What to Do When Chromecast Can’t Connect To WiFi Extender?

When Chromecast Can't Connect To WiFi Extender

Google Chromecast is a streaming device that has replaced the traditional TV setup boxes. The device connects directly to the HDMI port of TV and acts as a bridge between the TV and the phone or tablet. You can stream video and audio on a bigger screen once it is configured. It needs a WiFi connection to operate and is controlled using a remote.

Are you unable to connect Google Chromecast to a WiFi extender? There can be several reasons for this. For instance, Chromecast can’t connect to WiFi extender if it’s not within the network range. Read the post to eliminate the problem that you’re facing now.

Chromecast Can’t Connect To WiFi Extender: Let’s Fix This!

We will take a Netgear WiFi extender as a reference. The solutions discussed in the post will be helpful for any extender make and model.

First Things First

  • First of all, check that the Netgear WiFi extender is working properly or not. The extender must be properly connected to the root router. Try connecting another device to its network to verify if it works fine.
  • Secondly, you need to ensure that the Google Chromecast is within the range of the extender. It should be within 15-20 feet of the WiFi extender. Ensure minimum obstacle and WiFi interference.
  • The third thing that we suggest you check is that you are using the right WiFi name and password to connect the device.
  • Finally, try using an alternative mobile phone to make the WiFi connection between the Netgear extender and Chromecast.

If the Google Chromecast can’t connect to WiFi extender even after this, then here are the solutions that you must give a try at.

1: Reboot the Devices

Reboot the networking devices now to fix any glitch in them. Unplug the Netgear WiFi extender and Google Chromecast device for at least 1 minute. You should also power off the mobile phone. Plug in the power cables of both devices back. Switch on the phone and then try to connect Chromecast to the extender’s WiFi now. You won’t have any issues connecting your streaming device to WiFi.

2: Restart WiFi Network on Phone

The phone that you are using to make the WiFi connection should be on the extender’s network. We suggest you give the network connection a new start. Turn off WiFi on the phone and turn it back on.

3: Connect to a 2.4 GHz

Google Chromecast is compatible with the lower frequency i.e. a 2.4 GHz WiFi network. One of the reasons is that the low frequency is better at penetrating solid objects such as walls, doors etc. The range is also better that a 5 GHz network. Make certain that your Netgear WiFi extender is extending this network from the host router. Your WiFi extender will have two different network names or SSIDs for both wireless bands. You need to select the one that‘s meant for 2.4 GHz.

4: Update your WiFi Extender

An outdated software version can trigger internet connectivity issues. You’re recommended to check for updates by logging in using mywifiext.net and get your Netgear WiFi extender updated to the latest version. Soon after the extender has the up-to-date firmware version installed on it, go ahead and connect Chromecast to its WiFi.

5: Perform a Factory Reset

By any chance the Chromecast can’t connect to WiFi extender even when you’ve applied all the possible fixes listed here, you should completely reset it to the factory settings. You can reset the Chromecast with Google TV using these steps:

Using Chromecast Voice Remote

  • Insert the Chromecast device into the TV.
  • On the top-right of the TV screen, select your profile using the remote.
  • Next, select Settings.
  • Navigate to System > About > Factory Reset.

Using Reset Button

  • Make sure that Chromecast is plugged into the TV and is powered on properly.
  • Locate the Reset button on it now. You’ll find it on the back.
  • Push and hold the button. You’ll notice that the LED will blink yellow.
  • You got to release the button when the LED turns solid white.
  • Chromecast device is now reset and has the factory settings running on it.

Reset Button


After you have given your Google Chromecast device a new start, you will easily connect it to your WiFi extender. We are anticipating that Chromecast can’t connect to WiFi extender is a thing of the past.

After a successful connection, you can begin enjoying TV. Play Netflix or mirror your phone screen to demonstrate a presentation. You can also cast local media files stored on your phone on the bigger screen. You can do much more using Google Chromecast.