How to Configure Netgear FastLane Technology on Your WiFi Extender
Netgear WiFi range extender is the first choice of users when it comes to extending the current WiFi range of their home network. Not only this but also the extender comes embedded with various useful features about which you don't even have the faintest idea. One such stupefying yet little-known feature of WiFi range extenders is Netgear FastLane Technology. This feature maximizes the performance of your extender by limiting devices to a particular band.
This how-to guide will explain what is FastLane Technology and how to configure it on your Netgear range extender. Let's delve in.
What is Netgear FastLane Technology?
This technology is intended to boost the performance of your Netgear range extender. When the extender works in the normal operating mode or Internet Surfing Mode, it allows devices on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands to connect concurrently. Once you set up your Netgear extender in this mode, it extends both WiFi bands simultaneously but reduces the WiFi performance.
On the other hand, after configuring the Netgear FastLane feature via 192.168.1.250 IP, the extender endows you with maximum wireless performance. It offers high-speed WiFi together with a dedicated band connecting the extender and WiFi device, whereas a second band connecting the extender to your home router. FastLane Technology is perfect for HD video streaming and HD gaming.
As soon as you enable FastLane Technology, you will get two options:
- Use the 2.4 GHz frequency band to connect the extender to your WiFi devices and use the 5 GHz band to connect your router to the extender. This mode works if your WiFi router is 5 GHz band supported but the devices you yearn for using to play online games and live stream support the 2.4 GHz band.
- Use the 5 GHz band to make a connection between your extender and WiFi devices whereas use the 2.4 GHz frequency band to connect the extender to your home router. This mode works if the devices that you wish to use for streaming and gaming supports 5 GHz band but your home router supports the 2.4 GHz band.
Configure Netgear FastLane Technology on Your Extender
In order to enable or configure Netgear FastLane Technology, you need a Netgear extender like WN2500RP, EX6200 or EX6100, and a dual-band WiFi router. Once you have both of these devices with you, walk through the below-given steps and configure FastLane Technology on your Netgear range extender:
- Plug in your Netgear WiFi range extender to a wall socket and turn it on.
- Connect your extender to the existing router using an Ethernet cable.
- Make sure that your home router is turned on.
- Once done, launch an Internet browser of your choice on your PC or laptop.
Note: You can choose any browser, be it Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, or Apple Safari. However, always remember to use only the latest web browser version.
- In the address bar, type mywifiext.net web address and press the Enter key.
- The login window will appear, asking you for admin details.
- Fill in your user ID and passphrase and click on the Log In button.
- You will see the Netgear extender's dashboard.
- Click on the FastLane Technology radio button.
- You will see options namely 'Device-to-extender in 5 GHz only and extender-to-router in 2.4 GHz only' and 'Device-to-extender in 2.4 GHz only and extender-to-router in 5 GHz only'.
- Choose the option you like.
- At last, hit on the Apply button to save the changes.
Kudos! You have successfully configured Netgear FastLane Technology on your WiFi range extender. In case you come across any sort of technical errors during the process, don't hesitate to get in touch with our experts.