Use WPS to Add a PC to the Range Extender’s Wireless Network
WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) lets you connect a computer or wireless device to the range extender’s network without entering the wireless network passphrase or key. Instead, you use a WPS button or enter a PIN to connect. WPS supports WPA and WPA2 wireless security. If your range extender network is open (no wireless security is set), then connecting with WPS automatically sets WPA2 + WPA wireless security on the range extender network.
Note: You cannot use the Push 'N' Connect WPS button to connect the range extender to your wireless network. The WPS button on the range extender can be used only to connect a computer to the range extender.
The Universal WiFi Extender WN2000RPT Installation Guide explains how to use WPS during installation.
To join the extender’s network using WPS after installation:
1. From the range extender menu at http://www.mywifiext.net, under the Setup heading, select Add WPS Client. The following screen displays:
Select a radio button.
• Push Button (recommended). Either click the button or press the WPS button on the front of the range extender.
• PIN Number. Select the radio button, and a PIN displays.
The range extender tries to find the wireless client (the computer) that is attempting to join the network. If you are using a WPS button, it tries for 2 minutes. If you are using a PIN, it tries for 4 minutes.
3. Go to your wireless computer. Use its WPS software to try to connect to the range extender.
The first time you add a WPS client, WPS automatically sets the range extender’s wireless security to WPA2 + WPA with a random passphrase. You can view these settings in the Wireless Settings screen, described in the following section.
Range Extender Wireless Settings
You can use the Wireless Settings screen to change the network name (SSID) for the range extender’s network and to set up wireless security. If you do not change these settings, the network name is NETGEAR_EXT, and the network is open (no wireless security is set up).
Note: If you use a wireless computer to change the extender’s wireless settings, you will be disconnected when you click Apply. To reconnect, you must select the new network name that you created, and enter the passphrase or wireless security key that you set up.
To change the wireless settings for the extender’s network:
1. From the range extender menu at http://www.mywifiext.net, under the Setup heading, select Wireless Settings to display the following screen:
In the Name (SSID) field, you can type in a new name to customize your extender network. This will make it easier to identify your extender if more than one is operating in your neighborhood.
3. In the Security Options section of the screen, select the type of wireless security that you want to use on your network.
• None. This is an open wireless network. Any wireless computer or device is allowed to join this network.
• WEP. WEP is an older standard, and is less secure than WPA or WPA2. WEP uses encryption keys and data encryption for data security. You can select 64-bit or 128-bit encryption.
• WPA-PSK [TKIP]. WPA is more secure than WEP. When using wireless computers or devices that support WPA, you can enter a passphrase to join the extender’s wireless network.
• WPA2-PSK [AES]. WPA2 is even more secure, but some older computers do not support this standard. When using wireless computers or devices that support WPA2, you can enter the passphrase to join the extender’s wireless network.
• WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PASK [AES]. When using wireless computers or devices that support either WPA or WPA2, you can enter the passphrase to join the extender’s wireless network.
4. Click Apply to save your settings.
5. Use your wireless computer to connect to the extender’s network with its new settings. The Smart Wizard can guide you through this process.
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