How to Add a Wireless Repeater
Your wireless network has several disadvantages that limit the signal's reach, but adding a wireless repeater can increase your computer's accessibility to your network. Wireless signals are subject to interference from a number of sources, including household appliances, metal and permanent building structures. In addition, a standard wireless installation may not be sufficient for a large building, according to WirelessLANs. A repeater extends your network's range when you place the device between your computer and your router, according to Microsoft. You should have an established router or modem, Internet service plan and a computer that meets your repeater's requirements.
Things You'll Need
- Resource disc
- Power adapter
- Ethernet cables
Install the Required Software
Insert the resource disc that came with the repeater into your computer's CD-ROM drive. The installation wizard should start. If not, double click the CD-ROM drive letter from "My Computer" and locate the "startup.exe" or "autorun.exe" file in the folder.
Click "Setup" or "Install" in the installation wizard window. This starts the software installation process. The wizard may guide you through installing the hardware. Follow the prompts that identify how to plug the Ethernet cables into your existing network components.
Click the remaining prompts to complete the software installation. Review your settings and click the "Finish" button.
Install the Wireless Repeater
Insert the power adapter into the wireless repeater's power slot. The power slot is typically located on the back of the device.
Push the other end of the power adapter into an open and conveniently located wall socket. Turn the wireless repeater on using the power button, if required.
Insert one end of the Ethernet cable into the wireless repeater's Internet port.
Insert the other end of the Ethernet cable into your router's Internet port.
Configure the Wireless Repeater
Insert one end of an Ethernet cable into the LAN port on the wireless repeater. Connect the other end to your computer's Ethernet port. You only need to complete this step to configure your repeater's settings. You can remove the cable later if you have an wireless network.
Open your Internet browser and enter the configuration address provided by the manufacturer. Hit the "Enter" key to open the configuration login page.
Enter the login credentials provided by the manufacturer. Make sure you change your login information to prevent security breaches.
Click "Wireless Settings" to enter your network information. You may need to click a setup link to locate wireless settings.
Click your security option. You can typically choose from WEP or some variation of WPA. Select the security protocol the rest of your devices utilize.
Enter your security key or passphrase. Follow any remaining prompts and click "Finish" or "OK" to save your changes.