Product Reviews, Experiences, and Technical Insights from Thomas J. Hesley
How to Setup Netgear® WiFi Range Extender AC750 EX3700
The setup and connection procedures for the Netgear® AC750 WiFi range extender model EX3700, exemplify simplicity itself; especially when you have screen shots from an actual setup scenario, as we snapped here, while connecting our EX3700 to our existing wireless networks.
The Netgear® firmware automates much of the procedure in the Genie wizard web interface at the http:// website as you’ll see below, so that nearly all you need do is answer a few questions; most of which they supply with acceptable default values. Then, you find your networks to be extended in a list they provide, enter their passwords, and this wireless extender takes it from there. The EX3700 connects to your selected wireless networks and repeats them; extending their range as advertised.
The picture above shows the EX3700 Wi-Fi range extender, connected to and extending both our 2.4 Ghz. and 5 Ghz. wireless networks. The router lamp on the top left corner in this picture, glows a solid green, indicating that this device is receiving good signal from the primary network(s) previously programmed into it, and repeating them successfully. The power LED indicates that the unit is powered on; normal operation is denoted by, again, a steady green glow. The WPS lamp also glows, meaning that Wi-Fi protected setup is available (this light flashes when a WPS-based authentication is in progress). Finally, the device lamp, which is off in the above picture, glows when you connect a wireless device to one of the networks hosted by this range extender.
Now in this procedure, we’re going to wipe the EX3700 clean of any user-programmed settings, and show you how to set it up to extend the networks in your particular environment.
1. Connect the Netgear® extender to power. As shown above, you just plug it into a standard wall outlet. Do this in the same room as your primary router. The EX3700 needs to be close to your primary Wi-Fi during initial setup. However, once you’ve completed setup, you can then relocate the EX3700 to anywhere within range of your primary wireless network that need improved Wi-Fi network reception.
2. Reset the EX3700 to default factory values.
Jump ahead to step 3 if you purchased this extender brand new.
However, you’ll want to RESET this device if you bought a used one, just in case the seller did not clear out their customizations. Press the RESET button for ten seconds, located on the left side of the unit. The power light will blink yellow a few times, indicating that a reboot is in progress.
The reset has completed successfully when the power light glows that steady green, as shown next. Note that after a reset, neither the router nor device lamps should be glowing, as the EX3700 has not yet been connected to any routers or client devices yet.
3. Log into the EX3700 to configure it.
Then, go to your computer or mobile device and scan for the “NETGEAR_EXT” 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 EX3700.
Next, join the NETGEAR_EXT 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. Upon connection, our tablet was assigned the IP address 192.168.1.129.
Once connected, the Netgear® Genie® web site front page comes up automatically, as shown next. If this startup page does not appear within a few seconds of connecting, then head to your favorite browser the visit the site http://mywifiext.net/ .
4. Tap the New Extender Setup button. This brings up the new account creations screen as follows.
5. Enter new account information.You are prompted here for an email address, new account password, new account password confirmation, and two security questions. You can choose what each security question is from lists, and then enter the answer for each. Fill out this screen accordingly.
6. Tap the blue Next button. This brings up a screen that asks you how you wish to utilize your EX3700; you can use this Wi-Fi extender as an extender, or as a wireless access point. We’re not going to cover the WAP option here.
7. Tap the Wi-Fi Range Extender button, as pointed at by the pink arrow in the previous picture. This instructs the extender to scan both the 2.4 and 5 Ghz. bands for eligible wireless networks to extend and repeat.
After a short pause, your browser displays the “Choose the wireless network you’d like to extend” screen, as pictured in the next step.
8. Pick the Wi-Fi networks you wish to extend. Notice in the previous picture, the radio buttons to the left of each wireless network that the network scan discovered from the extender’s perspective.
In this example, the EX3700 found Wi-Fi networks in both the 2.4 Ghz. and 5 Ghz. bands. So, check either or both of these, depending on which band you want to extend. If you wish to extend a 2.4 Ghz network, but not a 5 Ghz. one, then check the 2.4 Ghz. Wi-Fi Networks checkbox, and uncheck the 5 Ghz. Wi-Fi Networks checkbox. Or, if you want to extend a 5 Ghz. network, but not a 2.4 Ghz. one, then check the reverse. That is, tap the 5 Ghz. Wi-Fi Networks checkbox, and uncheck the 2.4 Ghz. Wi-Fi Networks checkbox. Or, finally, in the case where you’re hoping to extend both 2.4 and 5 Ghz. networks, be sure to check both boxes. In our scenario here, we’re extending both network types, and so we have both check boxes marked in the previous picture.
Then, for each network band, tap the Wi-Fi network in that band you want to extend. In our case, in the 2.4 Ghz. networks list, we’re going to extend the 937T681J4059H_2G network, and in the 5 Ghz. networks list, we’re extending the 937T681J4059H_5G network. As highlighted by the pink lines in the previous picture, we’ve selected those networks, as shown in the next picture.
9. Tap the blue Next button. This then prompts you for the 2.4 Ghz. and 5 Ghz. wireless network passwords, as shown next.
10. Enter network security key (password) for one or both networks. Enter the password for the 2.4 Ghz. network you’re extending. Then, enter the password for the 5 Ghz. network you’re extending.
11. Tap the blue Next button. The extender then attempts to connect to the wireless network(s) you’ve chosen.
After a short pause, and if all goes well, the EX3700 successfully connects to the primary wireless networks being extended.
At this point, Genie® then prompts you, as shown in the next picture, to edit the network names and passwords for the new extension networks. There’s now one new network that the extender has created for your 2.4 Ghz. primary Wi-Fi network, and one for the 5 Ghz. Wi-Fi network. By default, these are named the same as your primary networks with slight modifications. Tthe 2.4 Ghz. extension has a “_2GEXT” string appended to it, and the 5 Ghz. extension network has a “_5GEXT” string appended to it. Also, the extended network passwords are by default, the same as the extended network passwords. We recommend not changing from these default network names, unless you have a compelling reason to do so.
12. Tap the blue Next button, as highlighted by the pink arrow in the previous picture.
13. Tap the blue Continue button. This closes the Netgear® Genie® interface.
14. Scan for the extended networks. On our iPad, we again visit the Settings page, under the Wi-Fi settings, and we get the following screen. The Wi-Fi networks being broadcast by the EX3700 are circled in pink in the next picture.
15. Move the EX3700 to where you need improved Wi-Fi signal. Unplug it and take it to the new location, plug it in there, and wait for it to finish booting. The lights on its front should look as follows once the extender again establishes connection with your primary network.
16. You’re done! Enjoy. You’ve now successfully setup your Netgear® AC750 EX3700 Wi-Fi Range Extender. Feel free to connect your wireless devices to the extension networks. Have fun!
Qualifiers and Disclaimers
This procedure was written using the following Netgear® firmware versions: