Fix: My Netgear WiFi Extender Is Slow


Slow performance of your Netgear extender is what you are facing, right? Is your Netgear device not working as you prefer? Need not to worry! This troubleshooting blog will help you to boost up the performance of your Netgear extender in minutes. Here we go!

Reasons Behind the Issue

Before we take you through the troubleshooting tips to fix the issue, let us first make you familiar with the reasons causing it.

  • Improper wired connections
  • Partial Netgear extender setup
  • Firmware update issue
  • Poor signal strength
  • Bad placement of Netgear extender
  • Extender placed away from the router
  • Obstructions in the path of your extender’s WiFi signals

That’s it! You are now well aware of the reasons that were making your Netgear extender slow, right? Let’s take you through the troubleshooting tips highlighted below that will help you in boosting the performance of your Netgear extender up to 20%. Read on!

Fix 1: Check the Connectivity

First and foremost, we suggest you check the connectivity between your Netgear extender and the devices connected to its WiFi network. Make sure that everything is good. Apart from this, if you have connected your Netgear extender and router using an Ethernet cable, ensure that it doesn’t have any sort of cuts and damages.

Fix 2: Check the Power

Another thing that you can do is to check the power being supplied to your Netgear WiFi range extender. Make sure that the power supply is steady. Additionally, we suggest – check the wall socket in which your range extender is plugged in. Ensure that the wall plug is free from any sort of damages and cuts.

Fix 3: Update the Firmware

Chances are that the firmware of your Netgear WiFi range extender has become outdated and due to that you are not able to make the most out of it. To fix the Netgear extender’s poor performance issue, update the firmware of your Netgear extender right away. For this, simply navigate to the settings page of your range extender by accessing web address, locate the firmware update option, and if you see any new firmware update available for your Netgear device, get it updated by selecting the firmware update option.

Note: The firmware of your WiFi range extender can also be updated using the on-screen instructions provided on Netgear Genie app. For Netgear Genie download, drop us a line into the comments section.

Fix 4: Check the Placement

If you are still getting the poor performance of your Netgear device even after updating its firmware, then this could be because of the bad placement of your range extender. Thus, make sure that your Netgear extender is placed in reach of your existing router and away from doors, concrete walls, corners, and the reach of public WiFi networks.

Fix 5: Check Extender’s Configuration

You may get the Netgear extender’s slow performance if your device isn’t configured properly. So, to fix the issue in a fly, make sure to perform Netgear extender setup process completely and properly.

Fix 6: Restart the Extender

If none of the troubleshooting tips listed above helped you out in getting the most out of your Netgear extender, then the only option that you are left with is to power cycle or restart it. For this, simply unplug your Netgear extender, wait for a few minutes, and then plug it back in again. But, prior to this process, don’t forget to disconnect all the wired and wireless devices that are currently connected to your extender’s WiFi.

Still the same? Seems like your service provider is the culprit! In that case, we suggest you contact your ISP and ask him whether you are getting actual internet speed you are paying for or not. The second question you may ask – if the device (router) provided by him is compatible with your Netgear extender. Third, the firmware of the device (provided by the ISP) must not be outdated.
In the event that you find that the device provided by your ISP is the main cause behind the issue, then we suggest you replace it immediately and add a Netgear router to the extender. First configure the Netgear router using web address. Then, connect the router to your extender. After that, you will see not only the best performance of your Netgear extender but also an internet speed that you have never expected before.