Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) are members of the Cys-loop superfamily of ligand-gated ion channels. Typically, channel activation follows the binding of agonists to the orthosteric binding sites of the receptor. a7 nAChRs have a very low probability of channel activation, which can be reversed by the binding of a7 selective positive allosteric modulators (PAMs) to putative sites within the transmembrane domains. Although typical PAMs, like PNU-120596, require coapplication of an orthosteric agonist to produce large channel activations, some, like GAT107 and B-973B [(S)-3-(3,4-difluorophenyl)-N-(1-(6-(4-(pyridin-2-yl)piperazin-1-yl)pyrazin-2-yl)ethyl)propanamide], are characterized as allosteric activating PAMs, which also bind to an allosteric activation (AA) site in the extracellular domain and activate the a7 ion channel by themselves. We had previously characterized N,N-diethyl-N9-phenylpiperazine analogs with various functions. In this work, we docked members of this family to a homology model of the a7 receptor extracellular domain. The compound 1,1-diethyl-4(naphthalene-2-yl)piperazin-1-ium (2NDEP) a weak partial agonist, showed particularly favorable docking and binding energies at the putative AA site of the receptor. We hypothesized that 2NDEP could couple with PAMs through the AA site. This hypothesis was tested with the a7 mutant C190A, which is not activated by orthosteric agonists but is effectively activated by GAT107. The results showed that 2NDEP acts as an allosteric agonist of a7C190A when coapplied with the PAM PNU-120596. Also, the allosteric activity was nearly abolished upon coapplication with the AA site-selective antagonist 2,3,5,6MP-TQS (cis-trans-4-(2,3,5,6-tetramethylphenyl)-3a,4,5,9b-tetrahydro-3H-cyclopenta[c]quinoline-8-sulfonamide), consistent with AA site involvement. Overall, our findings show a novel mode of agonism through an allosteric site in the extracellular domain of a7 nAChR.