Linksys WiFi range extenders are known to put an end to the endeavor of a lagging internet connection. However, accessing the internet will only be possible if the user connects his/ her device to the extender’s WiFi network name i.e. Linksys extender setup–xxx. It has been found that 60% of users are unable to do so because of their lack of knowledge. In case you also lack that knowledge, walk through this post. Here, we will provide you with detailed instructions about how to connect to Linksys extender.
Before Connecting Your Device to Linksys Extender
Once you connect your device (laptop/mobile phone/computer) to the Linksys extender network, you will be able to access the extender’s web GUI easily.
However, you are supposed to get acquainted with a few things prior to connecting to the WiFi network of your range extender. Here they are:
- SSID (WiFi name of your range extender) – It is Linksys extender setup-xxx by default
- Network key (WiFi password of your extender) – The default value can be found on the extender’s label
Once you are aware of these two factors, you can proceed to connect your device to the extender’s network. Given in the next section are the instructions that can help you connect your mobile to the Linksys extender network.
How to Connect Mobile Phone to Linksys Extender?
Before you start the process, be sure that your mobile phone has enough battery and you have not blocked its internet access from the main router’s network. Otherwise, you will not be able to connect to Linksys extender even after numerous attempts:
- Unlock your mobile phone and disable cellular data.
- Long press the WiFi icon till the list of WiFi networks appears on the mobile screen.
- Locate the network name that belongs to your extender.
- Tap it and enter the extender’s network key.
- The network key of your Linksys range extender is case-sensitive.
- After entering the password, tap Connect.
- Your mobile phone will get connected to the extender’s WiFi.
This is how you can connect your mobile device to the Linksys extender’s WiFi network. Now, you are free to enjoy internet services. Moreover, you can also manage the extender’s network via the Linksys app. Just in case, you own a Velop mesh WiFi system, your mobile phone needs to be connected to the node’s network for home network management via Linksys Velop login details.
If you want to connect your laptop or computer to the Linksys extender’s network, you can use the Network and Internet Settings utility. However, you always have the liberty to cable these devices to the range extender directly.
How to Connect to Linksys Extender Hidden Network?
The previous section shed light on the instructions to connect to the range extender if its WiFi name (SSID) is visible on the network list. But, what will you do if the extender’s SSID is hidden? In that case, you are required to manually enter the SSID and password of the Linksys extender. Wondering how? Here’s what you need to do:
Note: The settings menu may vary for different devices. However, you can follow this procedure to connect to a hidden WiFi network in most cases.
- Tap Settings > WiFi.
- Now, select the Add WiFi Network option.
- Thereafter, input the network name (SSID) of the extender.
- Also, enter the security type and WiFi password.
- Tap the Connect option to finalize the process.
This is how you can connect an Android mobile phone to the hidden WiFi network of the Linksys extender. In case you own an iPhone, you need to follow the path: Settings > WiFi > Other and enter the required values. Lastly, tap Join to connect your iPhone to the extender.
If you want to connect your Windows 10 computer to the hidden network of your extender, select Network Settings > WiFi > Hidden Network > Connect. Thereafter, enter the Linksys extender SSID, and enter the network security key when prompted. Click Next to wrap up the connection process.
The Final Thoughts
That’s all about how to connect to Linksys extender. We hope that you will be able to connect your devices to the extender’s network in a hassle-free way. However, your device needs to be present within the range of your extender. Apart from this, it should be virus-free. Once your client device gets connected to the extender, open a web browser and try to visit your favorite website to test the network connection.