WiFi networks are wonderfully convenient, allowing you to connect to the internet without ugly wires and the constraints that come with them. However, WiFi networks are also influenced by many different factors, and their coverage isn’t always as great as we would like it to be. To extend your WiFi coverage, you could, of course, purchase a new router with the latest WiFi 6 technology, but that could be very expensive and doesn’t always deliver the desired results. In many situations, it’s much better to set up a WiFi extender, and Netgear WiFi extenders are known for their excellent performance and ease of use.
In this article, we explain how WiFi extenders work and provide detailed step-by-step instructions on how to set up your Netgear WiFi extender to achieve the best coverage possible.
What Is A WiFi Extender?
A WiFi extender is a handy device whose purpose is to extend the coverage of an existing WiFi network. It does this by receiving the existing signal broadcasted by your WiFi router, amplifying it, and then transmitting the implied signal as a separate WiFi network.
Indeed, most WiFi extenders create their own WiFi network, which is often considered to be their biggest downside. The only exception to this are mesh WiFi extenders, which simply extend the range of your existing network without broadcasting a separate SSID (Service Set Identifier).
Another downside of WiFi extenders is the fact that they reduce the total amount of available bandwidth in half, leading to slower connection speeds. This downside is offset by the performance boost associated with great signal strength, so a well-placed and properly configured WiFi extender can greatly improve your online experience.
How To Set Up Netgear WiFi Extender?
Setting up a Netgear WiFi extender is easy, and you don’t need any specialized equipment or skills. All you need to do is follow our step-by-step instructions:
- Connect your Netgear WiFi extender to a suitable wall outlet. The outlet should be located halfway between your WiFi router and the area where you want to extend the router’s signal.
- Grab a laptop or smartphone and connect to the extender’s WiFi network. It should have “NETGEAR” in its name. If you’re asked to enter a password, try “password” or “admin.”
- Go to mywifiext.net and click or tap the NEW EXTENDER SETUP button.
- Select your extender’s admin credentials. Make sure to remember them or save them someplace safe because you’ll need them to access the router’s admin interface in the future.
- Connect the extender to your existing WiFi network. Keep in mind that if you ever change the password or name of your main WiFi network, you will have to reconnect your WiFi extender.
- Name the WiFi network broadcasted by the Netgear WiFi extender and secure it with a strong password or passphrase. If you own a mesh WiFi extender, you should be able to use the same WiFi name and password as your existing network.
- Complete the setup process and connect your WiFi-enabled devices to the new network.
As you can see, it can take just a few minutes to set up a Netgear WiFi extender from scratch. If you would like to go a step further and ensure that you’re getting the best coverage possible, you can download a WiFi Heatmapper to your laptop and use it to discover areas of signal weakness. Simply moving either your router or extender to a different place could be enough to achieve even coverage.
How To Make Your Twitter Account And Tweets Private
How to make your entire Twitter account private to the public and choose which of your followers can view your tweets.
Although influencers, celebrities, and businesses use their Twitter profiles to promote products, services, or even themselves, the popular social media platform is still built around a base of everyday users sharing the news and opinions they care about most.
If you’ve built a Twitter account with a follower list of close friends and family, you may be happy simply interacting with people you know, and uncomfortable with the idea of strangers being able to see your Tweets. In that case, you’re in luck, because it’s relatively simple to make your Twitter account completely private so that only your list of followers will be able to see what you’ve posted and who you’ve interacted with.
In addition to making your account private to non-followers, you’ll gain an extra layer of security, as you’ll also be able to manually approve which followers can see your posts. Here’s how to change the settings to make your Twitter account private:
- Go to the Twitter website.
- In the left tab, click More, then Settings and Privacy in the pop-up menu.
- Click the Privacy and Safety tab, followed by Audience and Tagging.
- Check the box next to Protect your Tweets.
- Click Protect to confirm your selection.
In the Privacy and Safety tab, you can find additional settings such as Discoverability, as well as manage who can send you direct messages, and more.
- Open the Twitter app.
- Tap the Settings menu in the top-right corner (gearwheel icon).
- Tap the back arrow to see the full settings menu.
- Tap Privacy and Safety and next, Audience and Tagging.
- Tap the slider to the right of Protect your Tweets, which will turn green.
- Finally, tap Done.
It’s worth pointing out that you may have to toggle a different tab in order to view the settings icon in the top right of the screen.
Also Read: How To Lock Your Facebook Profile
How To Approve New Twitter Followers
- On the left menu tab, click More, then click Follower Requests in the pop-up menu.
- Click Accept or Decline for each request.
- Tap your profile photo in the top-right corner, then tap Follower Requests.
- Tap the green tick or red cross for each request.
So there you have it, your Twitter profile is now private and only the followers that you choose can see your posting activity.