How to Set Up Netgear as a Repeater

By Chris Hoffman

Some Netgear routers come with a repeater function, known as WDS, or wireless distribution system. A router functioning as a repeater sends its traffic to the original router, allowing you to extend a single wireless network over a larger area with an additional router. Configuring the Netgear router to function as a repeater also requires configuring repeating settings on the router that originates the wireless signal you want to repeat. Each router must have the same wireless network settings configured.

Step 1

Connect your computer to the router you want to function as a repeater with a standard Ethernet cable.

Step 2

Log in to the Netgear router by typing "192.168.1.1" into your Web browser's address box. Press "Enter," and then type "admin" into the user name box. Type "password" or your custom password into the password box and press "Enter."

Step 3

Click "Maintenance" > "Router Status."

Step 4

Write down the value of the "MAC Address" displayed on the status screen.

Step 5

Connect to the wireless network you want to repeat.

Step 6

Log in to the Netgear router by typing "192.168.1.1" into your Web browser's address box. Press "Enter," and then type "admin" into the user name box. Type "password" or your custom password into the password box and press "Enter."

Step 7

Click "Wireless Settings."

Step 8

Write down the values of the "SSID," "Mode," "11N Channel," "Security Options" and "Security Encryption Key" fields.

Step 9

Click "Advanced" and "Wireless Repeating Function."

Step 10

Click "Enable Wireless Repeating Function" and "Wireless Base Station."

Step 11

Type the MAC address of the repeater router into the "Repeater MAC Address 1" boxes.

Step 12

Write down the MAC address of this router from the "Wireless MAC of this Router" field on the page.

Step 13

Click "Apply."

Step 14

Connect your computer to the router you want to function as a repeater with a standard Ethernet cable.

Step 15

Log in to the Netgear router by typing "192.168.1.1" into your Web browser's address box. Press "Enter," and then type "admin" into the user name box. Type "password" or your custom password into the password box and press "Enter."

Step 16

Click "Wireless Settings."

Step 17

Set the "SSID," "Mode," "11N Channel," "Security Options" and "Security Encryption Key" fields to the same values as the other router.

Step 18

Click "Apply."

Step 19

Click "Advanced" and "Wireless Repeating Function."

Step 20

Click "Enable Wireless Repeating Function" and "Wireless Repeater."

Step 21

Type the other router's MAC address into the "Base Station MAC Address" boxes.

Step 22

Type an IP address for the repeater router into the "Repeater IP Address" boxes. If the routers are using the default settings, type "192.168.1.99." Otherwise, type an IP address in the same range as the original router. For example, if you've set the original router's IP to "192.168.0.1," type "192.168.0.99" here.

Step 23

Click "Apply."