After setting up a Netgear WiFi range extender, the first step is to connect your WiFi-enabled devices to the newly created wireless network. There will likely be times you wish to connect your Android device to WiFi. Once you get connected, you will be able to stream music, watch online movies, download apps, and much more.
This post will guide you on how to connect an Android phone to a wireless network. Read on.
Find the Network Name and Password
Prior to connecting your Android device to WiFi, you need to find the network name. In the case of Netgear extenders, you can find these details via www.mywifiext.net.
Scan For a WiFi Network
Now, access your WiFi settings to ensure that WiFi is turned on. Also, view the available networks. In order to open the WiFi settings, swipe down from the upper side of the screen and tap on the WiFi icon.
For Android 9.0 Pie, walk through the instructions given below to scan for a wireless network:
- Go to the Settings app on your Android phone or tablet.
- Tap on the WiFi option.
- Toggle the switch next to WiFi.
- Close the Settings app.
On the off chance, if you don’t see the aforementioned menu names, possibilities are that your device may have Android 7.0, 8.0 or older. Here are the do-follow steps to open the WiFi settings on these devices:
- Navigate to the Settings app on your smartphone.
- Tap Wireless and Networks option.
- Next, open the WiFi settings.
- Toggle the switch next to WiFi.
The WiFi on your Android device is now turned on.
Select a WiFi Network to Connect to
Once WiFi is turned on your Android device, head over to the WiFi page to view a list of nearby available networks. Before connecting to a network, keep the following things in mind:
- If any network shows a key sign on it, you require a password to connect to it.
- On the other hand, open or unsecured wireless networks don’t have any key icon.
- In the case of a Netgear extender network, you will see a key on it.
- The estimated signal strength will be shown next to each wireless network.
- If connected to a network with a weak signal, you may lose internet access.
Now, implement the below-mentioned steps to connect your Android to WiFi:
- Tap on the network you wish to connect to.
- Netgear extender network names depend on the model you are using. For instance, if you have done the Netgear EX6120 setup for your home network, you will get a similar network name in the available list.
- Enter the network password when prompted.
- At last, tap on the Connect button.
- On the WiFi screen, the selected network appears at the top of the list.
- The network gets saved to your device.
Connect With WPS (WiFi Protected Setup)
WiFi Protected Setup or WPS connects a device to a secure network without requiring you to enter the SSID and password. This is an insecure connection method, primarily meant for device-to-device connections like connecting an Android device to a network printer.
Let’s have a look at the steps to connect your Android device to WiFi using WPS:
- Press the WPS button on your home WiFi router.
- Connect your Android device either using the WPS PIN or WPS Push method.
- Open the Settings app on your device.
- Tap either WPS PIN entry or WPS Push button as per your choice.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to connect to the router.
Important Note: Netgear extender network names rely on the model you are making use of. For example, if you are using Netgear EX2700 setup to extend your existing network, keep in mind to connect to the network name related to EX2700.
There you are! Your Android device has been successfully connected to the Netgear extender’s WiFi network. In case of any queries, reach out to us via the comments below.