will involve upgrading of firmware, giving different names to the WiFi frequency bands, and setting up WiFi passwords.
  • Walk through the instructions that appear on the dashboard of the Xfinity gateway.
  • Connection completed!

Congratulations! You have learned how to connect Netgear extender to Xfinity router successfully. The newly extended network is waiting to be accessed after Netgear extender setup. Thus, you are supposed to connect your client devices to its network.

To Sum Up

It is not difficult to connect Netgear extender to Xfinity router. You just need to be aware of the proper information. The first task was to complete the prerequisites that involve writing down the IP that Xfinity assigns to your Netgear range extender and resetting the extender. However, you were also supposed to take note of the WiFi password of the Xfinity router or gateway. We hope you did!

After that, you were left with the task of initiating the connection by hardwiring your devices, accessing the web-based management panel of the Netgear extender and finalizing the connection by entering the Xfinity WiFi password. But, during all this procedure, do not make the mistake of powering down the Xfinity router.

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