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How To Fix ‘Wireless Devices Not Able To Detect Range Extender Network Name (SSID)’?

Netgear Wi-Fi Range Extender

To fix the problem of wireless devices not being able to detect the network name (SSID) of the Netgear Wi-Fi range extender, you need to follow certain steps, which are described in the post. Go through the steps in order to get rid of the problem.

To fix the problem of ‘Network name (SSID) not detected by wireless devices’, you can go through the guide below. The reason that this problem has occurred is due to the inability of your extender of not being able to broadcast the network SSID or unsuccessful booting up of the extender.

You will have to reboot your Netgear Range Extender Setup and try to connect again. If the wireless devices are still not able to detect the network name (SSID) of your Wi-Fi extender, then you will have to check if the extender is broadcasting its SSID or not.

You need to follow below-mentioned steps in order to check if the extender is broadcasting the SSID:

  1. Connect your PC to Netgear Wi-Fi extender using an Ethernet cable.
  2. Then, you need to open the GUI of your Netgear Wi-Fi extender using the mywifiext net link.
  3. You will have to enter your email ID and password if asked. This email ID and password will be the same that you’ve used while setting up your Wi-Fi extender account. If you are seeing ‘Username’ and ‘Password’ fields, then you need to enter the default username, which is ‘admin’ and default password, which is ‘password’. If you’ve changed the password before, then enter that password.
  4. Now, go to ‘Wi-Fi settings’ followed by checking if ‘Enable 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi’ or ‘Enable 5 GHz Wi-Fi’ and ‘Broadcast this network name (SSID)’ are checked or not. If these options are not checked, then check these followed by clicking ‘Save’.

Note:- If yours is an old Netgear Wifi Extender Setup that has an older version of Netgear Genie UI, then you will have to go to ‘Advance’ followed by ‘Wi-Fi settings’ after which, you need to check the option named ‘Enable Wireless Access Point’ followed by ‘Enable SSID Broadcast’.

  1. You need to verify the network name of your Netgear Wi-Fi range extender, but keep in mind that you’re looking for the correct SSID.

Blinking power LED:

If you are seeing the power LED of the extender blinking, then maybe the firmware of the extender has gone corrupt or the extender isn’t getting enough power supply.

To fix the problem, do the following:

  1. Check whether the extender is connected to a reliable power source in a proper way or not.
  2. You need to reset the Wi-Fi range extender by inserting a pointed device into the reset hole for 20 seconds.
  3. If you see the power LED blinking, then download the most recent firmware of your Netgear Wi-Fi Range Extender.
  4. Download TFTP software as well.
  1. Install the necessary files on your computer, then perform a hard reset on the Wi-Fi extender followed by power cycling it.

Note: You should only do a hard reset on Wi-Fi Range Extender prior to performing the firmware recovery to make sure that the extender is on its default settings.

  1. Connect your PC hardwired to the Wi-Fi range extender followed by checking if it is going to be given a valid IP address. If that is not the case, then you will have to assign a static IP address to the PC in range of the IP address of the Wi-Fi range extender.
  2. Once you do that, power cycle the PC.
  3. As you do so, open ‘Command Prompt’ and try to ping the IP address of Netgear Wi-Fi Range Extender.
  4. If you have pinged the extender successfully, then go ahead with the steps, but if not, then the firmware of the Wi-Fi range extender can’t be recovered.
  1. Run the TFTP software that you have downloaded earlier.
  2. Enter the IP address in the server box followed by entering the password in the Password box.
  3. On the ‘File’ section, click ‘browse’ button followed by selecting the most recent firmware that you’ve downloaded earlier.
  4. Click on the ‘Upgrade’ button followed by checking the message that shows up on the screen.
  5. If you get the message that says the upgrade is successful, then you will have to change the IP address of the PC to DHCP again.
  6. You are now supposed to do another hard reset on your Wi-Fi range extender and setup as normal after you find it in a ready condition.

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