How to use Belkin router as a range extender?

How to use Belkin router as a range extender?

Belkin is a widely known company that produces quality networking devices such as routers and extenders. Belkin routers are high performing routers as they provide high internet speed, better connectivity and a parental control feature which help to keep your children safe online. These routers give you the best of gaming experience and have an intelligent web browser interface helps in the easy setup of your Belkin router. Belkin routers have a built-in web-based setup page which allows its users to configure the advanced features of the device. The distinguishing feature which sets the Belkin router aside from the competition is that you can use the Belkin router as wifi extender.

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This blog post intends to show you how to use Belkin router as wifi extender. Let’s start with some of the features of Belkin router.

Features of Belkin routers–

  1. Multiple users can play games online, stream online videos
  2. Easy to set up with your tablet, Smartphone or computer
  3. It delivers high speed and ensures seamless wireless connectivity
  4. It increases the network coverage throughout your home
  5. It can easily connect to Belkin range extender
  6. You can also use your Belkin router as a wifi extender

If you have a big house or a large office space then a single router will not meet your internet needs. In that case, you should go for a second Belkin router.
You can use the second Belkin router as a wifi extender to increase the wireless network coverage, this is known as bridging. Bridging simply means to enable the bridging feature of your router and adding additional routers to the main router. A wireless bridge can be set up by following the mention steps.

  1. First of all, check all the routers involved to convert the second router into the Belkin wifi range extender that they support wireless bridging. You can check this by looking at the labels on the product box or by visiting the Belkin website.
  2. Connect the main router to a computer via an Ethernet cable. Make sure you plug the cable into the LAN port.
  3. Launch a web browser and type the router’s IP address in the address bar and hit enter. The default IP address for most of the Belkin router is 192.168.1.1 but if this does not work, consult your product documentation.
  4. Enter your login credentials, the default username is ‘admin’ and the default password is blank.
  5. Go to the LAN settings on the Status page and note down the router’s MAC address. You can open a notepad or MS Word to copy/paste the address into the document. Usually, the MAC address is also printed on a sticker on the router itself.
  6. Scroll to ‘Channel and SSID’ and note down both the SSID and the channel number.
  7. Scroll to the ‘Wireless’ tab and click on the ‘Wireless Bridge’ sub-tab.
  8. Check the ‘Enable Wireless Bridging’ and ‘Enable ONLY specific Access Points to connect’ box. By checking this box you ensure that no router in range acts as a repeater thus eliminates the security risk.
  9. Enter the main router’s MAC address in the fields provided next to AP1. Type the second router’s MAC address next to AP2. You can get the second router’s MAC address from its packaging. If you want to bridge more routers then add their MAC addresses as well.
  10. Click ‘Apply Changes’.
  11. Now configure the second router by repeating the steps 2-10, however, in step 6, configure the channel and SSID information to match the first router.
  12. Reboot both the router by unplugging and plugging the power cables. Wait for a moment till they fully reboot.

Congratulations you have successfully converted your second router into the Belkin wifi range extender. But if you find it hard to convert your Belkin router to extender then you can contact us on our toll-free number.

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