Unable to Detect Netgear Extender SSID? Here’s the Fix!

So, you have successfully set up and installed your Netgear WiFi range extender! The next step is to connect all your WiFi-enabled devices to the extended network, i.e. Netgear_Ext. However, most devices are unable to detect your Netgear extender SSID. Thus, you fail to get fast internet access on your client devices. But you don’t have to worry! This post will make you aware of the troubleshooting ways to get rid of the issue. Read on.

Why Can’t I Find My Netgear Extender SSID?

Before making you aware of the troubleshooting ways to fix the issue, you first have to know the reasons causing this issue. Here are the most common reasons behind the issue:

  • Disabled Netgear extender SSID
  • Corrupted WiFi extender firmware
  • Poor WiFi signal strength
  • Wireless network adapter is not installed properly
  • Improper placement of the extender

How to Enable Netgear Extender SSID?

The most common reason why your devices are unable to connect is that the SSID of your Netgear extender is disabled. So, make sure that the Netgear extender SSID or Netgear_ext is set to visible. Here are the steps to get the job done:

  • Take an Ethernet cable and use it to connect your Netgear WiFi range extender and the existing router.
  • Now, plug your extender into a wall socket and power it on.
  • Power on your computer or another WiFi-enabled device.
  • Access a web browser as per your liking.
  • Type in the address bar and press the Enter key.
  • You will be taken to the Netgear WiFi range extender login web page.
  • Insert the admin user ID in the first field whereas password in another field.
  • Click on the Log In button appearing at the bottom side.
  • After you log in, click on the WiFi Settings section.
  • Check the box that says Enable 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bandwidth SSID name.
  • Finally, apply the setting changes by clicking on the Save button.

Done! Now, try connecting your client devices to the Netgear extender SSID and see if it works.

Still Failed to Find Netgear_Ext? 

In the event that your PC or laptop is still failed to find the Netgear extender SSID or Netgear_ext, opt for the advanced troubleshooting mentioned below:

  • Make sure that your Netgear range extender is getting constant or uninterrupted power supply from the wall socket.
  • Check if the LED lights on your extender and router are solid green.
  • Verify whether all cable connections are finger-tight and accurate. Also, be sure that no cable is damaged or having cuts in it.
  • Check your Netgear wireless range extender’s hardware properly. None of the hardware parts should be damaged.
  • Make sure that your Netgear extender is properly connected to the router using an Ethernet cable.
  • Another thing to consider is the placement of your Netgear WiFi range extender. It should be placed closer to your home router.
  • Power cycle your Netgear wireless extender. For those who are too new to the term, power cycling means turning off your extender for some time and then turning it back on again.
  • Place the Netgear extender away from WiFi roadblocks like metal doors, aluminum studs, Bluetooth speakers, cordless phones, baby monitors, microwaves, refrigerators, glasses, mirrors, fish tanks, and much more.
  • If possible, keep your WiFi extender in a central location of your home.
  • Don’t place your extender in corners, behind an almirah, under a table, or inside a cabinet.
  • Access mywifiext web-based page and update your Netgear WiFi range extender’s firmware to the latest version.
  • Set the static IP address to DHCP.
  • Reset your Netgear wireless range extender to the default factory settings. All you need to do is simply press and hold the Reset button on it.

So, here ends our list of the troubleshooting tips to get rid of the ‘unable to detect Netgear extender SSID or Netgear_ext’ issue. Which troubleshooting tip has helped you in fixing the issue? Share your experience with us via the comments section.