Everybody's on the web, regardless of whether it's for online shopping, browsing the latest news, surfing the net, or for work. We as a whole need a quicker internet to finish things. However, many of us are still baffled by digital innovations and their colossal scopes such as Wi-Fi and the intricacies of routers, extenders, and other connection-boosting Wi-Fi systems.

AX1800 Wi-Fi 6 Router

What is a router?

A router is a device that connects your devices – your personal computers and smartphones, for example – to the Internet. Most routers on the market now are wireless routers. It allows you to connect wirelessly or via Ethernet cables.

What is a range extender?

A Wi-Fi range extender (also called Wi-Fi repeater or booster) is a device that receives a signal from a Wi-Fi router and rebroadcasts it. Usually, the extended network ends with “_EXT/5GEXT”. For example, if your existing network is “rockspacehome”, the extended network is “rockspacehome_EXT” by default.

AC2100 Wi-Fi Range Extender

For bigger area homes and spaces with multi levels, solid dividers and walls, Wi-Fi range extenders are great to eliminate dead spots. You can even utilize more than one extender in a larger home. Except if you're in a little house or loft, chances are there's an edge of your home that your independent router doesn't exactly reach. Regardless of whether it shows inconsistent Wi-Fi or simply an irritatingly sluggish connection, you can do something and solve this problem other than grumble about your obstructed Zoom meeting or online class.

Can a Wi-Fi router work as a range extender?

Yes, you can. Wi-Fi routers can often be reconfigured to act as range extenders but extenders are only intended to fan out the Wi-Fi signal so you can connect even on the blind spots. rockspace AC2100 Smart Wi-Fi Router and AX1800 Wi-Fi 6 Router can all be reconfigured as a range extender if you like. And it’s easy to do this whether you are tech-savvy or not.

That is an option if you want to use your spare router to extend your current Wi-Fi and get rid of dead spots. And this can save you the money for a new range extender. However, with range extenders prices starting from $36.99, you can also invest in one which supports the latest Wi-Fi standards.

How to turn a router into a range extender?

AX1800 Wi-Fi 6 Router is used as an example here.

1. Log into your router. Visit how do I log in to my rockspace Wi-Fi router for help. 

 web management page of AX1800 Wi-Fi 6 Router

2. Go to Operation Mode, tap Repeater Mode.

 Repeater Mode page

3. Follow the instructions to set up your router as a range extender.

Repeater Mode page

AC2100 Smart Wi-Fi Router does not support wireless connection, you need to connect your main router with this router using a network cable.

Turing a rockspace router into a range extender is just as simple as that. Once done, your spare router can function as a range extender and help you cover dead zones in your home.