Detailed information about FRITZ! Mesh - Setting up the FRITZ!Box as a Mesh Repeater

Detailed information about FRITZ! Mesh

Setting up the FRITZ!Box as a Mesh Repeater

You can set up your FRITZ!Box for use as a Mesh Repeater and use wireless LAN or a network cable to integrate it into the Mesh of your FRITZ!Box with internet access (Mesh Master) to easily and efficiently increase the range of your home network.

As a Mesh Repeater, the FRITZ!Box automatically adopts all of the wireless settings from the Mesh Master (for example access data, guest access, schedule) and creates an additional wireless network (WiFi) that enables your devices to connect to the home network. In addition, the telephone numbers entered in the Mesh Master can be activated for the Mesh Repeater and used by telephone devices configured in it.

As soon as the Mesh Repeater is integrated into the Mesh, it is marked with the Mesh symbol in the user interface of the Mesh Master:

Fig.: Mesh overview of the Mesh Master with FRITZ!Box as a Mesh Repeater

Requirements / Restrictions

1 Setting up the FRITZ!Box as a Mesh Repeater

Preparations

  1. Use wireless LAN or a network cable to connect a computer to the FRITZ!Box that you want to set up as the Mesh Repeater.
  2. If the computer is already connected to the Mesh Master, clear this connection.

Configuring the operating mode

  1. Click "Home Network" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click on "Mesh Networking" in the "Home Network" menu.
  3. Click on the "Mesh Settings" tab.
  4. Enable the option "Mesh Repeater" in the "Mesh Operating Mode" section.
  5. Enable the option "This FRITZ!Box is a network device (IP client) in the home network [...]".
  6. If you want to use a network cable to connect the FRITZ!Box to the Mesh Master:
    1. Enable the option "via LAN".
    2. Click "Apply" to save the settings.
    3. Use a network cable to connect the "WAN" or a LAN port on the FRITZ!Box either directly to a LAN port on the Mesh Master, or by means of a hub or switch.
    • If you want to use wireless LAN to connect the FRITZ!Box to the Mesh Master:
      1. Enable the option "via wireless LAN".
      2. In the table, select the wireless network of the Mesh Master.
      3. Enter the Mesh Master's network key in the "Network key" field.
      4. Click "Apply" to save the settings.

2 Integrating the Mesh Repeater into the Mesh

  1. Push and hold the connect button on the Mesh Repeater (see table) until its "WLAN" LED flashes. Other LEDs may also flash.
  2. Within 2 minutes: Push and hold the connect button on the Mesh Master until its confirmation LED (see table) lights up. Other LEDs may also light up.
    FRITZ!Box modelConnect buttonConfirmation LED
    FRITZ!Box 7590, 7530, 7520, 6890 Connect / WPS Connect / WPS
    FRITZ!Box 6591, 6590 Connect / WPS Info
    FRITZ!Box 7560, 7362 SL WLAN Info
    FRITZ!Box 7490, 7430, 6490, 6430, 5491, 5490 WLAN WPS Info
    FRITZ!Box 7582, 7581, 7580, 3490 WPS Info
    FRITZ!Box 6820, 4040, 4020 WPS WLAN
  3. The process is complete as soon as the Mesh Master marks the Mesh Repeater with the Mesh symbol in the Mesh overview.

3 Setting up telephony in the Mesh

If you also want to use the telephone numbers configured in the Mesh Master with telephones connected to the Mesh Repeater:

  1. Click on "Home Network" in the user interface of the Mesh Master.
  2. Click on "Mesh Networking" in the "Home Network" menu.
  3. Click on the "Mesh Settings" tab.
  4. In the "Use Telephony in the Mesh" section, click the "Enable" link next to the Mesh Repeater and then confirm that the procedure may be executed on the Mesh Master as well, if asked to do so.