The setup and connection procedures for the Belkin Wi-Fi Range Extender model F9k1106v1, codify 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 routine in a wizard style web site as you’ll see below. So, nearly all you have to do is answer some questions. Most of these they answer for you with useful default values. Then, you find your networks to extend in a list. Enter their passwords. Then this extender takes it from there. It connects to your WiFi networks and repeats them, extending their range.
The picture above shows the F9k1106v1, connected to and extending our Wi-Fi networks. The status lamp on the front (top right corner in this picture), glows a solid blue. This means that the extender is getting good signal from the primary network(s) you put into it. It then repeats these as hoped. In this routine, we first erase any old settings. Then we show you how to program the extender, “from the ground up,” to extend the networks in your space.
Belkin Range Extender Setup F9K1106v1 Instructions, Step by Step
1. Reset the F9k1106v1 to Factory Default Settings
You may skip ahead to step 2 if you purchased this Wi-Fi range extender brand new.
But you’ll want to RESET this device if you bought a used one, just in case the seller did not clear out their settings. Follow the instructions in our Belkin Wi-Fi Range Extender Reset Instructions article.
2. Log into the WiFi Range Extender
Then, go to your computer or mobile device. Then, scan for the “Belkin.setup” WiFi network. We found it on our iPad Air, as shown next. This access point is only active during setup. Thus, it disappears once you finish setting up the F9K1106v1.
Next, join the Belkin.setup network. Since it is OPEN, you will see no prompt for a password. On the iPad Air, we join it simply by single-tapping it.
Once connected, the Belkin.range front page comes up, as shown next. If it does not, then point your web browser to http://belkin.range/
Tap the “Get Started” button on the http://belkin.range page. This tells the WiFi range 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
On the screen below, choose the 5 Ghz. primary WiFi network, whose range you wish to extend. In this demo, we extend the 937T681J4059H_5G network. This is the first network in the list below, highlighted in blue. If on the other hand, you’re only extending a 2.4 Ghz. wireless network, skip ahead to step 6.
Note that if your network does not display in the above list, it may be hidden. In that case, press the “I don’t see my network here” button, and follow the steps 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 show up here if they’re too far away from this range extender. Their signals may be too weak thus.
To solve this common Belkin range extender setup F9K1106v1 problem, move the extender closer to your primary WiFi access point. Then, tap / click the “Refresh” button above, to force the range extender to re scan for networks to extend.
Now if you do see your network, as we see our 937T681J4059H_5G network above, tap its entry in the list. This selects it. Then tap the “Next” button.
The password entry screen then appears, as displayed in the next screen shot.
4. Enter the Password for your 5 Ghz. Network
Enter your primary network password for the 5 Ghz. network that you’re extending.
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 what you typed in to make sure it’s right.
Be sure the password is right before pressing the “Next” button above. Our experience with the 1.00.16 version of this firmware, using our iPad Air here, is that if the password is wrong, you’ll be disconnected from the Belkin.setup Wi-Fi network. When you try connecting again, the extender will keep throwing you out. So you will be unable to finish the setup. This forces you to start over by pressing the hard RESET button on the back.
At any rate, then press the “Next” button.
This displays the “Checking the password” screen, while the range extender tries to connect to the primary 5 Ghz. network you set.
A progressing bar displays while this linking takes place, as shown next.
5. Select the 2.4 Ghz. WiFi Network to Extend (If Any)
After the “Checking the password” screen clears, and assuming that you’ve entered the correct password above, you’re taken 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. Wi-Fi networks, since 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. But it does one of each at the same time.
Find the 2.4 Ghz. network to extend in the list and tap / click it.
The system then prompts for its password, as seen next.
6. Enter the Password for your 2.4 Ghz. WiFi Network
Type in the password for the primary 2.4 Ghz. network you’re extending.
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, you get the “Extended Network information” screen, as shown in the next step.
Note that this extender does not support cross-connecting of extended and extension networks. That is, you cannot extend a 2.4 Ghz. WiFi network with the 5 Ghz. extension SSID on this extender. You may only set up the 2.4 Ghz. extension SSID to repeat a 2.4 Ghz. primary Wi-Fi network. Also, the 5 Ghz. extension network can only re-broadcast a 5 Ghz. Wi-Fi 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 and network admins.
7. Check that the Extended Networks Info is Right
Note that we mask our passwords with “pink paint,” to keep them secure. Check the presented net data one final time, just 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 scrap all the info entered in this entire routine, by tapping the “Start Over” button, and then jumping back to step 2 to re enter everything.
But if the 2.4 Ghz. and 5 Ghz. network info displayed in the “Extended Network information” screen looks okay, then tap the “Create Extended Networks” button. This brings the new Wi-Fi networks “on the air,” and takes you to the final screen in this WiFi range extender setup.
8. Look 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 data by pressing the “Print Extended Network Information” button.
Do this quickly though, as this screen times out after fifteen seconds, and goes away along with the Belkin.setup network, which again, is supplied by the WiFi range extender only during setup.
9. See that your Extended WiFi Networks Now Appear
To do this, we pulled up the Settings->Wi-Fi screen on our iPad air, which scans for in-range WiFi 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 provided by the extender end in “xt”, which are the 937T681J4059H_2G_xt, and the 937T681J4059H_5G_5xt networks.
You may then connect to either one of the “xt” networks, and you should obtain the same access that the primary WiFi networks offer, albeit fifty percent slower.
10. Belkin Range Extender Setup F9K1106v1 Done!
Enjoy. You’ve now successfully setup your Belkin F9K1106v1 range extender. Have fun!
Qualifiers and Disclaimers
- We wrote this routine for Belkin range extender setup F9K1106v1, running Belkin firmware 1.0.16.
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- Product Technical Support Page
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