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Device functions as it should, instructions are useless
December 28, 2016
The device itself seems to work as it should once it's set up. The instructions are absolutely useless. I tried for about an hour to set it up using both the 'Connect with WPS' and 'Connect with NETGEAR Installation Assistant' setup guides included in the Quick Start manual, to no avail.
I was about to request an RMA, but decided to look through the answered questions and customer reviews. I came across a review by Minnie I., which included a very simple and easy-to-follow 4-step setup procedure:
1) Plug in the device. It will probably take several seconds, sometimes minutes, before the power light registers green. Do not despair. The instructions won't tell you that this will take some time, but it does.
2) Get out your iPad, Kindle Fire, or other WIRELESS tablet or device. DON'T EXPECT TO USE YOUR DESKTOP computer to make the connection. Go to the "Settings" of your wireless device and wait for it to recognize your router name plus a suffix ___EXT. When that appears, choose that wifi connection. You will be asked for the same password you use on your real router. Enter that password.
3) You will be taken to a website for setting up the extender. If you try to access this website from your DESKTOP computer, you'll get an error message. Once you get to this website, the instructions in the package will start to make sense.
4) When you've finished the set up, unplug the extender and take it to the location where you want to boost the wireless connectivity. Again, using your mobile device (or other computer), use the "Settings" menu to find the widi connection. Choose the network connection with your wireless name PLUS the ___EXT suffix. The password will be the same as your regular wifi network.
I purchased the device to use with my 3rd generation Apple TV, which had altogether stopped recognizing wireless networks, but still worked with an Ethernet connection. I would add one step for those in a situation similar to mine:
5) Plug in the Ethernet connector to both the NETGEAR N300 and your device (in my case, the Apple TV) BEFORE plugging the N300 into the electrical outlet; if you plug in the Ethernet cable after the N300 starts up, it will shut down.