I setup the extender with an IP that doesn't conflict with the main router (a Netgear DG834GT). I have MAC address filtering setup; the extender has permission to access the Netgear, and vice-versa, yet when I eventually save all the settings, my PC's can connect to the Hawking, BUT and this is the major problem - as soon as I enable these settings on the Hawking it causes my router to reboot repeatedly as if there's a conflict.
I can't see why. The IP addresses are different, both have access to each other MAC address wise, same subnet. Any ideas - please help!
I would start with stripping ALL security and encryption settings, see if they work with basic IP addressing setup. Verify that the subnet address ranges are the same and that that the same IP schema is used (IPv4 vs IPv6) on both devices. Then make sure that the security settings are complementary to each other and not in conflict (opposite or identical). Then add the pair to the existing network and check antenna connections.
An alternative suggestion would be to install a Yagi type antenna on the Netgear DG834GT. This will give you a very long and useful range. A Yagi antenna can be made rather inexpensively using a coffee can (Google "coffee can Yagi antenna", I suggest the entry from iHacked.com, this gives a good lesson on the antenna and basic concepts).
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This article provides instructions on how to wirelessly connect to your NETGEAR Wi-Fi Extender using manual setup after the NETGEAR WiFi Extender has been successfully connected to the Access Point (AP) and obtained a valid IP address.
If you look on the back of the unit, it should have in small print, the access IP address, the admin name and admin password. If you have changed it in the past, then reset it back to the default. Typically netgear use 192.168.0.1, admin name of admin, and the password is either password or netgear1. Older units may use 1234. The only exceptions are newer extenders that ask you to put in a password when you set it up, in which can you will need to reset it to the defaults and do a new setup.
Have you first established the connection between the Router and the Extender? If so, have you connected e.g. a laptop to the Extender? So
if your WLAN networks SSID is NETGEAR, the WLAN network of the Extender
is NETGEAR_EXT and you have to connect the laptop to NETGEAR_EXT. Then
you have to open your favorit internet browser and have to type in
www.mywifiext.net, which I guess is a buildin Setup-Assistant.If this doesn't work, make sure, your laptop is configured, to get an ip address automatically via DHCP. Or read http://kb.netgear.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/20912
First thing you need to do is setup the IP, Subnet Mask, and Gateway of
Before any connection of the extender, we have to find out the IP of the router.
Run Type "cmd", hit enter
In the black command prompt window, type "ipconfig"
The ###.###.###.### to the right of default gateway is the IP of your router.
Now you can either connect the extender directly to your computer or
to the router.
Use the wizard to find the extender and to change the information of your
For example based upon the above #...
IP: 192.168.1.*** (Subnet: 255.255.255.0
Gateway: 192.168.1.1 (
The *** can be any # up to 250 except for the routers...typically we use 235.
After the wizard saves and reboots the print server, connect it back to the
router or leave it there.
Then open up your Internet Explorer and in the address bar, put in the
Address of the router in (192.168.1.235).
It should come up and ask your for the username/password (admin/1234) if it
doesn't then power cycle the device.
On the main page of the extender, fill in exactly the wireless
settings of your router here.
Make sure you fill in...
After you save, you should be able to disconnect the extender via lan cable
from the router and use it wirelessly.
You will get an IP conflict if you have assigned the same IP address on your network devices. Every networking devices should have different network address or IP address. If for example the IP address of your router is 192.168.0.1, then your wireless expander can be configured as 192.168.0.2, 192.168.0.3, 192.168.0.4 and so on but not 192.168.0.1 since it is already being used by the router.
The problem might be that you have good connection to the router but having connection trouble between your router and the internet.
Try accessing your router by typing your Gateway into the address field of the web browser of your choice.
Then click on WAN (Wide Area Network) and check your external IP Address. Beside it you will find a button that says "Renew".
The loss of connection might be the result of poor router configuration, bad cable connection or ISP (Internet Service Provider) connectivity trouble.