Having a Netgear WiFi range extender installed at home will let you enjoy seamless internet access throughout your home. To get the maximum output of the Netgear extender, it is suggested that you keep its firmware always running on the latest version. If you are wondering how a firmware update is done on the Netgear range extender, then know that you need to access the mywifiext.net page and update the firmware. The entire procedure is mentioned below in this very helpful guide. To know about it, read on.
How to Update Netgear Extender Firmware?
As mentioned earlier you need to access mywifiext setup or the Netgear Genie page to perform the firmware update. Here is how you can do this:
Step 1: Power Up Computer
To begin the firmware update, first, you need to power up your computer or laptop. Thus press the power button and turn it on. Please check that it should have the latest OS installed on it. If it is not updated then consider updating it first.
Step 2: Launch Web Browser
It is now time to fire up the web browser. Thus, load any web browser of your choice. Make sure it is also updated with the latest software version.
Step 3: Download Firmware
Now, you need to download the latest firmware version for the Netgear extender. Before downloading it, double-check that you download the firmware for the extender model that you own. Installing incorrect firmware may render your device useless. Save the firmware file at any safe location on your computer. If needed, unzip the file.
Step 4: Turn on Netgear Extender
Now, plug the Netgear wireless range extender into an active power socket and turn the power button on. Wait till the lights on the extender are settled and then move to the next step.
Step 5: Access Netgear Genie Dashboard
Moving further with the firmware update process, you need to access the Netgear Genie dashboard to get to the extender settings. This can be done by accessing the mywifiext local or mywifiext net page, using the simple instructions given below:
- Open a new tab on the computer.
- In the URL bar, enter www.mywifiext.net. Make sure that you are not making any typing errors. Also entering the web address in the search bar is to be avoided as you might click on some other search result that will take you to some anonymous page.
- Hit Enter. A login window will open up.
- Input the login username and password in the given fields on the login window. Before entering the login credentials, be very sure that the Caps Lock key on the keyboard is disabled.
- Click on the Log In button.
- You will land on the Netgear Genie dashboard.
Step 6: Upload Firmware
It is now time to install the firmware file on the extender. To do so, you need to get to the extender settings first. Once you are there, click on the Firmware Update button. Now, you will find the Browser button on the screen. Click on it and navigate to the earlier downloaded firmware file and select it by clicking on it. Now you will need to click on the Upload button. This will begin the firmware update process. Make this a point not to interrupt the firmware update process by opening another tab or trying to power off the device. This may corrupt the firmware, rendering the extender useless. If the firmware gets corrupted you will need to reset the device and again need to perform mywifiext setup from scratch.
Fixing Firmware Update Obstacles
Although the firmware update process is very easy and can be done even by a non-tech person, sometimes users face certain obstacles stopping them from getting through the process smoothly. If any such issue arises, then troubleshoot it by using the below-given tips and tricks:
Make sure the Netgear extender is receiving an uninterrupted power supply, especially while the firmware update is going on. In the case of a power outage, take the help of a UPS.
Connect the Netgear extender to the router using a wired connection. Sometimes, a wireless connection may cause issues as it is less reliable than a wired connection. Thus, using an Ethernet cable to connect the networking devices is recommended to ensure a stable internet connection.
Update the web browser before you begin updating the firmware on the extender. Also, clear out the cache and cookies from the browser to avoid any obstacles.
Be extra careful while downloading the firmware file. Be very certain that you are downloading the firmware file that is meant for your Netgear extender model.
On Final Note
In the last, we would like to say that using the above-mentioned steps will help you update the firmware on your Netgear range extender in a hassle-free manner. Also, the tips and tricks provided above will help you to kick out any obstacle during the process.