Wireless Extender Quick Setup Guide

This article will show you how to set up your iiNet Wireless Extender. Please note that this product is no longer sold as of 21 December 2015.

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  • A wireless network card compatible with 802.11b/g/n wireless network standard
  • Windows 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, Windows 7 or Apple Mac operating system with Internet Explorer & Safari 
  • CD-ROM drive
  • At least 100MB of available disk space
     

First, you need to have two unique numbers ready to input during the installation process. We recommend writing down the following before you continue;

Your modem's WPA key

  • This is your modem’s wireless security key, which is a fancy way of saying the WiFi password. You should find it written somewhere on the barcode sticker on your modem.

Your Extender's MAC address

  • This is a unique hardware identification number that identifies a device on a network. Write down the last four digits of this number. You’ll find the MAC number on a sticker on the Wireless Extender.

 

 

WPS Method

This method is quick. It broadcasts the same network name and password as source modem and customers don't have to switch between WiFi networks. Good for customers that want to keep it simple.

However, you will not know whether you are connected to the extender or the modem's WiFi.

Ethernet Cable Method

This method is slightly slower, but it allows you to specify the network name (SSID) of the extender. This allows you to manually switch between WiFi networks according to signal strength.

 

Note: Once setup the wireless extender broadcasts the same SSID and password as source modem

  • Select the Repeater Mode

The Wireless Extender has a 3-position mode switch:

  • Position the switch to the Repeater position (this will extend the range of the customers current wireless signal)
  • AP mode: This mode uses the Repeater as a Wireless Access Point. This function would be used if the modem is not wireless (Currently Un-supported)
  • Client mode: This mode lets you use the Extender to turn a desktop or laptop into a wireless desktop or laptop (client). Most computers today have wireless in built. If however your PC does not already have wireless you could plug your iiNet wireless extender into a power socket near your PC, then run a LAN cable from your PC LAN port and into the wireless extender LAN port; then select the client mode on the switch on the side of your iiNet wireless extender.

  • Locate a power-point that is within 3 meters (10 feet) of the customers modem/router.
  • Plug the Extender into the power-point and turn it on.
  • Under the Extender is an ON/OFF switch. Switch it to the ON position.
  • The Power status light (on the front of the Extender) should come on and remain steady.

 

Check the back and sides of your modem to see if it has a WPS button.

If the modem does NOT have a WPS button, skip this step and go to Step 4.

  • On the front of the Extender is a WPS button. Press button for a second and release.

CAUTION: If you press the WPS button for longer than 5 seconds it may reset to factory settings.

  • Within 2 minutes of pressing the WPS button on the Extender, press the WPS button on the modem for 2 seconds then release.
  • Wait for up to 2 minutes while the modem and the Wireless Extender talk to each other and exchange their security settings.
  • Check that the WPS status light on the Extender has come on and stays on. This means the WPS connection is successful.
  • If the WPS status light flashes fast, there is an error. Wait until the WPS status light goes off, and repeat Step 3 until the status light comes on and remains stable.

When the connection is complete, the following Status lights will show:

Signal - Amber light remains steady

WLAN - Light flashes

Power - Light is steady

Important: The wireless extender is now set up to broadcast the same WiFi network as the modem.

You should find that you are now able to connect to the network in places further than you did before.

 

  • A Windows Security login will appear, enter the Username and Password (Default Username: admin / Default Password: 1234)
  • Click OK
  • The Universal Repeater – Quick Setup page opens showing all the wireless modems/routers within range.

The name of your own modem/router's WiFi network will be listed in the SSID column. If it doesn’t appear, click the Refresh button.

  • Click the Select circle in the same row as your modem listed in the SSID column.
  • Click the Next button to continue

 

The Security page opens:

  • Enter your modem’s wireless security key (also known as the WPA key). This is the key you wrote down before getting started.
  • Click Next

  • Wait while the security between your modem and the extender take a minute to talk to each other.

  • When the WPA key has been verified you will see the following page. 

  • Click Next

 

  • You can specifiy the network name (SSID)
  • You can save the Universal Extender URL - http://iiextenderxxxx to your Internet browser’s bookmarks or favourites. This will enable you to log into the extender at a later stage if you want to access its advanced features.
  • Click on apply if you want to save the URL of the extender, or click continue if you don’t.

If you're having issues saving the URL, please call Support on 13 22 58.

  • Once you click on apply or continue you will see a screen similar to this:

  • When the reboot is complete, the following status lights will show:

Signal - Amber light remains steady

WLAN - Light flashes

Power - Light is steady

 

You have successfully set up your Wireless Extender. You can now unplug your extender and move it to a position in your home that was on the fringe of you current wireless network. Simply plug your extender back into a power socket and power up; as long as the amber light illuminates you have successfully extended your range. If the amber light fails to illuminate, move the extender slightly closer to your modem until you notice the amber light illuminate or flash.

The following indicates the range of your wireless network:

  • Amber light - Steady light and always on - Exceptional signal reception
  • Amber light - Slow blinking - Good signal reception
  • Amber light - Fast blinking - Poor signal reception, you're starting to reach the outer limits of your extended network range.
     

 

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