The setup and connection procedures for the Belkin wireless range extender model F9k1106v1, define simplicity itself when you have screen shots from an actual setup scenario, as we took here, while connecting our copy to our existing wireless networks.
The Belkin firmware automates much of the setup routine, in a wizard style web web site as you’ll see below. So, you need only answer a few questions. Most of these answers Belkin already sets to default values.
Then, you find your networks to extend in a list.
Enter their passwords. Then this extender takes it from there. It links to the WiFi networks you chose, and repeats them. E.g. It extends their range.
The picture above shows the F9K1106v1, connected to and extending our wireless networks. The status lamp on the front (top right corner in this picture), glows a solid blue. This means that this device is receiving good signal from the primary network(s), and is repeating them successfully. Here, we’re going to wipe it clean of any custom settings. Then, we show you how to program it, to extend the networks in your space.
Belkin F9K1106v1 Setup Instructions
1. Reset the F9K1106v1 to Default Factory Values
Jump ahead to step 2 if you bought this extender brand new.
But do RESET this device if you bought a used one, just in case the seller did not clear out their custom settings. Follow the instructions in our Belkin Wireless Range Extender Reset Instructions article.
2. Log Into the F9K1106v1 Admin Web Site
Then, go to your computer or mobile device and scan for the “Belkin.setup” wireless network. We found it on our iPad Air, as pictured next. This access point is only active during the setup process, and will disappear once you’ve finished configuring the F9K1106v1.
Next, join the Belkin.setup network. Since it is OPEN, you will not be prompted for a password. On the iPad Air, we join it simply by single-tapping it.
Once connected, the Belkin.range front page comes up automatically, as shown next. If it does not appear, then direct your web browser to http://belkin.range
Tap the Get Started button on the http://belkin.range page. This tells the extender to scan both the 2.4 and 5 Ghz. bands for WiFi networks to extend.
After a short pause, your browser shows the Choose the wireless network you’d like to extend screen, as seen in the next step.
3. Choose the 5 Ghz. WiFi Network to Extend to Continue with Belkin F9K1106v1 Setup
On the screen below, choose the 5 Ghz. primary wireless network, whose range you wish to extend. In this demo, we’re extending the 937T681J4059H_5G network. This is the first network in the list below.
If on the other hand, you’re only extending a 2.4 Ghz. network, skip ahead to step 6 below.
Note that if your network does not display in the above list, it may be hidden. If that happens, press the I don’t see my network here button. Then follow the instructions for manual entry of your network’s SSID, security type, and password. Once you enter that data, skip down to step 5.
Your network(s) may also fail to appear here if they’re physically too far away from this range extender. Their signals may therefore be too weak. To solve this, move the F9K1106v1 closer to your primary wireless access point. Then, tap / click the “Refresh” button above, to force the extender to rescan for eligible networks to extend.
However, if you do see your network, as we see our 937T681J4059H_5G network above, tap its entry in the list to select it, and then tap the “Next” button. The password entry screen then appears, as displayed in the next screen shot.
4. Enter the Password for the 5 Ghz. Network you Picked
Enter your primary network password for the 5 Ghz. wireless network that you’re extending. Warning: Your password will clearly display on this screen as you enter it, so do this step where no one will see it that you’d rather NOT have see it.
Once you type in all password characters, check closely over what you typed in. Make sure the passwords are right.
Be sure the password is correct before pressing the “Next” button above. We saw this issue with the 1.00.16 version of this firmware. Using our iPad Air to set this up. Then, if the password is wrong, the system disconnects you from the Belkin.setup Wifi network.
When you try to connect again, the system keeps turning you away. Then, you will be unable to finish the setup.
This forces you to start over by pressing the hard RESET button on the back.
Then press the “Next” button. This displays the “Checking the password” screen, while the F9K1106v1 tries to connect to the primary 5 Ghz. network that you picked before. A progressing bar displays while these behind-the-scenes operations occur, again, as shown next.
5. Choose the 2.4 Ghz. WiFi Network to Extend (If Any)
The Checking the password screen then clears.
Now if you typed in the right password above, the system takes you again to the Choose the wireless network you’d like to extend screen, as shown next. But THIS time, the screen only shows the in-range 2.4 Ghz. wireless networks. Why? Because we’ve already extended a 5 Ghz. one above.
Note that this range extender only extends ONE 2.4 Ghz. network, and ONE 5 Ghz. network at a time.
Find the 2.4 Ghz. network you wish to extend in the displayed list and tap / click it.
The admin site then prompts you for that network’s password, as shown next.
6. Enter the Password for the 2.4 Ghz. Network you Chose to Continue with Belkin F9K1106v1 Setup
Type in the password for the primary 2.4 Ghz. network you’re extending.
Warning: Again, make sure you enter the correct password here, before pressing “Next”, lest you have to press RESET and start all over.
As with the 5 Ghz. password entry, you’ll see the “Checking the password” screen, as pictured above. After a short delay, and assuming you entered the right password, you’ll receive the “Extended Network information” screen, as shown in the next step.
Note that this extender does not support cross-connecting of extended and extension Wi-Fi networks. That is, you cannot extend a 2.4 Ghz. network with the 5 Ghz. extension SSID on this extender. The 2.4 Ghz. extension SSID can only repeat a 2.4 Ghz. main wireless network. Also, the 5 Ghz. extension network can only re-broadcast a 5 Ghz. WiFi network. Would be nice if you could “cross wire” the 2.4 and 5 Ghz. primary networks and extensions. But such a feature might confuse novice users as well as network admins.
7. Check your Extended Networks Info
Note that we’ve covered our entered passwords with “pink paint,” to keep them secure. Check the presented net data one final time, jus to make sure all is right.
You may choose to edit this data (change the SSIDs of the network extensions for example) by pressing the “Edit” button and then, following the instructions.
Or, you can choose to completely scrap all the information entered in this entire procedure, by tapping the “Start Over” button, and then jumping back to step 2 to re enter everything.
However, if the 2.4 Ghz. and 5 Ghz. network information displayed in the “Extended Network information” screen looks okay, then tap the “Create Extended Networks” button. This brings the new wireless networks “on the air,” and takes you to the final screen in this Wi-Fi range extender setup.
8. Watch for the “Your extender is now configured…” Screen
If all went well, then after a short pause, the “Extended Networks Configuration Done” screen appears, as shown next. This page shows you the SSIDs, security types, and passwords of the extended networks you just set up.
You may print this information by pressing the “Print Extended Network Information” button.
Do this rapidly though. Why? Because this screen times out after fifteen seconds or so. Then it goes away and takes the Belkin.setup network with it.
9. Check that Extension WiFi Networks are Now Up and Running to Continue with Belkin F9K1106v1 Setup
To do this, we pulled up the Settings->Wi-Fi screen on our iPad air, which scans for in-range wireless networks and displays the ones nearby that it finds. Ours looks as follows, now that this range extender has been properly set up. The network SSIDs from the extender end in “xt”. These are the 937T681J4059H_2G_xt, and 937T681J4059H_5G_5xt networks.
10. Done with Belkin F9K1106v1 Setup !
The Belkin f9K1106v1 setup. is now complete. You may now connect to either one of the “xt” networks. On these, you should get the same access that the main WiFi networks offer, albeit just half as fast.
Qualifiers and Disclaimers
- This routine works with an extender running Belkin firmware 1.0.16.
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References for Belkin f9K1106v1 Setup Instructions
- Product Technical Support Page
- Users Manual (pdf)
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- 2019-06-05: Added targeting for ‘Belkin F9K1106v1 Setup’, deleted ad code, and added more tags and links.
- 2017-01-20: Originally published.