How to use Tenda F3 as Wireless Repeater

In this tutorial, I’m going to teach you how to use Tenda F3 router as a wireless repeater (also called wireless extender). I’m using this router to extend the range of the router provided by my ISP. Here is a picture of my Tenda F3 router.

Tenda F3 Router

Tenda F3 Router Front Side
Figure 1: Tenda F3 Front Side

Let’s start with resetting it. Press the reset button for 10 seconds. The router will restart.

Tenda F3 router reset button
Figure 3: Press the black reset button for 10 seconds

Connect to WiFi network which will have a name like Tenda_XXXXXX. This will be an open WiFi network and will have no security.

Connecting to WiFi network in Windows 10
Figure 4: Connect to WiFi network

Open your web browser and enter the router default URL 192.168.0.1 and press enter. Enter admin as the password when you see the router’s web interface.

Logging in to Tenda F3 router web interface
Figure 5: Logging in to Tenda F3 router web interface

Click on Advanced.

Navigating to Advanced web page by clicking on Advanced hyperlink
Figure 6: Click on the Advanced link

Using Tenda F3 as Wireless Repeater/Extender

Click on the Wireless tab in the header area, then click on the Wireless Extender tab in the sidebar area, and finally select WISP mode from Extender Mode select menu.

Navigating to Wireless Extender page of Tenda F3 router and selecting extender mode
Figure 7: Select WISP mode

Click on the Open Scan button

Scanning existing WiFi networks
Figure 8: Click on the Open Scan button

Select the WiFi network created by your main router. Enter the password of this network. You don’t need to fill in other fields. All other fields will get filled in automatically when you select the network. Click on the OK button

Selecting the WiFi network
Figure 9: Select the WiFi network so we can extend its coverage.

Your router will reboot now.

Router is rebooting
Figure 10: Router is rebooting

After the router reboots, you will see this screen (see figure 11). At this moment Tenda F3 is successfully connected with my main router.

Notice the WAN IP. This is the IP address given to Tenda F3 by my main router. The clients connecting to Tenda F3 will have their IP addresses assigned by the DHCP server of Tenda F3. These IPs will start from 192.168.0.100.

Tenda F3 router status page
Figure 11: Tenda F3 is connected with the uplink router

Now let us check if we can load Google.com

Checking if google.com loads
Figure 12: Google.com loads fine

At this moment, our Tenda F3 has a WiFi name like Tenda_XXXXXX. Let’s change it to our liking.

  • Click on the Wireless tab in the header area, then click on Wireless Basic Settings in the sidebar.
  • Give a new name to the WiFi network created by Tenda F3 in the Secondary SSID field.
  • Click on the OK button.
  • After clicking on the OK button, you will be disconnected. Don’t forget to connect to the new network because you have just changed the name of the WiFi network to which you were just connected.
Changing WiFi name
Figure 13: Changing WiFi name

Let’s give a password to the new network.

Click on Wireless Security in the sidebar. Select the new WiFi name we just created in the previous step in the Select SSID menu. Select Security Mode as WPA2 – PSK. Write your new password in the Security Key field. Click on the OK button.

Choosing a new password
Figure 14: Choosing a new password

As you have seen I’ve given a different name (Spring) to the WiFi network created by Tenda F3. I could have given it the same name (WatMAX 5dBi) used by the main router. It would still work fine.

If I give the same WiFi name to these two routers, and then if I would be sitting closer to the main router then I wouldn’t be able to connect to the Tenda F3. Sometimes, I’ve to connect to Tenda F3 so I can configure features provided by this router like MAC address filtering or bandwidth management. For this reason, I have given the two routers two different names.

Wrap Up

In this tutorial, you learned how to login to Tenda F3 router, selecting the right wireless extender mode, and giving a different name and password to newly created WiFi network.

I hope this tutorial was clear enough and easy to understand. Still, if something is not clear and you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below.

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