Netgear extenders are the prettiest choice to extend the WiFi range in your home. Apart from that, Netgear range extenders come with various features that can optimize your internet-usage experience to the next level. One such feature is Netgear Fastlane technology. It enables the extender to provide a high-speed internet connection with a dedicated frequency band. Continue reading to know more about Netgear FastLane Technology and how to configure it on your wireless extender.
What is Netgear FastLane Technology?
In the normal operating mode a.k.a internet surfing mode, the WiFi device extends both frequency bands (2.4GHz band and 5GHz band) simultaneously. If your Netgear extender operates in this mode, its WiFi performance dampens.
But, Netgear FastLane Technology allows users to connect their WiFi-enabled devices to a dedicated frequency band. Now, let’s head over to the steps to FastLane Technology on your extender by accessing the mywifiext page so that you can enjoy HD gaming and online streaming without any lag.
Steps to Enable FastLane Technology on Netgear Extender
Power Up Your Extender
Plug your Netgear range extender into the power socket and turn on your WiFi device. Now, wait for the power LED on your Netgear extender to become solid green.
Note: If the power LED of your Netgear extender is blinking, then it might be due to a damaged power outlet. So, consider plugging your WiFi device into another power outlet.
Connect Your WiFi Devices
After the power LED on your Netgear extender stabilizes, grab an Ethernet cable. Make sure that it is free of damages. Once assured, connect one end to the extender and another to the existing router.
Make sure that the Ethernet cable is properly connected to the ports of your WiFi devices.
Access the Mywifiext Page
Once a successful connection is established between your Netgear extender and the router, switch on your computer. Before you do anything else, temporarily disable antivirus software and firewalls. Thereafter, open a web browser like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari, etc. Update the web browser if it is outdated. Also, navigate to the Settings menu and clear the cache, cookies, and browsing history of the web browser.
Now, head over to the URL bar and type mywifiext into it. Press the Enter key.
Log in to Your Netgear Extender
Hitting Enter will take you to the Netgear extender administrative page. Once there, type the default username and password of your Netgear WiFi device into the given fields. Be careful while typing the extender’s default login details as they are case-sensitive.
Now, click the Log In button to get redirected to the Netgear Genie setup wizard.
Enable FastLane Technology
On the Netgear Genie setup wizard, click the Advanced tab under the Settings menu. Thereafter, click the Operating Mode option. By default, the Internet Surfing button is selected. So, click the FastLane Technology button to reveal a list of options.
Now, select one out of the following options:
Device-to-extender in 5GHz only and extender-to-router in 2.4GHz only
WiFi client devices should support the 5GHz frequency. Because they will connect to the extender’s network using the 5GHz radio band only.
The router should support the 2.4GHz frequency band.
Device-to-extender in 2.4Ghz only and extender-to-router in 5GHz only
WiFi client devices should support the 2.4GHz frequency. Because they will connect to the extender’s network using the 2.4GHz radio band only.
Your router must support the 5GHz frequency.
Lastly, click the Apply button to bring the changes into effect.
In this way, you can enable FastLane Technology on your Netgear extender. Once done, your client devices will get disconnected from the extender’s network. So, connect them to the extender’s network using the WiFi credentials of the dedicated frequency band.
This was all about how to enable FastLane Technology on your Netgear WiFi extender. We hope that the aforementioned steps will help you do that in a hassle-free manner and enhance your internet-usage experience.