Using BearExtender to extend the range of your network

On certain Macintosh computers, you can use BearExtender n3 to extend the range of your network. This allows you to share BearExtender n3’s strong signal with other Wi-Fi users nearby, including other Macs, iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches, mobile devices, and even Windows computers.

Range Extender mode requirements:
  • A Macintosh notebook or desktop computer with a built-in AirPort card
  • Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

Example scenario:
Your wireless router is located on the second floor. Using BearExtender n3, you are able to connect reliably on the first floor. Other computers requiring Wi-Fi on the first floor encounter low signal strength.

By setting up BearExtender n3 in Range Extender mode, you can turn your Mac with the BearExtender n3 connected into a Wi-Fi repeater. This will allow Wi-Fi users around you on the first floor to use BearExtender n3’s stronger signal.

Step 1: Open System Preferences, select Sharing

Go to the Apple Menu and choose System Preferences.

Internet & Network click on Sharing.


Step 2: Unlock

Click the lock icon and enter your password to make changes.


Step 3: Select Internet Sharing

Select Internet Sharing from the left sidebar.


Step 4: Drop down menu

From the drop down menu next to Share your connection from: select USB Ethernet (en#) or 802.11n WLAN.
Lion users: Select 802.11n WLAN


Step 5: Select Airport

Under To computers using: place a check mark next to AirPort.
Lion users: Place a check mark next to “Wi-Fi” instead.


Step 6: AirPort Options

Click AirPort Options to set a wireless network name and password that other Wi-Fi users must use to connect.
Lion users: Click “Wi-Fi Options” instead



Step 7: Check Internet Sharing

Finally, place a check mark next to Internet Sharing. This will start sharing Internet from BearExtender’s signal, and re-broadcast it over your Airport card to nearby Wi-Fi users.



Other Wi-Fi devices should now be able to see and join the network name you created in Step 6.

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