If you are using the old Netgear Router to Access Routerlogin, you can extend the Wi-fi range to increase its speed. The extender or repeater you can be configured with Netgear Setup to boost the signals in the dead zone.
Basically, you need to make router more usable to stand with the present competitive world of internet. If you are used to the Router, definitely you know that your router has Firmware which you can update to get the updated features in your Access Routerlogin admin page. If you do so then you don’t need to say you have an old router but only need to upgrade it and enable it to extend the wifi range using the Repeater.
Sometimes, the already installed firmware that you utilize to Access Routerlogin settings does not allow the users to get connected to the Wifi Range Extender. While the DD-WRT allows you to add the Wifi extender easily. So, you have an option to replace your current firmware with DD-WRT. Install the DD-WRT firmware in your device should be compatible with your router.
What Do You Want, Repeater Or Access Point?
Make your mind what kind of Netgear Setup to you want with your old router to extend the wifi range.
- The access point allows you to the wired connection.
- The wireless Repeater allows you to the wireless connection.
No need to worry, we shall help you to use both methods and you can choose any as per your priority.
Need a Paperclip Or a Hard Object
First of all, we shall go to reset your router. We need a paperclip or any a sharp object like a pen. The reset button is difficult to be pressed with the finger that’s why you need a sharp object. Press and hold the Reset button for at least 10 seconds and let your Router take rest for some minutes.
Go For the Access Routerlogin
Establish a connection between your Router and Modem to get the Internet connection. Also, connect the router and your device which allow you to Access Routerlogin> confirm username and password and use your Router more efficiently.
DD-WRT Access for Wireless Repeater
Currently, if your router is connected to the router then unplug this and the device where you have installed the DD-WRT firmware. Open the DD-WRT. It’s by default SSID is ‘dd-wrt’ in case sensitive, while you also need to create an admin username and password. When the DD-WRT firmware will get open on the screen, you need to follow the below settings:
- Click on the Wireless > Basic Settings
- Set the Wireless Mode: Repeater
- Wireless Network Mode: Mixed (you can choose as per your router but mostly the mixed is chosen)
- Wireless Network Name: Netgear (Netgear is taken as an example but it will be showing your wifi router name)
- Go to the Virtual Interfaces > Click on ‘Add’
- Wireless Network Name (SSID): Give the new name to your wifi router
- Enable the Wireless SSID broadcast
- Click on Save, but don’t click on apply
- Open the Wireless Security
- Under the Physical Interface, make the settings as you have in the Primary Router for example:
- Security mode: WPA2
- WPA Algorithm: TKIP
- WPA Shared Key: (It will be your password)
- Under the virtual Interface check, all the settings will be same as you made under the Physical Interface.
- Click on the ‘save’ but don’t click on the apply
- Click on the ‘Security’ and disable the ‘SPI Firewall’
- Uncheck everything under the ‘Block WAN Requests’
- Click on ‘Save’
- Go to the Setup > Basic Setup
- Network Setup > Change the Router IP address with the different Subnet than the primary router. For example, the main IP address is 192.168.1.1 then replaces it with 192.168.2.1 (It is just an example you can with anyone).
Save the settings and now it is the right time to click on the Apply to make your settings applicable. Once restart the router and you are ready to use your old router with the extended wireless settings using the repeater.
DD-WRT Access as Access Point
The process will begin to plug in your router to get the power supply. Establish a wireless connection. When you reach the firmware then start the process from the basic settings.
- Click on Basic Setup Page > Chang the Local IP address but don’t choose the IP address that of your Primary Router. Whichever local IP address you choose, make sure to note down this for later configuration.
- Now type the IP address that you use for your Primary Router. By default, it is 192.168.1.1, but you can cross check to be sure for this IP address.
- Disable the DHCP server.
- If required you can assign the WAN Port to Switch.
- Save the settings.
- Click on the Wireless
- Select the AP in Wireless Mode
- Select the Mixed in Wireless Network Mode
- Wireless Network Name (SSID) will be showing your Wifi name
- Select the Wireless Channel as 11-2.462 GHz (preferable or go accordingly)
- Enable the Wireless SSID Broadcast.
- Select Bridged for the Network configuration
- Change other settings as per your need
- Click on the Save settings
STEP – 3
- Click on Wireless Security
- If you use the SSID same that of your primary router then you can easily switch between two access points.
- Click on the security > Disable the Firewall.
- Now save the settings and Click on Apply.