Whenever I try to access Netgear Nighthawk setup page by connecting to my WiFi network, my extender says “incorrect password”. This is not the one time issue. I have been facing the issue since too long. I can’t take it any longer. I am really pissed off! What can I do? How can I fix this issue from the comfort of my home?

Are these queries boggling your mind too? If yes, then you are not alone in the battle. 9 out of 10 users are facing the same issue. But, you don’t have to worry because you are on the right post. Here, you will get one of the best fixes that will help you troubleshoot “Nighthawk extender not accepting password” issue from the comfort of your home. Let’s start over!

Nighthawk Extender Not Accepting Password

The Reasons

  • Connectivity issues between Nighthawk extender and router
  • Incorrect Netgear Nighthawk extender login password
  • Wrongly performed extender firmware update process or the firmware update process was interrupted
  • Distance between your router and the Nighthawk extender is too much
  • Your extender WiFi signals are getting interrupted
  • Incomplete or partial Netgear WiFi extender setup can also lead to the issue

Now that you have come to know all the possible reasons behind the issue, let’s provide you the fixes to troubleshoot it.

Nighthawk Extender Not Accepting Password

The Fixes

Fix 1: Restart Your Nighthawk Device

Start by restarting your Netgear Nighthawk extender. Sometimes, a minor technical glitch in the extender can lead to many big issues and also prevent you from logging into your Nighthawk device.

So, to resolve the issue on the fly, simply restart your Netgear Nighthawk extender. Here’s how to do so:

Step 1: First things first, consider disconnecting your Nighthawk device and router.

Step 2: Also, disconnect all the devices that are connected to Netgear_ext SSID.

Step 3: Once done, turn the extender off and wait for a few minutes.

Step 4: Turn the extender back on.

Once you are done, try to access the Netgear Nighthawk setup page and see if your extender is now accepting the password or not.

Fix 2: Check the Extender Password

If you are still not able to log in to the extender using the password, then we suggest you to cross-check the network key (passphrase) after entering it. Chances are you are using the wrong password and due to that you are getting the issue.

Apart from this, ensure the following:

  • Be certain that you are not committing any typing mistakes in the extender login password.
  • The password must be entered into the correct field.
  • If you have changed the extender password after Netgear WiFi extender setup, we suggest you to use it instead.

Fix 3: Reduce the Distance between Devices

The next hack that you can try to troubleshoot “Nighthawk extender not accepting password” issue is to lessen the distance between your Netgear device and router. Bear in mind – too much distance between the device may also lead you experience the issue.

Fix 4: Relocate the Extender

If your extender is placed:

Near to reach of public WiFi

  • Under a table
  • Inside a cabinet
  • On a lower and congested surface
  • Close to corners or windows

Then also the same issue will trouble you. So, to fix the issue on the fly, place the extender at the center-most, higher, and non-congested location in your home. Doing so will prevent WiFi signal interference as well that is caused by neighboring networks.

Fix 5: Reset and Reconfigure Your Extender

The last hack that you can try to fix the issue is to reset your device and then setup Netgear extender again. Resetting process is necessary if your Netgear extender is still not accepting the password even after applying the fixes listed above.

Besides, there are also chances that you have forgot or lost the login details and due to that you are getting the issue. Don’t worry! The reset process will help you in this case as well.

After resetting, please setup Netgear extender again and after that, update its firmware to the latest version as well.

To Wrap Up

And, with this last hack, our article ends here. Here’s to hope that the last hack helped you out to fix “Nighthawk extender not accepting password” issue?

By Manali