What a WiFi extender does is takes the signals from the WiFi, and acts as a bridge between the remote system and the machine. Think of it as a person standing between two friends on distant mountaintops, listening to the one shouting out, and then passing the message on to the other friend.
Netgear extenders work in the same way, only much more advanced than someone just shouting across mountaintops. They are capable of scanning multiple frequencies and channels, and depending on the model can tap into Ethernet networks as a method of providing more access to WiFi enabled devices in remote devices.
Each of the Netgear WiFi Extenders will come with standard features. They’ll include instructions on how to setup the Netgear WiFi extender, and will be able to connect to other Netgear devices to stretch the range of the WiFi signal. Typically they feature a browser based interface, so they are fairly operating system and computer platform independent.
If we’re using a computer that can already browser the Web, they can use the Netgear WiFi Extender Login system to select the WiFi network, set passwords, and other features.
There is a difference between a WiFi Router, and a WiFi Extender. A Router connect the WiFi network into the larger network — usually that being the local work network, or into a Cable Modem that connect the local network into the biggest network of all, the Internet. An Extender works to increase the range of an existing WiFi network into areas where it could not reach before.
A device such as the Netgear AC1200 Smart WiFi is a router with a long range — but it is not necessarily an extender like the AC1200 Dual Band WiFi Range Extender. It can be confusing between the different names, so make sure we’re getting the right device.