How to Set Up an ASUS RP-N12 WiFi Range Extender

Introduction

In This Guide
You'll Learn:
  • How to set up and position your ASUS RP-N12 N300 range extender.
You'll Need:
    • A router with the Wi-Fi network already set up.
    • Your router to have a WPS button for the easy setup method.
    • A computer or mobile device for the regular setup method.
    • Your home network's Wi-Fi credentials:
      • Wi-Fi network name (SSID),
      • Wi-Fi password (security key).
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In This Guide
You'll Learn:
  • How to set up and position your ASUS RP-N12 N300 range extender.
You'll Need:
    • A router with the Wi-Fi network already set up.
    • Your router to have a WPS button for the easy setup method.
    • A computer or mobile device for the regular setup method.
    • Your home network's Wi-Fi credentials:
      • Wi-Fi network name (SSID),
      • Wi-Fi password (security key).
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  1. Plug the range extender into a power outlet located within a few feet of the wireless router you wish to extend, and set the power switch on the side to the On position.
    Power button highlighted on side of range extender plugged into power outlet.
  2. The power light on the front of the unit should turn solid green.
    Power light highlighted on front of range extender.
  3. When the Wi-Fi light begins to flash green, the range extender is ready to be set up.
    Wi-Fi light highlighted on front of range extender.
There are two ways to get your ASUS RP-N12 N300 Range Extender set up for the first time:

Wi-Fi Protected Setup

This is an easy setup method that many routers come equipped with. It is designed to make the process of connecting to a secure wireless network easier. Under normal circumstances, you would need to use some sort of interface to select a network, provide the password to said network, and attempt to connect. With WPS, all you have to do is press the WPS button on your router, then press the same button on your range extender, and they will exchange information and connect to one another automatically.
Routers highlighting the WPS button. Illustration.

Wizard Setup

If your router does not come equipped with a WPS button, or you'd rather not use WPS at all, the standard manual setup can be used. This is a more traditional setup method that requires the use of a web browser on a computer or mobile device. This process involves selecting the Wi-Fi network you wish to extend, and providing the Wi-Fi password manually. The upside to this process is that it offers more customization options for your new extended network than the WPS method does.

  1. Locate and press the WPS button on your router. It may be labeled with the symbol depicted below or it may simply say WPS.
    WPS.

    Depending on the model of your wireless router, there may be a light of some sort that lets you know you've activated the WPS button on your router. This light should illuminate or blink when pressed. 

  2. Press the WPS button on the range extender.
    WPS button highlighted on side of range extender.
  3. When the Wi-Fi light stops flashing and turns solid it means it's connected to the router.
    Wi-Fi light highlighted on front of range extender.

    By default, your range extender's network will mimic your home network's Wi-Fi network name, but will simply have "_RPT" added to it. The Wi-Fi password for your range extender's network will remain the same as your home network.

The purpose of a Wi-Fi range extender is to expand the Wi-Fi coverage in your home, by capturing the signal from your wireless router and expanding it further. To accomplish this, you need to place the range extender within the existing coverage area of your wireless router. However, to maintain an excellent wireless signal for your Wi-Fi devices, the range extender needs to be positioned within optimal distance from the wireless router. Here's how to accomplish this:

  1. Plug your range extender into an available power outlet in the area you'd like to expand your home's Wi-Fi coverage to.
  2. Orient the antennas at a 45° angle if possible to achieve the best performance.
    Range extender with antennas expanded.
  3. Check the Wi-Fi indicator light on the front of the range extender:
    Wi-Fi light statuses for range extender.
    • Green Wi-Fi light indicates an excellent wireless signal,
    • Red Wi-Fi light indicates a weak wireless signal.
  4. If the Wi-Fi indicator light shows a weak signal, plug the range extender into a power outlet that's a bit closer to your wireless router.
    Two range extender locations side by side to showing different Wi-Fi signal strenghts.
  5. Repeat this process until the range extender indicates an excellent signal.

In order to set up your range extender, you'll need to connect your computer or mobile device to its Wi-Fi setup network first. The Wi-Fi network should appear in the list of available Wi-Fi networks as RP-N12.

If you're using a computer that is wired directly to your router, you will need to unplug the Ethernet cable and connect to this Wi-Fi network before you can proceed.

Use the illustrations below to help you choose the type of device you are using:

Computer

Windows
Windows 10 Desktop
macOS
macOS Desktop

Mobile Device

Android
Android Home Screen
iOS
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 the RP-N12 Wi-Fi network from the list.
    Network name highlighted in Wi-Fi list on Android.
    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. Launch the browser that you use to go online.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. Navigate to repeater.asus.com and sign in with the default login credentials of the range extender.
    Address bar highlighted in internet browser.

    The default user name and password are both admin.

  3. Once signed in you will be asked to change the default password you just used. To keep it simple, you can use the same login password you use for your router. Click or tap Next to continue.
    Password entry fields and Next button highlighted in range extender setup wizard.

    This is the device administration login password and it is different from the Wi-Fi password, which you use to connect to the Wi-Fi.

  4. Select your router's Wi-Fi network name from the list.
    Wi-Fi network list highlighted in range extender setup wizard.
  5. Enter your router's Wi-Fi password and click or tap Connect.
    Password entry field and Connect button highlighted in range extender setup wizard.
  6. If your range extender supports 5GHz networks and your router is set up with one, you will be asked to connect to that as well. Select the Wi-Fi network.
    5GHz network highlighted in Wi-Fi network list in range extender setup wizard.
  7. Enter your router's Wi-Fi password for that network and click or tap Connect.
    Password entry field and Connect button highlighted in range extender setup wizard.
  8. You will be asked whether you want to use the default Wi-Fi network name and Wi-Fi password. To keep it simple, it's best to do so. Otherwise you can un-check the box next to Use default setting and fill in the Wi-Fi credentials you'd like to use for the range extender. Either way, click or tap Next once you're done.
    Use default setting checkbox and and Next button highlighted in range extender setup wizard.

    Your range extender will mimic your home's current Wi-Fi network name, but will simply have "_RPT" attached to the end. The Wi-Fi password will remain the same as the network it's extending.

  9. Wait for the range extender to be configured.
    Range extender being configured during wizard setup.
  10. At the end you will be presented with a summary of the range extender's configuration. You'll be shown the Wi-Fi credentials needed to connect your devices to the range extender's Wi-Fi. Click or tap Finish to conclude the setup.
    Finish button highlighted on range extender setup summary 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 Apple iOS devices and generations.
  1. Open Settings.
    iOS Settings.
  2. Select Wi-Fi.
    iOS Wi-Fi
  3. Select the RP-N12 Wi-Fi network from the list.
    Network name highlighted in Wi-Fi list on iOS.
    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.
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 RP-N12 Wi-Fi network from the list.
    Network name highlighted in Wi-Fi list in Windows.
  3. Select Connect.
    Connect button highlighted on Wi-Fi connection prompt in Windows.
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.
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 your the RP-N12 Wi-Fi network from the list.
    Network name highlighted in Wi-Fi list on macOS.
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.
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