Extending Your WI-FI With a Repeater

More of a home technology post and how to this time. Repeaters are not necessarily something you’d really consider in a business setting unless you’ve got a small shop with just one or two users somewhere and just need to extend your WIFI range or something and don’t want to spend a lot of money with cable to do it.

For home use just to get your Wi-Fi out into your yard or into that one dead spot in your house, a wireless repeater is a pretty decent way to do it. I’d never had good luck with them until I came across this one on Amazon. It’s the JCG JWA-N8002 WIFI Repeater.

It actually has a lot more functions that just working as a repeater which I will definitely be putting guides up for.

Note: This repeater is an older model. It works on B+G+N. They make another model that works with N+AC but I can’t find them for sale. Also note that the one pictured doesn’t have the US plug, but the two I’ve bought so far do. I think the N80002 is the US/Canadian model and the U25 is for the European market.

The great thing about this repeater is, usually you can find them on Amazon for like $14. The sad thing is, they go really fast! One complaint I saw was the instructions are hard to decipher so I’m posting instructions here.

Setting Up The JWA-N8002 As A Repeater

Step 1: Figure out a good place for the repeater. You need an empty wall outlet. It also needs to be where it can get signal from your WiFi router. Don’t plug it in somewhere in the dead spot. Put it between the dead area and your router. A good place is where you get about two bars of signal from your router.

Step 2: Once you’ve figured out a spot, get your laptop, or tablet. Plug the repeater into the wall and wait a few minutes. They take a moment to turn on.

Step 3: Connect your computer to the repeater. The default network the repeater is set to is JWA-N8002. The password is 12345678. This is printed on the device as well.

Note: Alexis points out below that the password might be different. Alexis’ password was ‘uquququq’

JCG Wireless
It’s the top option here.

Step 4: Open your web browser. I prefer Firefox these days, but I have used Chrome. If you use Internet Explorer, you may need to use “Compatibility View”. Browse to enter the username admin, and the password is also admin.

JCG Admin Password
Default username is admin, password is admin.

Step 5: The basic set up wizard should already be set to “Repeater”. If it isn’t select it. Leave the “Auto Copy From Router” checked. Mine did not have the “Auto. Configure Lan IP Address” checked. I think if you don’t have a DHCP Server on your router you might need to check that.  Next, click the “Site Survey Button”. Don’t change anything else on this screen.

JCG Repeater Easy ConfigStep 6: Check out which wireless networks it found. Make sure you can see yours and it has at least two bars of signal. If it doesn’t you might want to move it. It might be good with just one. Here’s what mine looked like.

JCG Repeater Easy Config With Site Survey
It found my neighbors too. TheGreenTower is mine. The one called “TheGreenTower-ext” is a repeater I already set up. TheGreenTower-ext would be a good network to repeat off of. The Suddenlink6092 might not be since it can barely see it.

Step 7: Select your Wifi Network and enter your password in the “Pre-Shared Key” box. You may need to select “Passphrase” from the drop down menu.


JCG Repeater Easy Config With SSID Selected

Step 8: Hit save and apply.

If you entered everything correctly the repeater will reboot and you’ll see a new wireless network called “yournetwork-ext” and you can connect to it using the same password as your regular one.

You should be able to connect to your Wi-Fi in any dead spots.

How to Install the ShoreTel Voicemessage Control Manually

Imagine if you will: You’re in the middle of Canada with a sketchy internet connection and you desperately need to update your ShoreTel auto-attendant for Labor Day. You’ve had the recording needed sent to you and you’ve connected to your work via VPN. You go into the auto-attendant menus to upload the recording and you can’t until you install an ActiveX control. No big deal, you do and Shoreware Director asks you if you want to leave the page. It becomes quickly apparent that no matter what you do, it will just keep looping you back to the Quick View Page and never install the component.

I’ve seen this happen a lot, especially when you’re working remote, or using Internet Explorer. You know because you have to use Internet Explorer to work with Director. Great way to design your software ShoreTel! Restrict what browsers work then make it virtually impossible to actually change prompts because of that browsers security measures!

Fortunately there is a fix and it’s fairly easy.

How To Install ShoreTel Voicemessage Control Manually

Step 1 – Download the following file: http://servername/shorewaredirector/voicemessage.ocx. If you set up ShoreTel to connect with Active Directory using my guide your URL should be http://shoretel/shorewaredirector/voicemessage.ocx and you can just click that to get it. I typically save it to the C:\temp directory for simplicity.

Step 2 – Close Internet Explorer (You might want to write the next couple steps down before proceeding if you don’t have another browser installed).

Step 3 – Open a command prompt in Administrator Mode and type the following “regsvr32 C:\temp\voicemessage.ocx”. If you saved voicemessage.ocx to the C:\temp folder you can just copy and paste that into the command prompt. You should get a message saying it was registered successfully.

Step 4 – Go back into ShoreWare Director into the auto attendant menu you want to change. It will ask you if you want to allow voicemessage.ocx to run. Tell it to Allow. It will give you the leave page dialog again, click leave. Go back to the Auto Attendant menu and you’ll probably get a dialog box about Windows Firewall, allow the plugin to run. You should now be able to import files.

Notes: If you get the error 80040200 when registering the OCX file, that just means you need to run the command prompt as an administrator.
There is also a file called twentyfour7.ocx that allows you to use the scheduler pages. It might be worth registering this control too. Use the same method as above to do so.

Hopefully this has saved you some frustrations. If you know of any more stuff like this please leave the info in the comments as it helps everyone.