Before proceeding with installation, familiarize yourself with the contents of the product
package, especially the WGX102 Reference Manual on the Resource CD.
• Each computer that will use the Wall-Plugged Wireless Range Extender WGX102
must have a wireless card installed and configured.
• For Cable Modem Service: When you perform the range extender setup steps, be sure
to use the computer you used when you first set up your cable Internet connection.
• For DSL Service: You may need information such as the DSL login name/e-mail
address and password in order to complete the wireless range extender setup.
• Observe the wireless placement and range guidelines in the Reference Manual.
Note: The WGX102 is designed for easy installation in access point mode, and can be
used with multiple XE102 Wall-Plugged Ethernet Bridges in this mode. Use the quick
installation instructions here to install the WGX102 in access point mode.
Follow these instructions if your broadband Internet connection already uses a router, and
you want to add wireless access.
WARNING: Do not connect the WGX102 Wall-Plugged Wireless Range Extender or
the XE102 Wall-Plugged Ethernet Bridge to a power strip, extension cord, or surge pro-
tector as this may prevent them from working properly or degrade the network perform-
First, Connect the XE102 WallPlugged Ethernet Bridge
a. Use the Ethernet cable that shipped with the product to connect the XE102
Wall-Plugged Ethernet bridge to a LAN port on your router.
b. Plug the XE102 into an electrical outlet near the router.
c. Shut down and restart your wireless computer.
Plug the WGX102 into a Wall Outlet
Plug the WGX102 into an electrical outlet near the wireless computer that you want
to connect, and wait one minute. All three LEDS on the WGX102 will light up.
Now, Configure Your Wireless Computer
Set the SSID to NETGEAR for any wireless computers on the network. You may
connect additional XE102 bridges to your network. This completes the installation.
Test Your Network Connectivity
Check to make sure you are able to browse the Internet with each wireless computer
on the network.
Note: Wireless security is disabled by default on the WGX102. For information
about configuring the WGX102 to use security settings, see the Reference Manual on
the Resource CD.
Here are some tips for correcting simple problems that prevent you from connecting to the
Internet or connecting to the WGX102.
• Network settings must be correct.
The wireless Network Name (SSID), channel, and WEP settings of the range extender
and wireless computers must match exactly. LAN and wirelessly connected computers
must be configured to obtain an IP address automatically via DHCP. For instructions
on how to do this, please see the animated tutorials on the Resource CD.
• Check the Power light on the WGX102 and XE102 Bridge.
If the Power light is off, make sure power is supplied to the electrical outlet, and the
wall-plugged equipment is not plugged into an extension cord, power strip, or surge
• Check the HomePlug light on the WGX102 and XE102 Bridge.
If this light is off, the devices cannot find each other. Make sure the WGX102 and
the XE102 Bridge are plugged into outlets with power and that the Ethernet
connection to the bridge is secure.
For more help with troubleshooting, see the Reference Manual on the Resource CD.
54 Mbps Wall-Plugged Wireless Range Extender WGX102