Can’t Perform Xfinity WiFi Extender Setup with Netgear Extender
Daisy chaining two WiFi devices in the house to experience an unprecedented internet range has become a common practice these days. That is why netizens can be seen cascading two WiFi routers from different brands. When it comes to Netgear, it allows the daisy chain technique with its mesh WiFi franchise i.e. Netgear Orbi. Now, let’s talk about the people who have very high expectations from their networking extenders. They tend to connect two-range extenders and fail miserably. In this blog, we will shed light on the case where the user failed to complete the Xfinity WiFi extender setup with Netgear extender. Why did he fail and whether it should be done or not? Let’s figure it out.
Why You Can’t Perform Xfinity WiFi Extender Setup?
For your information, the daisy chaining of two WiFi range extenders is never recommended. Therefore, if you have already performed the Netgear extender setup and are now attempting to connect the Xfinity extender to the existing hardware, then you are destined to fail in this process.
Do you know why? This is because the Netgear extender itself might be amplifying the WiFi signal emitted by your home router. If you attempt to set up the Xfinity extender and somehow you get successful, you won’t be able to get the desired outcome. Keep in mind that the extracted signal will be the weakest one since it will go through a number of amplifications and modifications. Therefore, connecting an Xfinity WiFi range extender to the Netgear extender directly with the help of an Ethernet cable is never a good idea. You shouldn’t be doing the same wirelessly.
But, what to do in this scenario? In this case, it is suggested that you utilize the Xfinity WiFi range extender to amplify the signals emitted by your host router instead of those amplified by the Netgear extender. How to do that? Let’s discuss this in the next section.
How to Complete Xfinity WiFi Extender Setup with Netgear?
You can opt to make your existing extender i.e. the Netgear extender work as an Access Point if you want to add an Xfinity WiFi range extender to the home network. This way, the Access Point will connect to your host router through an Ethernet cable and will carry out the amplification job. On the other hand, the second range extender i.e. the one with the Xfinity label will be able to connect to the host router wirelessly.
The steps given below will help you understand the process easily. For your ease, we have segregated this process into two parts. The first part will reveal the instructions to set up the Netgear extender as an access point whereas the second part will cover the steps to complete Xfinity WiFi extender setup via WPS.
Step 1: Installing Netgear Extender in AP Mode
- First of all, reset your Netgear extender by pressing the Reset button.
- Once done, reconnect it to the router through an Ethernet cable.
- Load an internet browser on a computer.
- Your computer should be connected to the Netgear extender.
- Visit mywifiext.net.
- Enter login details (default ones) of the extender if prompted.
- Choose the New Extender Setup > Access Point option.
- Select the network to extender and follow the on-screen instructions.
In this manner, you can install a Netgear WiFi range extender as an access point. Keep in mind to not to break its Ethernet connection with the router. The reason being that the second extender will connect wirelessly to the home router.
Step 2: Installing Xfinity WiFi Range Extender via WPS
- Bring your Xfinity WiFi range extender to the room where your home router sits.
- Ensure to power down the router and let it rest for 10 minutes.
- The next step is to power up the router and then the Xfinity extender.
- Are the lights solid on your networking hardware (extender and router)?
- If yes, then push the WPS button on the extender.
- Press the same button on your router.
- If your Xfinity extender features dual-band technology, press the WPS button once again.
- The Xfinity extender setup is completed.
The Final Thoughts
From the abovediscussion, it can be concluded that the Xfinity WiFi extender setup can be done with Netgear extender if the Netgear device runs in the AP mode. Considering that you’ve walked through the information given above carefully, we are assuming that you have successfully added both WiFi extenders to your home network.