How to Set Up a Netgear EX7000 WiFi Repeater

Introduction

In This Guide
You'll Learn How To:
  • Set up your Netgear EX7000 Wi-Fi Range Extender.
Before We Begin:
  • Have your home Wi-Fi network name and password.
  • Be at your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
Netgear

1 Physical Set Up

  1. Connect the three antennas, and either attach your Range Extender to the stand, or put the small non-slip pads on the bottom.
  2. Place your Range Extender about half-way between your Router, and the Wi-Fi devices you're having trouble with.
  3. Plug the power cable into the back of your Range Extender.
    Back of Range Extender with power port highlighted.
  4. Plug the power cable into the wall.
    Plug into outlet.
  5. Turn on the Range Extender by pressing the power button on the back.
    Back of Range Extender with Power button highlighted.
  6. If you are using a Wired device where the Range Extender is located, plug it into one of the Ethernet ports now, as well.
    Back of Range Extender with ethernet ports highlighted.
  7. The Netgear logo will light up.

? What kind of device are you using to setup your Range Extender?

  1. Desktop
  2. Laptop
  3. Tablet
  4. Smartphone

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In This Guide
You'll Learn How To:
  • Set up your Netgear EX7000 Wi-Fi Range Extender.
Before We Begin:
  • Have your home Wi-Fi network name and password.
  • Be at your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
Netgear
  1. Connect the three antennas, and either attach your Range Extender to the stand, or put the small non-slip pads on the bottom.
  2. Place your Range Extender about half-way between your Router, and the Wi-Fi devices you're having trouble with.
  3. Plug the power cable into the back of your Range Extender.
    Back of Range Extender with power port highlighted.
  4. Plug the power cable into the wall.
    Plug into outlet.
  5. Turn on the Range Extender by pressing the power button on the back.
    Back of Range Extender with Power button highlighted.
  6. If you are using a Wired device where the Range Extender is located, plug it into one of the Ethernet ports now, as well.
    Back of Range Extender with ethernet ports highlighted.
  7. The Netgear logo will light up.

There are 2 main Operating Systems for personal computers currently available, Windows and macOS.

Windows
Windows runs on computers produced by multiple companies, such as Lenovo, Asus, Dell, Toshiba, Hewlett Packard, Acer, and Sony.Windows 10
macOS
Apple is the only company that makes macOS computers.macOS Mojave

A wired connection is provided by an Ethernet cable. Most commonly, these are used by desktop computers and other equipment you don't move around often.

Ethernet cable plugged into device

If you don't connect a cable between your computer and your Range Extender, you are using a Wireless connection.

  1. Open your prefered browser.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. Type in www.mywifiext.net and press Enter or Return on your keyboard.
    Chrome address bar with address filled in and highlighted.
  3. Select New Extender Setup.
    Netgear Extender Welcome screen with New Extender Setup highlighted.
  4. Create your account. This is used to log in and change settings on your Wi-Fi Range Extender in the future. When you're done filling this out, select Next.

    This password has nothing to do with your Wi-Fi connectivity, it's only used to manage the Range Extender in the future. Choose one that is easy for you to remember, but hard for others to guess.

    Initial administration account creation with each field and Next button highlighted.
  5. Your Extender can be used as an Access Point; connected with an Ethernet cable that's run a long distance to your router. We're setting up as a range extender, without an extra Ethernet cable. Select WiFi Range Extender.
    Setup type with WiFi Range Extender highlighted.
  6. Select your Wi-Fi Network from the list.
  7. Enter your Wi-Fi password for your router's network for both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks, then select Next.

    These are the passwords you'd normally use to connect to your home Wi-Fi connection.

    Wi-Fi password entry with each password field and the Next button highlighted.
  8. You'll be asked to name your extended networks, and give them passwords. These are the names you'll see when you connect to the range extender, and the password you'll use. Once setup as you want, select Next.

    By default, the extender will add _EXT, _2GEXT, or _5GEXT to the end, and use the same password as your router's Wi-Fi. These are perfectly fine choices!

    Extended network information with network name and password for both 2.4 and 5 GHz networks, and Next button highlighted.
  9. Your range extender will reboot with the new settings in place.
  1. Return to your browser.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. Select Continue, if a message opened.
  3. Your network information will be displayed. Select Next when you're ready to continue.

    You will need these settings to connect your devices! It's a good idea to write down this information or print it out, so it's easier to get to later on.

    Network Information displayed with Next highlighted.
  4. You'll be asked to register your Range Extender, to get updates and information about your Netgear products. Fill out the form, choose if you'd like to Bookmark the range extender settings page, if you'd like to get Email messages from Netgear, then select Finish.
    Registration with fields and Finish button highlighted.

Once fully setup, you can relocate your Range Extender to an ideal location in your home. Simply plug it in in the new location; it will save all the settings you entered and be operational a few minutes after you plug it in.

When placing your range extender, there's a couple things to consider:

  • At least six feet from your router.
  • About half way between your router, and the devices having problems with their Wi-Fi connection.

Visual Example

Without Range Extender
Without Range Extender
Range Extender In A Good Location
With Range Extender
Windows 10 may show slightly different options, but the steps should be similar across all versions of Windows 10.
  1. Select the Network icon in the bottom right.
    Windows 10 System Tray area of task bar with network icon highlighted.
  2. Select NETGEAR_EXT from the list.
    Windows 10 Wi-Fi networks list with NETGEAR_EXT highlighted.
  3. Select Connect.
    Connecting to NETGEAR_EXT network with Connect button highlighted.
The network is unsecured; this is normal. You will be using it to set up the device only. After, you will be using the device over a secured wireless connection.
  1. Open your prefered browser.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. Type in www.mywifiext.net and press Enter or Return on your keyboard.
    Chrome address bar with address filled in and highlighted.
  3. Select New Extender Setup.
    Netgear Extender Welcome screen with New Extender Setup highlighted.
  4. Create your account. This is used to log in and change settings on your Wi-Fi Range Extender in the future. When you're done filling this out, select Next.

    This password has nothing to do with your Wi-Fi connectivity, it's only used to manage the Range Extender in the future. Choose one that is easy for you to remember, but hard for others to guess.

    Initial administration account creation with each field and Next button highlighted.
  5. Your Extender can be used as an Access Point; connected with an Ethernet cable that's run a long distance to your router. We're setting up as a range extender, without an extra Ethernet cable. Select WiFi Range Extender.
    Setup type with WiFi Range Extender highlighted.
  6. Select your Wi-Fi Network from the list.
  7. Enter your Wi-Fi password for your router's network for both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks, then select Next.

    These are the passwords you'd normally use to connect to your home Wi-Fi connection.

    Wi-Fi password entry with each password field and the Next button highlighted.
  8. You'll be asked to name your extended networks, and give them passwords. These are the names you'll see when you connect to the range extender, and the password you'll use. Once setup as you want, select Next.

    By default, the extender will add _EXT, _2GEXT, or _5GEXT to the end, and use the same password as your router's Wi-Fi. These are perfectly fine choices!

    Extended network information with network name and password for both 2.4 and 5 GHz networks, and Next button highlighted.
  9. Your range extender will reboot with the new settings in place.
Windows 10 may show slightly different options, but the steps should be similar across all versions of Windows 10.
  1. Select the Network icon in the bottom right.
    Windows 10 System Tray area of task bar with network icon highlighted.
  2. Select the the network name you setup during the extender setup.
    Windows Wi-Fi connections with extender network highlighted.
  3. Select Connect.
    Connecting to extended network.
If you're asked for a password, it's the one you just setup on your range extender.

A wired connection is provided by an Ethernet cable. Most commonly, these are used by desktop computers and other equipment you don't move around often.

Ethernet cable plugged into device

If you don't connect a cable between your computer and your Range Extender, you are using a Wireless connection.

  1. Open your prefered browser.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. Type in www.mywifiext.net and press Enter or Return on your keyboard.
    Chrome address bar with address filled in and highlighted.
  3. Select New Extender Setup.
    Netgear Extender Welcome screen with New Extender Setup highlighted.
  4. Create your account. This is used to log in and change settings on your Wi-Fi Range Extender in the future. When you're done filling this out, select Next.

    This password has nothing to do with your Wi-Fi connectivity, it's only used to manage the Range Extender in the future. Choose one that is easy for you to remember, but hard for others to guess.

    Initial administration account creation with each field and Next button highlighted.
  5. Your Extender can be used as an Access Point; connected with an Ethernet cable that's run a long distance to your router. We're setting up as a range extender, without an extra Ethernet cable. Select WiFi Range Extender.
    Setup type with WiFi Range Extender highlighted.
  6. Select your Wi-Fi Network from the list.
  7. Enter your Wi-Fi password for your router's network for both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks, then select Next.

    These are the passwords you'd normally use to connect to your home Wi-Fi connection.

    Wi-Fi password entry with each password field and the Next button highlighted.
  8. You'll be asked to name your extended networks, and give them passwords. These are the names you'll see when you connect to the range extender, and the password you'll use. Once setup as you want, select Next.

    By default, the extender will add _EXT, _2GEXT, or _5GEXT to the end, and use the same password as your router's Wi-Fi. These are perfectly fine choices!

    Extended network information with network name and password for both 2.4 and 5 GHz networks, and Next button highlighted.
  9. Your range extender will reboot with the new settings in place.
macOS may show slightly different options, but the steps should be similar across all versions and themes on macOS.
  1. Select Wi-Fi from the menu bar, then select NETGEAR_EXT.
    macOS Wi-Fi menu with NETGEAR_EXT highlighted.
The network is unsecured; this is normal. You will be using it to set up the device only. After, you will be using the device over a secured wireless connection.
  1. Open your prefered browser.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. Type in www.mywifiext.net and press Enter or Return on your keyboard.
    Chrome address bar with address filled in and highlighted.
  3. Select New Extender Setup.
    Netgear Extender Welcome screen with New Extender Setup highlighted.
  4. Create your account. This is used to log in and change settings on your Wi-Fi Range Extender in the future. When you're done filling this out, select Next.

    This password has nothing to do with your Wi-Fi connectivity, it's only used to manage the Range Extender in the future. Choose one that is easy for you to remember, but hard for others to guess.

    Initial administration account creation with each field and Next button highlighted.
  5. Your Extender can be used as an Access Point; connected with an Ethernet cable that's run a long distance to your router. We're setting up as a range extender, without an extra Ethernet cable. Select WiFi Range Extender.
    Setup type with WiFi Range Extender highlighted.
  6. Select your Wi-Fi Network from the list.
  7. Enter your Wi-Fi password for your router's network for both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks, then select Next.

    These are the passwords you'd normally use to connect to your home Wi-Fi connection.

    Wi-Fi password entry with each password field and the Next button highlighted.
  8. You'll be asked to name your extended networks, and give them passwords. These are the names you'll see when you connect to the range extender, and the password you'll use. Once setup as you want, select Next.

    By default, the extender will add _EXT, _2GEXT, or _5GEXT to the end, and use the same password as your router's Wi-Fi. These are perfectly fine choices!

    Extended network information with network name and password for both 2.4 and 5 GHz networks, and Next button highlighted.
  9. Your range extender will reboot with the new settings in place.
macOS may show slightly different options, but the steps should be similar across all versions and themes on macOS.
  1. Select Wi-Fi from the menu bar, then select the extended network you just setup.
    macOS Wi-Fi list with extended network highlighted.
If you're asked for a password, it's the one you just setup on your range extender.

To continue, we need to know what Operating System your smartphone or tablet has.

There are 2 main Operating Systems for smartphones currently available, Android and iOS.

Android Smartphone
Android smartphones are produced by multiple companies, such as Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony, Nokia, Lenovo, and HTC.Android Home Screen
iOS Smartphone
Apple is the only company that makes iOS smartphones.iOS Home Screen
Depending on your exact device (Smartphone or Tablet), and which generation you have, the menu theme and options might look slightly different on your screen. However, the steps should be similar across all Android devices and generations.
  1. Open Settings.
    Android Settings
  2. Select Wi-Fi.
    Wi-Fi
  3. Select NETGEAR_EXT from the list.
    Android Wi-Fi networks list with NETGEAR_EXT highlighted.
    The network is unsecured; this is normal. You will be using it to set up the device only. After, you will be using the device over a secured wireless connection.
  1. Open your prefered browser.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. Type in www.mywifiext.net and press Enter or Return on your keyboard.
    Chrome address bar with address filled in and highlighted.
  3. Select New Extender Setup.
    Netgear Extender Welcome screen with New Extender Setup highlighted.
  4. Create your account. This is used to log in and change settings on your Wi-Fi Range Extender in the future. When you're done filling this out, select Next.

    This password has nothing to do with your Wi-Fi connectivity, it's only used to manage the Range Extender in the future. Choose one that is easy for you to remember, but hard for others to guess.

    Initial administration account creation with each field and Next button highlighted.
  5. Your Extender can be used as an Access Point; connected with an Ethernet cable that's run a long distance to your router. We're setting up as a range extender, without an extra Ethernet cable. Select WiFi Range Extender.
    Setup type with WiFi Range Extender highlighted.
  6. Select your Wi-Fi Network from the list.
  7. Enter your Wi-Fi password for your router's network for both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks, then select Next.

    These are the passwords you'd normally use to connect to your home Wi-Fi connection.

    Wi-Fi password entry with each password field and the Next button highlighted.
  8. You'll be asked to name your extended networks, and give them passwords. These are the names you'll see when you connect to the range extender, and the password you'll use. Once setup as you want, select Next.

    By default, the extender will add _EXT, _2GEXT, or _5GEXT to the end, and use the same password as your router's Wi-Fi. These are perfectly fine choices!

    Extended network information with network name and password for both 2.4 and 5 GHz networks, and Next button highlighted.
  9. Your range extender will reboot with the new settings in place.
Depending on your exact device (Smartphone or Tablet), and which generation you have, the menu theme and options might look slightly different on your screen. However, the steps should be similar across all Android devices and generations.
  1. Open Settings.
    Android Settings
  2. Select Wi-Fi.
    Wi-Fi
  3. Select your extended network from the list.
    Android Wi-Fi networks with extended network highlighted.
    If you're asked for a password, it's the one you just setup on your range extender.
Depending on your exact device (Smartphone or Tablet), and which generation you have, the menu theme and options might look slightly different on your screen. However, the steps should be similar across all Apple iOS devices and generations.
  1. Open Settings.
    iOS Settings.
  2. Select Wi-Fi.
    iOS Wi-Fi
  3. Select NETGEAR_EXT from the list.
    iOS Wi-Fi network list with NETGEAR_EXT highlighted.
    The network is unsecured; this is normal. You will be using it to set up the device only. After, you will be using the device over a secured wireless connection.
  1. Open your prefered browser.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. Type in www.mywifiext.net and press Enter or Return on your keyboard.
    Chrome address bar with address filled in and highlighted.
  3. Select New Extender Setup.
    Netgear Extender Welcome screen with New Extender Setup highlighted.
  4. Create your account. This is used to log in and change settings on your Wi-Fi Range Extender in the future. When you're done filling this out, select Next.

    This password has nothing to do with your Wi-Fi connectivity, it's only used to manage the Range Extender in the future. Choose one that is easy for you to remember, but hard for others to guess.

    Initial administration account creation with each field and Next button highlighted.
  5. Your Extender can be used as an Access Point; connected with an Ethernet cable that's run a long distance to your router. We're setting up as a range extender, without an extra Ethernet cable. Select WiFi Range Extender.
    Setup type with WiFi Range Extender highlighted.
  6. Select your Wi-Fi Network from the list.
  7. Enter your Wi-Fi password for your router's network for both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks, then select Next.

    These are the passwords you'd normally use to connect to your home Wi-Fi connection.

    Wi-Fi password entry with each password field and the Next button highlighted.
  8. You'll be asked to name your extended networks, and give them passwords. These are the names you'll see when you connect to the range extender, and the password you'll use. Once setup as you want, select Next.

    By default, the extender will add _EXT, _2GEXT, or _5GEXT to the end, and use the same password as your router's Wi-Fi. These are perfectly fine choices!

    Extended network information with network name and password for both 2.4 and 5 GHz networks, and Next button highlighted.
  9. Your range extender will reboot with the new settings in place.
Depending on your exact device (Smartphone or Tablet), and which generation you have, the menu theme and options might look slightly different on your screen. However, the steps should be similar across all Apple iOS devices and generations.
  1. Open Settings.
    iOS Settings.
  2. Select Wi-Fi.
    iOS Wi-Fi
  3. Select the extended network you just setup from the list.
    iOS Wi-Fi list with extended network highlighted.
    If you're asked for a password, it's the one you just setup on your range extender.
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