I need help identifying my WiFi Extender

November 6, 2019 at 20:37:59
Specs: Macintosh
I recently moved into my apartment and it came with a WiFi extender. Issue is, I do not know if it works, what company it is, or how to set it up. Please help me identify the company so then I can look up how to use it. Thank You!

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#1
November 6, 2019 at 21:25:03
Try this.

About System Information on your Mac
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT2...


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#2
November 6, 2019 at 21:28:29
To state the obvious, your apartment manager knows and can
provide the information you want.

That aside, I might start by using my WiFi-capable device to make
a list of all the strongest signals it detects. If you have a portable
device, you can move it closer to and farther away from the mystery
WiFi extender to determine if the strength of one of the signals
increases and decreases correspondingly. The name associated
with the signal should be a good clue as to either the manufacturer
or the owner. For example, a lot of WiFi hotspots have the name
"Xfinity". Some of my neighbors have their own name or their
apartment number as the names of their WiFi hotspots.

Also, doesn't the extender have a brand name on it? How do you
know it is a WiFi extender if it doesn't say something on it?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#3
November 6, 2019 at 22:19:13
You're probably still going to have to talk to the apartment manager about it as it will most likely need you to enter a password to access it.

But there are many other issues to address first, such as;

Why did they give you a WiFi extender? Does the apartment complex offer WiFi? If so is it included in the rent or visit an add on?

If it is for wifi offered by the complex, why did they not explain this to you?


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#4
November 7, 2019 at 06:11:43
Do you have access to the extender? Depending on what style it is, all you should have to do is unplug it, flip it over, & find the make/model number on the label. Once you have that, go to the manufacturer's website to find the specs, user's manual, etc.

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#5
November 7, 2019 at 08:03:25
Max Siverberg shouldn't have to unplug the WiFi extender
before turning it over. Although just turning it over might be
enough to degrade the signal momentarily, unplugging it
guarantees that anyone else using it at the moment loses
their signal. My guess is that it is a large apartment complex,
and the extender serves numerous apartments nearby.

Maybe if it plugs directly into a wall socket, instead of being
connected to a small power brick by a USB cable, then it
would need to be unplugged first, but I haven't seen a WiFi
extender that plugs in directly without a cord.

-- Captain Obvious, in Minneapolis


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November 7, 2019 at 14:18:37

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#7
November 8, 2019 at 03:57:01
Thank you for contradicting my fatuous assertion.
I sort of guessed that that would happen. So now
I haven't seen one, I've seen three!

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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