Please help setting up GL-AXT1800 as WiFi range extender

Hi All,

Sorry if this has been asked before but I couldn’t find the answer. I have a GL-AXT1800 and I’m just trying to get it to be a WiFi range extender. My main modem is downstairs and I want to have the AXT1800 upstairs (in a loft, no walls between it and the main router).

I can get it to work in repeater mode downstairs after first plugging it in to WAN and doing the setup on the admin page. I then disconnect the WAN cable and it stays in repeater mode fine, as long as I don’t disconnect power.

However, when I disconnect power and move it upstairs, plug it back in again it will only go to the blue light flashing mode but will not reconnect as a repeater. I tried holding the side button down for five seconds to repair the connection but no luck. I didn’t want to hold the button down for 10 seconds as I thought that would completely reset it.

I am fairly knowledgeable with computers but this networking stuff gets a bit over my head pretty quickly with all the crazy terminology so I’m probably just missing something. Thank you for any suggestions anyone might have!

I know this may not be the answer you’re truly looking for. But if your house is already wired with coaxial cable, you could consider MOCA 2.5 and use the second router as an additional AP to ensure you have excellent throughput on both floors

ScreenBeam MoCA 2.5 Network Adapter for Higher Speed Internet, Ethernet Over Coax - Starter Kit (Model: ECB6250K02)

Thanks for the idea, I will check into it!

If you need a wifi extender for upstairs, then the wifi signal must be weak/unusable from your main modem to upstairs, even with no walls in-between.

When you move the GL-AXT1800 extender upstairs, it will also not be able to use the same weak wifi signal. Extenders should be located approximately 1/2 way between the 2 locations in order to receive a signal from the source and transmit a signal to the destination.

You can also look into powerline adapters that plug into electrical outlets near the source and near the destination that are on the same circuit and extend the wifi without any additional hardware.

Powerline Ethernet Adapter vs. Ethernet.

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Great, thanks for the info!

So moral of the story is that nobody knows how to configure GL-AXT 1800 to work as a range extender?

I doubt that nobody knows - for me it's totally unclear why a WAN cable was plugged in before.
Repeater mode does not need any WAN cable connected. As soon as you connect one, the setup isn't repeater anymore.

And repeating only makes sense if the signal quality is good enough.

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The moral of the story is, that if the WiFi signal is weak at some spot, a WiFi Extender is not the solution. The signal will still be weak.

Of course you could use directional antenna. You could have a connection hop between the floors. You could ...
But what if the floors are not connected, because he/she/it will connect to the neighbour? What if between the two floors is a powerline to power a supermarket freezer? What if ...

If you want to use a GL-iNet router as range extender, please don't recycle this thread from 23, open a new one with enough details to understand the situation. I think here are some people who does understand networking at technical and physical layers better than me. No need to insult.

Try to open the GL-iNet admin panel and follow this guide: Repeater - GL.iNet Router Docs 4