A Linksys range extender compliments your existing network by extending its wireless range. But, is it a wise idea that you complete the Linksys WiFi extender setup process and never look back at the extended settings again? Never! Considering that you’ve extended your existing WiFi network, you are now required to change its extended WiFi settings. Just in case you don’t know why it should be done, this post will help you out. In addition, you are also gonna familiar with the steps to change the extended settings of your Linksys extender. Read on.
Why to Change Linksys Extender’s WiFi Settings?
When you connect your Linksys extender to the main access point or router and set it up, it gets configured but runs on the default settings. FYI, running a Linksys WiFi range extender on the default settings is one of the worst ideas. It is because it will make your range extender network fall victim to the prying eyes of WiFi thieves. What will you do in that scenario? Actually, you can’t kick off every unauthorized user accessing your extender via the default settings. But, thankfully the quote “Prevention is better than cure” applies here too. You can change the extended wireless settings of your Linksys range extender to avoid it from being accessed by hackers.
Are you convinced why the default extended WiFi settings of the extender need to be changed? Well, now take a few moments and learn how to change the extended settings of the network created by your Linksys extender.
How to Change Linksys Extender’s Extended Settings?
- Connect Your WiFi Devices
The first step in changing the extended settings of the Linksys extender’s WiFi network is the establishment of a connection between your networking devices. The networking devices here are your Linksys extender and the host router. You can take the aid of a wired or wireless source for this purpose. It doesn’t matter what connection source you pick, however, the outcome i.e. the extender-router connection ought to be secure and stable.
- Open a Web Browser
Secondly, get your hands on any device (laptop or computer) accessing the Linksys extender setup-xxx. Thereafter, load your favorite internet browser. Wait! Is the web browser you are going to use for changing the Linksys extender’s extended settings updated? No? Then, update it first! Also, clear out its cookies. It will be the cherry on top as it will prevent the browser from loading a cached version of the device’s login page.
- Access extender.linksys.com
Now, the most crucial stage! The third step is all about accessing the Linksys extender’s default web address i.e. extender.linksys.com. Thus, get yourself to the address field of the browser. Strictly, the address field (not the search box). Here, type the default Linksys extender URL and hit the Enter key. Cross-checking the URL entry before pressing Enter on the keyboard will be a good idea.
- Input the Extender’s Password
After you successfully access the extender.linksys.com URL, you’ll soon find yourself in the window asking you to input the password of your Linksys device. This page is known as the Linksys extender login page. So, input the password of your device. Also, enter the username (if prompted) and select Log In. However, we want to tell you that the admin password of your extender is case-sensitive. Thus, you have to be extremely careful during its entry. Additionally, use the new password in case you’ve modified the default one.
- Navigate to Wireless
Are you on the Linksys extender setup page? If yes, then consider selecting the Basic Settings tab. After that, click the Wireless option from the list. You will now be prompted to select the frequency band for which you want to amend the extended wireless settings. So, do as prompted. FYI, you also have the option of making the extended settings as same as the main router. It’s up to you completely whether you want to opt for this option or manually assign other configurations. Once you reach the specific band’s settings page, assign a new SSID and network key. You can also change Advanced Settings like Channel Width, Security Mode, etc. However, always click the Save Settings button after making the required changes.
Changing the extended settings of your Linksys WiFi network allows you to prevent it from cybercrimes and WiFi bandits. We are hopeful that the instructions mentioned here will help you access the Linksys range extender setup wizard with ease and make changes to extended settings. Thanks for reading!