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

Use wireless LAN or a network cable to integrate the FRITZ!Box as a Mesh Repeater into the Mesh of your FRITZ!Box with internet access (Mesh Master to easily and efficiently increase the wireless range of your home network.

The Mesh Repeater automatically adopts all of the wireless settings from the Mesh Master (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 in the Mesh, it is marked with the Mesh symbol in the user interface of the Mesh Master:

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

Requirements / Restrictions

  • FRITZ!OS 6.90 or later is installed on the Mesh Master and the Mesh Repeater.
  • FRITZ!Box Cable and fiber optic models cannot be used as Mesh Repeaters.

1 Setting up the Mesh Repeater

Preparations

  1. Use wireless LAN or a network cable to connect a computer to the Mesh Repeater. If the computer is already connected to the Mesh Master, clear this connection.

Configuring the operating mode

  1. Click on "Home Network" in the user interface of the Mesh Repeater.
  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 Mesh Repeater 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 "LAN" port on the Mesh Repeater 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 Mesh Repeater to the Mesh Master:
      1. Enable the option "via wireless LAN".
      2. In the table, select the wireless network you want to connect the Mesh Repeater to.
      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 Master (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 Repeater until its confirmation LED lights up. Other LEDs may also light up.
    FRITZ!Box modelConnect buttonConfirmation LED
    FRITZ!Box 7590, 7530 Connect / WPS Connect / WPS
    FRITZ!Box 7580, 4040, 3490 WPS Info
    FRITZ!Box 7560, 7362 SL WLAN Info
    FRITZ!Box 7490, 7430, 6490, 5491 WLAN WPS Info
    FRITZ!Box 6591, 6590 Connect / WPS Info
  3. The process is completed as soon as the Mesh Repeater is marked with the Mesh symbol in the Mesh or home network overview of the Mesh Master.

3 Setting up telephony in the Mesh

If FRITZ!OS 7 is installed on the Mesh Master and you also want to use the telephone numbers configured in it 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.