Can’t Connect Robot Vacuum to Netgear Extender WiFi?

There are plenty of smart home devices that help to make our lives easier. These smart devices need an internet connection to operate. You need to connect the smart home device to your home network. After connecting the device, you can begin using it and get the job done faster. Are you trying to connect a Robot vacuum to Netgear extender WiFi but can’t do so? We will help you understand why the connection is not getting established and also help you fix the issue. Go on reading this blog post further to know more about it.

Let’s Connect Robot Vacuum to Netgear Extender WiFi

To configure the Robot vacuum, you should access its app or web interface and connect it to the extender’s network. While you are doing this we suggest you check the user manual of the vacuum and ensure that you are following the correct instructions. If the connection fails even after using the correct steps, then you should try the fixes given in this blog.

First Things First!

Before anything else, we suggest you check the Netgear Nighthawk extender’s WiFi connection. Make sure that other devices are getting connected to its network. Simply put, the Netgear WiFi extender should be working fine. If there’s an issue then you should address it first. You can try updating the extender’s firmware by logging in via A pending update may be stopping the connection.
Use the fixes given ahead if the extender is working fine but Vacuum can’t connect to its WiFi.

Connect to a 2.4 GHz Network

Most smart devices like Robot vacuums operate on a 2.4 GHz network. You may be trying to connect your vacuum to the 5 GHz network of the Netgear WiFi extender and hence are not getting connected.
It is suggested to connect to a 2.4 GHz network now. If you haven’t created separate SSIDs for both 2.4GHz and 5 GHz networks, then do it now. Log in to your Netgear WiFi extender and then change the SSIDs for both networks. Once you have made the changes, connect the Robot vacuum to the 2.4 GHz network of the Netgear extender.

Change the WiFi Password

Some Robot vacuums accept only simple WiFi passwords. If you have assigned a difficult WiFi password that is alphanumeric with multiple special characters, then change it to an easy one now. Once done, connect the Vacuum to the extender WiFi using it.

Bring the Vacuum in Range

You may be connecting your vacuum to the extender’s WiFi from outside the network range. The connection won’t happen this way. You should bring the Robot vacuum closer to the Netgear WiFi extender and then try to connect to Netgear_ext, the network name of the extender. We are sure that after getting the vacuum closer to the extender, the devices will get connected easily.

Power Cycle the Network

The devices on the network might be troubled by some temporary technical glitches that are responsible for no connection between the extender and the vacuum. Try to eliminate the glitch by power cycling the entire network. Power down the Netgear WiFi extender and the host router. Also, turn off your Robot vacuum for some time.
Let the devices stay in the idle state for some amount of time. Begin by turning on the host router, then the extender, and finally the vacuum cleaner.
Once the devices are booted up, connect your vacuum to the Netgear extender’s WiFi.

Still Not Working? Try This!

Do you still fail to connect the Robot vacuum to the Netgear extender’s WiFi? We completely get you. Do not worry. We still have one last hack left for you to try.
Reset your vacuum now. Some configuration settings on it are stopping the connection from happening. Resetting will wipe out any such setting pretty easily. Reset the vacuum and start from scratch to connect it to the extender’s WiFi.

In the End

With the hope that you have connected the Robot vacuum to the Netgear extender’s WiFi, we wrap up our helpful blog post. Be sure that there are no other networking devices or home appliances around the vacuum while it is connected. Other devices or appliances can interfere with the WiFi signals. To avoid this from happening, keep the vacuum away from them.

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