Netgear WiFi Extender Not Connecting to Router

Are you getting “Netgear WiFi extender not connecting to router” issue? If you nod in yes, then this issue must be fixed as soon as possible. Why? The answer is simple! This type of issue i.e. Netgear WiFi extender not connecting to router may give you not working issue.

Fret not! We have got you covered! Here, in this troubleshooting blog, we have provided a number of tips through which you can easily cope up with the issue at hand. Let’s get the ball rolling!

There can be a number of reasons causing “Netgear WiFi extender not connecting to router” issue. Some of them are provided below. Once you come to know the actual reason behind the issue, you will have no problem while fixing it. Continue reading!

  • Partial Netgear extender setup
  • Wrong placement of your Netgear device
  • Your router and Netgear extender and placed at a distance
  • Loose or improper connection
  • Outdated Netgear extender firmware

These are some common reasons behind “Netgear WiFi extender not connecting to router” issue. Now, let’s dig a little deeper and grab the fixes to troubleshoot the issue.

Fixed: Extender Not Connecting to Router

Fix 1

Check the Connectivity

Make sure that you have used a working and non-damaged Ethernet cable to connect your Netgear WiFi range extender and router. Apart from this, the Ethernet connection between the devices must be created successfully.

Once you are done, access the extender login page using and see whether this fix has troubleshot the issue for you or not.

Getting not working error? Did you nod in yes? Well, it means that your Netgear WiFi extender and router are still not connected properly.

In that case, we suggest you:

  • Replace the Ethernet cable (if it is damaged)
  • Connect your router and Netgear extender in a wireless manner

Fix 2

Check the Compatibility

If you are still getting “Netgear WiFi extender not connecting to router” issue, then you must check the compatibility between the devices. Bear in mind – if your router is not compatible with the extender, then you will surely going to face issues while connecting them.

So, make sure that your router and Netgear extender makes a perfect pair. If you don’t find any compatibility between the devices, then you can think to replace your existing router with a well-compatible one.

Once there is compatibility between the devices, you will have no issues while connecting them for sure. Want to verify? Access the Settings page of your Netgear extender using web address or IP. Here’s to hope that you are able to reach the extender’s settings page using Netgear’s default IP or web address?

No? Getting not working or not working error? Fine! There is a possibility that you are using or on a MacBook or an Apple device.

Let us tell you that – if you are using or on a MacBook or an Apple device, then it will surely give you non-working error. Yes, you read it absolutely right! or is used to log in to Netgear extender and access its settings using an Android or Windows computer/ laptop.

And, if you are using Apple or MacBook for the same, then mywifiext.local is the web address.

So, if you are thinking that you are getting “Netgear WiFi extender not connecting to router” issue because of the non-working of the web address, then we suggest – prior to applying the second fix use the correct web address as per the device. Maybe you will not need to replace your existing router. Let us hope that the router is compatible with the extender.

Fix 3

Power Cycle Netgear Extender

Technical glitches can also lead you to “Netgear WiFi extender not connecting to router” issue. For fixing this, it is advised to power cycle your Netgear WiFi range extender.

Here are the instructions to power cycle or restart your Netgear extender:

Step 1: First of all, disconnect your existing router and Netgear extender.

Step 2: Then, turn off your devices one-by-one.

Step 3: Let the devices rest for some time.

Step 4: Turn them on. It is recommended to turn on your router first and then your Netgear WiFi extender.

Step 5: Reconnect your devices using an Ethernet or wireless source.

Kudos! You have fixed “Netgear WiFi extender not connecting to router” issue on your own.


If your Netgear extender and router consist of the WPS button, then you can also connect them using the button. Just press the WPS button on your router, wait for a couple of minutes, and then press the WPS button on your Netgear extender as well.

In blink of an eye and your router and Netgear extender are successfully connected.

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