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
Let’s start with resetting it. Press the reset button for 10 seconds. The router will restart.
Connect to WiFi network which will have a name like Tenda_XXXXXX. This will be an open WiFi network and will have no security.
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.
Click on Advanced.
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.
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
Your router will reboot now.
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.
Now let us check if we can load Google.com
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.
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.
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.
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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