1. What is mesh networking?
The term Mesh WiFi means a network consisting of multiple wireless access points (APs) that offers users a working, consistent and self-organized wireless LAN access network. The configuration of the wireless LAN (for example SSID, passphrase, guest network, night service, etc.) is identical for all bands and APs within the mesh network. Data and monitoring information can flow within the mesh network via various physical transmission media like wireless LAN, powerline, Ethernet and also DECT.
Which path the mesh system uses depends on the layer 1/2 connections. Powerline and Ethernet work on any-to-any, while WiFi and DECT always use an AP (n:1). So depending on the combination of mesh APs there will be physical star or bus topologies that can also be cascaded. The number and condition of the physical interfaces of each mesh AP – for example a wireless radio, a radio+PLC, two radios+Ethernet or the like – are irrelevant for the structure of the mesh network. Yet, they do impact the performance and the costs of the mesh system. FRITZ!Box is the natural first AP in the mesh network. As "Mesh Master" it coordinates and optimizes the product and other added APs modularly. The Master also continuously monitors the mesh network whenever the load allows, controls functions like the self-configuration, self-healing and self-management of the mesh network, as well as the quality and security of the internet connection.
In practice, good dual-band routers combined with modern dual-band repeaters have already been offering mesh convenience for years, and saving money through their modular structure. Current dual band repeaters don't halve throughput, but actually increase range without any detriment to data rates, since data are distributed intelligently on both wireless channels (crossband repeating). Wireless/powerline devices are another very powerful alternative with an excellent cost-benefit ratio for gigabit technology. Millions of FRITZ!Boxes, repeaters and WiFi/PLC devices already offer top-notch mesh networking technology.
AVM provides updates in an effort to bring the latest technology and other improvements to performance to its customers and products, using all physical transmission media and the full spectrum of HF channels. This leads to the best possible wireless LAN experience for users.
2. In which operating modes does mesh work with my FRITZ!WLAN Repeater or FRITZ!Powerline WiFi repeater?
The mesh functions are supported in all operating modes (wireless bridge, LAN bridge, powerline bridge).
3. Are 802.11v or 802.11k supported?
11k/11v are currently supported by the products FRITZ!Box 7590 and the upcoming FRITZ!Powerline 1260E with WiFi. More products are being prepared.
These protocols are used to offer improved band steering, so that terminal devices can not only be controlled when they are idle, but also during active data transmission.
4. Will mesh also support cascaded repeaters (repeater to repeater)?
Yes, repeater chains can easily be established at the touch of a button. To do so, briefly press the WPS button on a repeater already connected to the home network and then press the button on the new repeater.
After a successful connection (WLAN LED on the repeater flashes), the device still needs to be activated for mesh. Now, depending on the FRITZ!Box model, please press
- 7590: the Connect button briefly
- 7490: the WLAN/WPS button for 6 seconds
then press the WPS button on the newly integrated repeater as well.
5. Is crossband repeating used for cascaded repeaters?
Yes, smart crossband repeating is used by all products within the mesh network, so that the optimum band for each product is chosen at every wireless access point.
6. The setting "Share the Smart Home function in the FRITZ!Box home network" in the Smart Home section was removed from the user interface. Does this mean that the function was removed?
The option is no longer necessary, since all devices within the mesh network are automatically synchronized via Smart Home.