If you just purchased an Opticover WiFi Extender and are wondering how to set it up, then you are in the correct place. Below we will get into the methods you can use to get your device working and configured correctly. I know you must be frustrated enough not having a great wifi signal in certain areas so lets go ahead and get right into it!
Opticover Wi-Fi Extender Setup
Presumably if you bought the opticover wifi extender then it is compatible with our router. While most wifi extenders work with a wide variety of devices, if you haven’t checked, make sure that your wifi extender is in fact compatible with your router. This particular wifi extender has the capability to support both dual and single band networks.
You can expect to find three separate modes that come standard with the opticover wifi extender. Those include:
There are two options to connect your opticover extender to your router. The same two options apply across the board and you may be familiar from our other write ups on different extenders. You can connect by utilizing either the WPS button or via the manufacturer website (really just a specific website they send you to, not necessarily the company website that you bought it from.)
Whichever method you choose is up to you. Both options will allow you to connect your wifi extender to your router and expand your network reach. It is always good to know either method in case you need to set up another or one is not working.
Opticover Setup WPS Method
Using the WPS button is by far the easiest and most simple method to connect your wifi extender to your router. The process is pretty straight forward and simple. To start get your device ready to go out of the package.
The initial step is to plug your opticover wifi extender into an outlet. While you should figure out the optimal spot to place it permanently, first you should plug it in near your router. This makes it easier to establish the initial connection. After this you can move your wifi extender to the desired location.
When your device is powered on, you will see a switch that changes the mode of the extender. As mentioned above you will have the option of router, repeater (most common,) or access point. Unless you are trying to do something specific repeater mode is what you want.
Once repeater mode is selected, hold down the WPS button until the device starts flashing. This will indicate that the extender is looking for a signal.
Next you should repeat the step with your router. Find the WPS button on your router and click it. Watch your wifi extender and give it a few seconds. The flashing light should turn to a solid green color at this point, indicating a successful connection.
After that you can unplug your device and move it to where you want. Ideally, it will be somewhere in between your dead zone and router. You still don’t want to be too far from your router as the signal will still deteriorate over longer distances. Play around with the locations and see what kind of signal coverage your devices get in the desired area!
Opticover Web Browser Setup
The web setup version is a little more involved but still not difficult. You will need to start the same way by unpackaging and plugging in your wifi extender, preferably near your router. Don’t fret if the outlet immediately next to your router is unavailable, just get as close as you can.
Similar to the steps above, click the button to set your device to repeater mode if not already there. Obviously if you want it set to access point or router then do that.
Now you can open your phone or laptop and navigate to your wifi menu. You should see the default ID for your opticover extender. You can select it but will now need to go to the login page. Depending on your device it might take you there automatically. If not, navigate to one of the following:
Note, if your device is not plugged in and detectable these will not work.
Once the page renders, you will need to input the username and password provided to you in the box. After logging in you should see a list of the three modes to choose from as well as basic information such as firmware, uptime, and connection status. The default mode you should choose is repeater.
Once repeater mode is selected you should see a list of wifi networks populate on your screen. You will want to select YOUR wifi (not your neighbors or any random one.) Enter your password to your wifi so the device has permission to connect to your network.
After this, you can change the name of the extender network. This can be whatever you like. Just use something that you will recognize as the extender network. Click connect then save.
Now you should see the new network appear in your list. If you didn’t change the name the default should be yourWifiName-ext.
If you are seeing this network or your custom named one, then it was a success and you can now connect to your wifi extender!
Whichever method you chose I hope one of them worked for you. Setting up a wifi extender is not a difficult process and is a good thing to know if you have a large area or plan on setting up more devices in the future. If you have a different brand the setup is usually the same for the most part, although the web setup will always differ slightly. When in doubt the WPS method is the easiest way to go!