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 Create A Website (A Beginners Guide)
From choosing the right domain name, to picking a reliable web hosting provider, this beginners guide shows you how to create the perfect website for your personal brand, business, or side hustle.
Whether you’re a small business owner advertising your product or service online, or a student looking to make some cash from a side hustle or two, knowing how to create your own website from scratch is an essential skill that you need to master.
Sure, the idea of building your own site can sound a little daunting, but trust us, it’s a lot easier than you think, and the skills you’ll learn along the way will give you a huge advantage over the competition. Here are just a few of the reasons why:
- Web design costs money. If you’re trying to grow a business, you’ll save a ton of cash that can be channeled into things like advertising and branding, especially when you consider the ongoing costs of modifying your site over time.
- You’ll be able to react quickly to market trends and stay ahead of the competition, because you’ll be able to update your site without needing to wait for a designer to help you.
- You’ll learn a valuable skillset that you might even be able to use to turn a decent profit.
If we’ve piqued your interest and you’re keen to get started, carry on reading this handy guide that will walk you through the process of creating a website from beginning to end:
Get Yourself A Domain Name
Before you do anything else, you’ll need a domain name for your site. There are literally hundreds of domain vendors out there, and they’re all pretty similar in terms of pricing and features.
Some companies offer free email accounts with domains, whereas others are more spartan in terms of added extras, but extremely cheap to use.
Registering your domain is as simple as adding it to the cart and paying at the checkout. Once the order is processed, you’ll see your shiny new domain sitting in the admin area of your account.
Are Some Domains Better Than Others?
There’s a lot of misinformation out there about domain choice. SEO gurus used to be adamant that you had to get a .com domain, which ideally used your exact brand or site description in Its title. These days, most of that advice is out of date, and the domain you choose (and its ending) make very little difference to how your site will rank in Google. With that being said, if you can get a region specific domain, all the better.
Purchase Some Web Hosting
Once you have a domain name registered, you’ll need to get yourself some web hosting. When you buy web hosting, you’re essentially renting a space on a computer server. That computer server is online 24 hours a day, and when your visitors type your domain name into their address bar, or click on a link to your site, they’re directed to the server where all of the files are stored that make up your website.
When it comes to selecting web hosting, you have a couple of options: It’s entirely possible to buy a domain from one company and web hosting from another. However, for ease of use, beginners might want to purchase their domain and web hosting at the same time.
All of the companies mentioned above (GoDaddy, Namecheap, Bluehost and HostGator) offer good quality, cheap hosting as well as domain names, so purchasing both at the same time makes a great deal of sense.
Some Advice On Hosting Costs
Many hosting companies offer extremely cheap deals for the first year’s hosting, as the industry itself is extremely competitive in nature. Just make sure you read the small print and check the renewal price, or you may get a nasty surprise when you get auto-billed at year two.
Setting Up Your Domain & Hosting
These days, setting up your domain and hosting is a mostly automated process, and every major company has in-depth beginner guides to get you up and running. With that being said, there are a few things to remember:
- Make sure your domain works with and without the WWW. prefix. This is easy enough to manage in your control panel, and is often already in place.
- Check that your domain is “pointing” to your hosting package, so that when visitors use your domain, they’re directed to the right place. To do this, most companies’ control panels will have a setting listed under something like “name servers”. Here you’ll have an option to point the domain to your hosting.
- Make sure your domain and hosting are set to “auto renew”, if you intend to keep the site running after the first year.
- Check the privacy settings if you want to hide your domain’s registrant details from the public records.
Log In To The cPanel
cPanel is the administrative area of your web server, and although it sounds scary, it’s really just a simple interface where most tasks can be completed in a few mouse clicks. Usually, when you buy web hosting, you’ll get notified when your server space is ready with an email, a link to the cPanel area, and the log in details. This usually happens within 5 minutes after purchase.
Once you’re logged in to the cPanel, you’re ready to build your website!
WordPress is an open-source, completely free piece of software that allows you to quickly build a beautiful looking company website or blog. It’s by far the easiest way for beginners to setup a website and you can install it in just a few clicks.
To get started, you’ll need to be in the admin area of the cPanel. From there, find an icon named something like “Softaculous” or “Software” and you should find an option to install WordPress.
Select a domain, name your site, make a note of the login details and then click “install”. After a few moments, your website will be ready to go!
When your site is installed, navigate to YourDomainName.com/wp-admin.php. Enter your login details and you’ll be directed to the dashboard area of your new WordPress install. At that point, you’re ready to add content to your new site.
It really is that simple!
Customize Your Theme & Pages
Now, although your WordPress website should display correctly when you visit your domain name, you’ll probably be pretty disappointed with what you first see when you arrive at the site.
By default, WordPress is installed with a couple of demo pages and a very basic, vanilla looking theme. You’ll need to customize your site with a theme of your choice and of course, all of your own content and branding.
What Is A WordPress Theme?
WordPress itself is the background “engine” that runs your website, but the overall layout, design and branding is controlled by swappable templates called “Themes”. There are hundreds of themes to choose from, enabling you to customize your site to suit any type of blog, product or business imaginable.
Adding A Theme
To add a new theme to WordPress, all you need to do is look for the “appearance” tab on the left-hand side of the admin area, and navigate to “themes”.
From there, you’ll see the themes that you currently have installed, as well as an option in the top left corner to “add new”. Clicking this button will take you to the WordPress theme directory, where you have access to huge selection of great looking themes.
To install a theme, simply click “install”. Once a theme is installed, you’ll see a button appear inviting you to “activate” the theme. Click this, and you’re all set and ready to go.
To get your site up and running, you’ll need to create pages for your content. At the bare minimum, you’ll need an “about” page, a “contact” page and a “home” page. To add these pages to your site, simply click on the “pages” tab on the left menu of the WordPress dashboard. This will reveal further options to add more pages to your site, or view and edit the pages that already exist.
Customizing Your Website
Once you have your theme, pages and content in place, it’s time to customize your site to your taste. To modify the look and feel of a WordPress site, head over to the “appearance” tab to the left of the dashboard, and click “customize” on the next menu. Doing so will reveal a wealth of different options and settings for altering your theme to your requirements.
WordPress itself can be as simple or as complicated as you wish, and there’s a virtually infinite range of plugins and add-ons that can turn your site into a fully featured online store, a hotel booking site and everything in-between.
Other Options For Building A Website
We’d always recommend taking the time to learn how to set up a WordPress website, just because it’s such a flexible and versatile option. We’re rapidly approaching the point where the majority of personal and business websites on the internet are running on the WordPress platform, so there’s a huge amount of knowledge and information out there to help you along the way, and a massive variety of themes and plugins to choose from.
With all of that being the case, there are a couple of obvious alternatives to WordPress, especially if you have more specific needs in mind:
WIX is very much a beginner option, and can’t compete with WordPress for customization options or versatility. Where WIX does score points is in its ease of use: When you sign up for WIX, you essentially don’t have to worry about domains, hosting, setting up the cPanel or any website software. Everything on WIX is done for you, and the drag and drop page builder is much easier to use than the WordPress dashboard.
Shopify, as the name suggests, is aimed squarely at businesses looking to setup an online store. For a monthly fee, Shopify allows you to run a fully featured retail website, complete with custom themes, a shopping cart and much more besides.
If you plan on selling physical products online, then Shopify is probably a better choice than WordPress, as although plugins exist to turn WordPress into an online storefront, it can get complicated very quickly, especially if you’re a raw beginner.
Squarespace is much like WIX, in that it’s a fully featured website creation tool, doing away with software and hosting, and using a bespoke page builder and templating system instead. Squarespace is just as easy to use as WIX, but is aimed more towards personal and portfolio sites for creative types, priding itself more on aesthetics and visual beauty rather than outright versatility.
Weebly blends elements of all of the above services to create a product that has the ease of use of WIX, the aesthetic appeal of Squarespace, and the online store elements of Shopify. There’s a range of great looking templates to choose from and the site builder is very easy to use.
This guide only scratches the surfaces of what’s possible with WordPress, but we hope it goes some way to demonstrating just how easy it is to get a site up and running quickly.
With a little time and perseverance, it’s possible to customize a WordPress install to fulfill any role or function imaginable, and for those of you that don’t feel confident tackling the entire installation process, it’s perfectly possible to use one of the other options like WIX or Squarespace to quickly and easily create a website and start your online business in less than a day.
Have you been wanting to create a website for your personal brand, business, or side hustle, but just didn’t know where to start? We hope this guide helped give you some insight on the entire process.