How to Connect Verizon Wi-Fi Extender?

Verizon’s FIOS Wi-Fi extender has been one of the best-performing Wi-Fi extenders in the market for around half a decade and counting. Just in case you did not know, you can connect this extender to your home Wi-Fi using these three ways:

  • Ethernet cable
  • Coaxial cable
  • Wi-Fi (Applies to FIOS Extender Model E3200 only)

Although the connection process is pretty simple a lot of users are facing issues during its first boot. Generally, it’s just the firmware update that takes time to boot the extender. However, due to a lack of information, users get restless and start looking for solutions. 

What most users are not aware of is that the Verizon FIOS Extender Model CE1000A lacks the capability of connecting to the Verizon Wi-Fi router Model G3100 wirelessly.

Therefore, I decided to create this step-by-step guide on “How to Connect Verizon Wi-Fi Extender” to make the entire process seamless and enjoyable. I will also include the most common issues to save you hours from scratching your head like others.

How to Connect Verizon Wi-Fi Extender?

Connect Verizon Wi-Fi Extender

To connect your Verizon Wi-Fi extender to home Wi-Fi through a coax cable, follow these steps:

Step 1: Turn on your Verizon Wi-Fi Extender

Plug in your Verizon Wi-Fi extender to the main power outlet.

Step 2: Connect coax to the main Wi-Fi outlet

Use coax cable and connect one end to your Wi-Fi coax outlet.

Step 3: Connect your extender to Wi-Fi (Wired)

Insert the other end of your coax cable into the coax inlet of your Verizon Wi-Fi extender.

Step 3a: If the coax inlet port on the extender is occupied, then use the coax splitter provided in the box.

Step 4: Set up your Verizon Wi-Fi extender 

Press the button on the front of the extender. It will start blinking with white light. Wait until it turns constant white. 

After coax is connected to both the home Wi-Fi and extender, the status LED on the front panel of your extender will blink and turn solid white.

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How to Connect Verizon Wi-Fi Extender Using Wired Ethernet?

If your home Wi-Fi connection supports Ethernet, then follow these steps to connect your Verizon Wi-Fi Extender through Ethernet Cable:

Step 1: Turn on your Verizon Wi-Fi Extender

Plug in your Verizon Wi-Fi extender to the main power outlet.

Step 2: Connect Ethernet cable to home Wi-Fi router

Get a coax cable and connect one end to your Wi-Fi coax outlet.

Step 3: Connect your extender to Wi-Fi 

Insert the other end of your Ethernet cable into the LAN1/LAN2 inlet of your Verizon Wi-Fi extender.

Step 4: Press WPS button 

On the front panel of your extender, press the WPS button until it starts blinking with a white light. Wait until it turns constant white. 

After Ethernet is connected to both the home Wi-Fi and extender, the status LED on the front panel of your extender will blink and turn solid white.

How to Connect Verizon Wi-Fi Extender Wirelessly?

Only Verizon FIOS E3200 Wi-Fi extender connects wirelessly with Verizon FIOS G3100 Wi-Fi router. If you have received newer version of Verizon FIOS CR1000A Wi-Fi router, then you cannot connect it to your E3200 extender at all.

If your package includes a FIOS G3100 Wi-Fi router and a FIOS E3200 Wi-Fi extender, then follow these steps to connect these wirelessly.

Step 1: Turn on your Verizon Wi-Fi Router and Extender

Plug in your Verizon Wi-Fi router and the extender to the main power outlet.

Step 2: Set up your Verizon FIOS G3100 Wi-Fi Router

Connect the main Wi-Fi FIOS line to the WAN port of your router to set it up.

Step 3: Connect your Extender to Router 

Press the front (WPS) button on your Router as well as the extender to initiate white light flashing. This will ensure that both router and extender are booting up.

Note: Do not unplug power supply from your Verizon Wi-Fi extender until front panel status LED turned solid white. Wait for about 10 minutes and let the extender update its firmware. After confirming solid white light, uplug your extender and place it according your requirement. 

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Why is My Verizon Wi-Fi Extender blinking White?

On the front panel of your Verizon Wi-Fi extender, if the status led starts blinking white, it means that the extender is booting up. 

If you see white solid light, it means that the extender is connected to Wi-Fi. 

Why is My Verizon Wi-Fi Extender blinking Yellow?

On the front panel of your Verizon Wi-Fi extender, if yellow light blinks fast, it means that the extender is too close to the router. You need to place the extender away from the router and wait until the yellow light turns solid white.

On the front panel of your Verizon Wi-Fi extender, if yellow light blinks slow, it means that the extender is far away from the router. You need to reduce the distance between the extender and the router and wait until the yellow light turns solid white.

What does Blue Light Mean on My Verizon Wi-Fi Extender?

On the front panel of your Verizon Wi-Fi extender, if the status LED turns blue and blinks slow, it means that the extender is pairing with the router. You need to not do anything but wait until the blue light turns solid white.

On the front panel of your Verizon Wi-Fi extender, if the status LED turns solid blue, it means that the extender is successfully connected to your Wi-Fi router. 

What does Green Light Mean on My Verizon Wi-Fi Extender?

On the front panel of your Verizon Wi-Fi extender, if the status LED turns solid Red, it means that the Wi-Fi is turned off.

What does Red Light Mean on My Verizon Wi-Fi Extender?

On the front panel of your Verizon Wi-Fi extender, if the status LED turns red and blinks slowly, it means that pairing between the extender and router has failed. You need to restart the entire pairing process and follow the steps given above in this guide. 

On the front panel of your Verizon Wi-Fi extender, if the status LED turns red and blinks fast, it means that the extender is overheating. You may need to put it off for some time to let it cool down before using it again. This may generally happen due to voltage fluctuations.

On the front panel of your Verizon Wi-Fi extender, if the status LED turns solid, it means that the extender has encountered hardware/firmware issues. You need to reset it and re-start the pairing process. 

What is the Best Way to Connect to Verizon Wi-Fi Extender?

Here is a summary of the maximum Wi-Fi speed supported on your Verizon Wi-Fi extender through different modes:

  1. Ethernet Cable Connection (Through LAN Port): 1000 Mbps (max)
  2. Coax Cable Connection (Through Coax Port): 2500 Mbps (max)

How to Reset Old Wi-Fi Connection on Verizon Wi-Fi Extender?

On the back panel of your Verizon Wi-Fi Extender, Press the Reset button present above the DC power outlet for about 10 seconds to perform a factory reset. This will clear all previous connections and reset all the settings to the default. 

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How to Perform Soft Reboot on Verizon Wi-Fi Extender?

On the back panel of your Verizon Wi-Fi Extender, Press the Reset button present above the DC power outlet for about 3 seconds to perform a soft reboot. This will clear all previous connections and reset all the settings to the default. 

Conclusion

This brings us to the end of this guide on How to Connect Verizon Wi-Fi Extender. By following simple instructions, you can connect Verizon Wi-Fi extender to your home Wi-Fi. This method applies to both models of extenders – E3200 and CE1000A. If you have any questions or have encountered issues while connecting it, you can visit Verizon’s support page or let me know in the comments and I will be happy to help.

Frequently Asked Questions 

How to Connect Verizon Wi-Fi Extender?

To connect Verizon Wi-Fi extender using coax, follow these steps:
Step 1: Turn on your Verizon Wi-Fi Extender
Plug in your Verizon Wi-Fi extender to the main power outlet.
Step 2: Connect coax to main Wi-Fi outlet
Get a coax cable and connect one end to your Wi-Fi coax outlet.
Step 3: Connect your extender to Wi-Fi (Wired)
Insert the other end of your coax cable into the coax inlet of your Verizon Wi-Fi extender.
Step 3a: If the coax inlet port on the extender is occupied, then use the coax splitter provided in the box.
Step 4: Press the button on the front of the extender. It will start blinking with white light. Wait until it turns constant white. 
After coax is connected to both the home Wi-Fi and extender, the status led on the front panel of your extender will blink and turn solid white.

Why is my Verizon Wi-Fi extender not connecting to Wi-Fi?

Follow these steps to troubleshoot the issue:
1. Ensure that Wi-Fi is enabled in the router of your home Wi-Fi. 
2. Try connecting a coax or Ethernet cable if the wireless connection is not established. 
3. Wait for the extender to update its firmware during the first boot.
4. Reset the extender and initiate the process again.

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