How to Backup and Restore a Netgear Range Extender?

It is important to keep a backup of the wireless settings of a Netgear extender. After all, you never know when you need to reset your extender and set it up again. If you have the extender’s backup in hand, you can avoid the hassle of performing mywifiext setup from scratch. In other words, you’ll not need to customize the extender’s admin password, username, SSID, network security settings, etc. Given in this article are detailed instructions about how to backup and restore a Netgear range extender. So, do not skip.

How to Backup Netgear Extender?

Let’s start with the instructions to back up the settings of the range extender as the restoration process will come after reset. Refer to the following steps to know about the detailed process of backing up the wireless as well as other settings of your Netgear range extender:

1.      Provide Internet Access to Extender

Without internet access, you won’t be able to back up the settings of your wireless range extender. Therefore, connect your extender to the internet source i.e. the main router. You have two options in hand when it comes to connecting WiFi devices. The first option demands you to make use of a wired source [Ethernet cable] whereas the second one required you to put a wireless source to use. However, while opting for the first method, consider making use of a non-damaged cable. In the case of the wireless source, keep your devices at a safe distance.

2.      Access the Extender’s Web GUI

After providing internet access to the extender, switch on your laptop and load an internet browser like Chrome or Edge. Locate the address bar and type In case you are using the Safari browser, use the address mywifiext.local. Pressing the Enter key will take you to the login page. Once there, input the password and username and select Log In. The door to the extender’s web GUI will get unlocked. However, throughout the process, be sure that your laptop is accessing Netgear_ext (SSID)

3.      Backup the Settings

On reaching the web GUI a.k.a. the Status page of your Netgear range extender, select the option labeled “Other”. The window will shift to the Other Settings page. After that, find the Backup button and click it. Your Netgear range extender’s settings will get saved on your laptop. You are free to save the backup file at any location on your laptop.

This is how you can backup a Netgear range extender. Once done, you are free to erase the settings of the extender. For this, you need to disconnect your extender from the internet source and push the Reset button on its rear panel carefully. Within a few moments, the extender will start flaunting the default settings. The ones with which it came before it was installed. Therefore, you have to restore Netgear extender settings now. The upcoming sections of the article have shed light on the same.

How to Restore a Netgear Range Extender?

Before you start the process of restoring the settings of your Netgear range extender, consider reconnecting it to the internet source and powering it up. Be sure that the LED lights on your extender are stable and that it is getting a consistent power supply from its respective wall socket.

1.      Reach the Other Settings Page on Web GUI

The first two steps of restoring the extender’s settings are as same as those you followed while backing up the WiFi settings. Therefore, refer to the above sections to learn how to connect your extender to the internet source and access the extender’s web GUI. However, this time, put the default values of the extender’s password and username to use. The customized ones are not in effect this time. After reaching the web GUI, select Other to reach the Other Settings page.

2.      Restore the Extender’s Settings

On the Other Settings window, you must select the Restore button now. After that, you will be prompted to select and upload the configuration file you’ve saved just before the reset procedure. So, locate the same and upload it on the same window. Within a few moments, your range extender will start running on previously customized settings.

That’s all about how to backup and restore a Netgear range extender. We hope that the instructions provided by us will serve their purpose by helping you out. And yes, do not forget to upgrade the firmware of the range extender to the latest version after restoring the settings. It will prevent you from facing issues like the WiFi extender not working in the future. If this article has helped you, share your experience with your fellow readers in the comment section.