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considering Netgear Nighthawk.

I am looking for a good WiFi Range Extender.
I am considering Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 Model EX7000.

User manual says, to view or change the extender’s settings,
user needs to go to http://www.mywifiext.net
and enter email address and password.
QUESTION= Why is world wide web connection required?
QUESTION= Can this requirement be bypassed?
QUESTION= Or do I misunderstand, and this is a local area network address?

User manual says, requires firefox.
I use debian linux.
QUESTION= will iceweasel work instead?

Data sheet says,
may not be compatible with firmware that is based on open source programs.
QUESTION= Is this extender propiatary?

User manual says, restart the extender.
the extender connects automatically to the WiFi router.
QUESTION= Can this be changed?
I want connection between extender and router,
to be manual, not automatic.
I have control over client and extender, but not router.

I like debian linux, open source.
I do not want to be required to visit world wide web,
simply to view or change my local hardware settings.
QUESTION= What other good range extender can you suggest?

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I may be the wrong person to ask.

I only deploy wired access points for range extension. Those extenders that link to the router via WiFi drop speed and sometimes just drop. Clients call backs are far too high so we won't sell them. Or rather we defer all troubles to the makers.

The other extenders we use are powerline systems. That way we can plug in the base unit near the router and the remote unit pretty far away. The remote unit can have both Ethernet and WiFi.

Neither system uses the methods you are upset about.

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This cannot be done in my case.

You suggest hardwire between systems. This cannot be done in my case,
there is a road seporating access point and my client. access point is locked up in another building. My client has internal wifi which works good enough with access point, but there is room for improvement.

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Then you'll have to try a few.

I take it the usual has been done at the WiFi source where we move the hot spot to the window so you can see the router.

Then you place your repeater in the location closest to the router. Remember this is not going to be stable or ideal. You can see why no one that's been around will tell you it will work that well.

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looking over the questions you asked

what is the use of having a router if you do not have www access Happy or is your network local only? You can install firefox in debian linux but you can also use any browser to access the router settings- including the one you use. You are using your local network to view those settings. In general, you can use any extender from any manufacturer but those from the same manufacturer will perform better in some cases. As far as auto connection different devices to the router, it can be done manually. It should give you a choice when you start the setup process.

What exactly are you trying to setup? are you wanting to share your internet access with a neighbor? or what? Without specifics there is no way to give specific info or advice.

something to note, if you are planning to use any wifi adapters, you need to make sure they are compatible with linux. some are not

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Let's correct ONE thing.
http://www.mywifiext.net/ is NOT on the internet. Netgear's routers resolve this in a special way so your browser pulls up the config page of the Netgear device. As to the name and password, well, that is still local. You don't have to use email and password but I've lost count of folk that lost their router password. This is most likely a move to reduce support calls.
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http://www.mywifiext.net/ IS found on internet.

These are good helpful answers. My question is for range extender, but some answers are for routers. Are they the same? Is the answer the same in either case? Yes, I am wanting to share internet access with a neighbor.

R. Proffitt specificaly answers my third question. He says I misunderstand, and this is a local area network address. Thank you.
QUESTION= is this officially documented somewhere? And http://www.mywifiext.net/ IS on internet. What is its purpose?
You probably mean it is on internet, and it is also local.

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It's on the internet to explain what to do next.

I went there too. And when you have their product doing the DNS, then that resolves to the router address.

What DNS is and how it works is on the web. For me that won't work since I don't use router or maker supplied DNS (servers.)

So the purpose is to provide a way to point at the Netgear setup across all models. Smart move. Imagine if you didn't know your network?

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