SSID is the wireless network name that a Wi-Fi router or extender broadcasts. Other devices use this SSID to find and connect to a wireless network, whether it’s from the router or from the extender mywifiext setup .
But, if you can’t detect the SSID of your wireless network, then you won’t be able to wirelessly connect any of your devices to the extender network. Moreover, if you don’t have a computer, you won’t be able to setup the extender without its SSID on your smartphone or tablet.
In that case, it is very essential that you troubleshoot the SSID issue, otherwise having an extender isn’t beneficial at all. The mywifiext setup allows you access to various settings. You can use it to troubleshoot the Netgear extender SSID problem.
How to troubleshoot Netgear Extender if you can’t find SSID while installing Netgear Extender?
Can’t find SSID while installing Netgear Extender? Follow the below tips to troubleshoot the issue –
Reboot the extender – The first and foremost step in troubleshooting any extender problem is to reboot the device. maybe due to a glitch, it was unable to broadcast the SSID, so by rebooting it, the extender will start its processes from the beginning and you will be able to find the network SSID.
Check whether the extender is broadcasting SSID –Wireless devices can only detect the SSID of an extender network if it is broadcasting its network SSID. If it doesn’t, then you won’t be able to detect the extender SSID while searching for a wireless network, no matter how close you are standing to the extender. So, first make sure that you check whether the extender is broadcasting the SSID or not. You can do this from the mywifiext setup page. To do this follow the below steps –
- Using an Ethernet cable, connect your computer to the extender and go to www net in a web browser.
- Now, enter your email and password. If it is asking for username instead of email, use admin as the default username and password as default password unless you have changed them.
- Then, navigate to Wi-Fi Settings and check the “Enable 2.4GHz Wi-Fi” or “Enable 5GHz Wi-Fi” and “Broadcast this Network name(SSID)” checkboxes.
- Click Apply and then search for the extender network SSID on your wireless device.
Check power outlet connection –Also make sure to check that the extender is properly connected to the power outlet. If the connection seems totolose or the power switch wasn’t on, correct the connection and switch it on. The extender may not be broadcasting SSID because itwasn’t connected to power sources.
Update firmware – outdated extender firmware can also cause the extender to not broadcast the network SSID. So, you need to first download and install the latest firmware on your Netgear Extender and then try again.
Reset extender –When none of the above solutions seems to have solved the problem, the only option left is to reset the extender. By resetting it, the extender will go back to its default factory settings and you will need to set it up again.