Netgear extender red light means there’s weak signal strength for either 2.4 GHz or 5.0 GHz.
To determine the poor network band, check the label on which red light is flashing. After you realize, which band is emitting weak signal- it’s time to get in its troubleshooting.
When do you get red light on new Wifi Extender?
Here are the scenarios for red light blinking on range extender:
- Extender or router lying close to some reflective material
- Netgear extender lies in dead zone of place
- Netgear extender firmware failed to update
- No Mac address assigned to Extender
- Wi-Fi channels are congested
- Router not connecting to Internet
In case, none of the issues prevails over your new WiFi range extender then, you may connect extender to your device like computer and run automatic troubleshooter to find what is causing the red light to blink of extender.
What shall I do to fix Netgear Extender red light?
If you have the same question hovering in mind then, check out the following steps to fix the wifi repeater red light issue:
- Bring your extender close to router and connect them using LAN.
Note: While the problem of Netgear extender red light error doesn’t resolve, keep your computer, extender, and router in the same room.
- Check all the connected cables and make sure none of them is damaged. In case, you find any worn-out cable, replace it immediately.
- Check your router and ensure there’s no issue at that end. For instance, check router Internet connection, routerlogin.net setup, and router firmware update.
- If everything is fine at router’s end, open a browser window and login to mywifiext page.
- Make sure both wifi bands 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz are checked else, they won’t extend.
- Next, in password field, ensure the typed password matched with the current router’s password.
- Most importantly, keep only one wifi name feature enabled and assign the same SSID to extender as router.
- Afterward, check for extender firmware update and install it. For detailed steps, see Netgear extender firmware update procedure.
More Advanced solution for Netgear red light on Extender
Landing into this section means your Netgear extender red LED is quite a serious error.
In such a case, here’s what you need to do:
- Check whether your Wifi extender is connecting to the internet or not. In case, you still find red LED blinking on extender, refer the guide wifi extender not connecting to Internet.
- Open Netgear extender settings from a browser window.
- Go to mywifiext.net settings and disable the network band 5.0 GHz.
Note: No doubt 5 GHz has faster speed than 2.4 GHz, but it has shorter range. And, if your extender is trying to connect over 5 GHz then, there are chances that it is on the edge of the extender’s range.
- Save the settings and now restart your router, extender, and device connected.
With this, you can see solid green light flashing on 2.4 GHz network band.
At last, if nothing works reset Netgear extender and begin the setup process from the scratch.
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