Netgear EX5000 Extender Setup

Installing a Netgear EX5000 WiFi range extender is a good option to combat with internet dead zones in the house and defeat them. Do you want the instructions to set it up? Well, we will provide you with the same along with some information regarding the extender’s firmware, lights, and much more. You’ll also get to know what to do if the EX5000 range extender stops working all of a sudden.

Netgear EX5000 Extender Setup

How to Set Up Netgear EX5000 Range Extender?

We have highlighted the information to complete the new extender setup for EX5000 WiFi range extender below. Before setting up the extender, it is suggested that you reset it first. After that, you can use the Nighthawk application for making your extender up and running.

Stage 1: Resetting the Netgear EX5000

Find the Reset button Press the Reset Button Let the Extender Reboot
Check the side panel of the extender and find the button labeled Reset. Using a sharp or a pointed object, press the button and hold it for 8 seconds. Finally, wait and let your Netgear EX5000 reboot so that you can set it up.

Stage 2: Setting Up the EX5000 Extender via App

  • Install the Netgear Nighthawk app on your mobile.
  • You are suggested to hardwire the different colored port of the EX5000 extender and the LAN port of your router.
  • Power up the devices. You must switch on the host router prior to the range extender.
  • Get back to your mobile phone on which you have installed the Nighthawk extender app.
  • Connect the mobile to the WiFi network broadcasted by the Netgear extender i.e. Netgear_ext.
  • To gain insight into the WiFi password, we recommend you have a look at the extender’s label.
  • Launch the app now.
  • If you already have a Netgear account, consider logging in, and selecting your product (Netgear EX5000 extender).
  • Follow the in-app instructions.

The WPS Approach: The Netgear EX5000 extender setup can also be completed through the WPS approach. But, there’s a condition. Your host router must also support the WPS configuration. You can set up your device by pressing the WPS button on the extender plus router.

How to Update Netgear EX5000 Firmware?

Although the Nighthawk application provides an easy interface for the extender’s management, we suggest you install the latest firmware through the dashboard. You can take the aid of the steps mentioned below. However, you are supposed to create a hardwire connection between the PC and extender before initiating the process.

  • Visit the download center from Netgear and save the latest firmware file for your EX5000.
  • The next thing is to access the Netgear extender login page.
  • Complete the login process using the default details (username – admin and password – password).
  • Move to the Management tab and select Firmware Update.
  • You will see a Browse button there that will allow you to search for and upload the Netgear EX5000 firmware file you downloaded on your computer.
  • Upload the firmware file to begin the process.

Note: The extender is not supposed to be disturbed once the file starts getting uploaded. You should also ensure that you are not disconnecting the extender from the router or refreshing the Firmware Update window.

What Do Netgear EX5000 Lights Mean?

Like all other WiFi devices brought in by Netgear, the EX5000 range extender also has LED lights on its hardware unit. You are supposed to take the reference from the following table in order to understand the meanings of the colors flashed by the EX5000 lights.

LED Function Meaning
Power It tells whether the extender is getting proper electricity or not. Blinking Green : The extender is being powered up. Wait for some time.Solid Green : Your extender is fully powered up. You can connect your devices.

Off : No power is being received by the extender.

Router It represents the state at which your extender and router communicates. Solid Green : It means best connection.Solid Amber : The connection between the EX5000 extender and router is good.

Solid Red : Poor connection

Off : There’s no connection between your WiFi devices.

Device The function of this LED is to reveal the connection state of the extender and the client device. Solid Green : The best connection is there.Solid Amber : The connection is OK but not the best.

Solid Red : Worst connection.

Off : No device is connected to the extender’s WiFi.

WPS This LED tells whether the WPS functionality of the extender is working or not. Blinking Green : The WPS connection is in progress.Solid Green : WiFi security enabled.

Off : No WiFi security on the extended network.

Is Your Netgear EX5000 Extender Not Working?

There can be a scenario when the EX5000 range extender denies working. This happens due to numerous reasons. We are providing you with some tips that you can follow to make things working again. Before that, you should check if you can access the extender’s settings via the myNetgear portal or not. If not, walk through the tips:

  • Power Cycle the EX5000: There may be a temporary glitch that is not allowing your extender to work aptly. To get rid of the glitch, power cycling is recommended. It does not involve complications. Just powering down the extender for some time (10 minutes generally) and then powering it up once again.
  • Check the Location: Be very sure that your range extender is not surrounded by nuisance. In other words, there should be no interference-creating gadgets or objects present around the extender. For example, devices that emit electromagnetic frequencies and objects that contain a large amount of water.
  • Bring the Extender Close to Router: Consider checking the value of the distance between the Netgear EX5000 extender and router. It must not be too much. For more clarification, it is recommended that you check the user manual of the product.

Quick Tip: If all techniques fail to help you out, you must reset the extender, and go for Netgear EX5000 extender setup once again.