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FRITZ!Box 4020 Service

Using the FRITZ!Box as a wireless repeater

You want to set up the FRITZ!Box as a repeater and connect it to a second FRITZ!Box? ✔ Find out how to do that here.

You can connect the FRITZ!Box as a wireless repeater with an existing FRITZ!Box. Internet services configured in the existing FRITZ!Box are then available to the FRITZ!Box configured as the wireless repeater and the devices connected to it, such as computers and telephones. The FRITZ!Box cannot be used as a wireless repeater with a router from another manufacturer.

Requirements / Restrictions

Note:All instructions on configuration and settings given in this guide refer to the latest FRITZ!OS for the FRITZ!Box.

1 Configuring the FRITZ!Box as a wireless repeater

Connecting the computer with the wireless repeater

  1. Either use wireless LAN or a network cable to connect a computer to the FRITZ!Box you want to use as a wireless repeater.
  2. If the computer is already connected to the FRITZ!Box that establishes the internet connection, clear that 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. Enable the option "via wireless LAN".
  7. Under "Select wireless radio network", select the wireless network of your FRITZ!Box with internet access. If the FRITZ!Box is not displayed:
    1. Reduce the distance between the two devices.
    2. Click the "Refresh List" button and then select the FRITZ!Box with internet access.
  8. Enter the network key of the FRITZ!Box with internet access in the "Network key" field.
  9. Click "Apply" to save the settings.

Now the FRITZ!Box is configured as a wireless repeater.

Important:When configured as a wireless repeater, the FRITZ!Box can no longer be reached at http://fritz.box; instead, to you must use the Mesh or home network overview of the FRITZ!Box with internet access or the IP address assigned to it by the FRITZ!Box with internet access.

2 Setting up Mesh

If FRITZ!OS 7 or later is installed on the FRITZ!Box with internet access, connect the devices to form a Mesh.

  1. Push and hold down the "WPS" button on the FRITZ!Box with internet access for about 1 second until its "WLAN" LED flashes. Other LEDs may also flash.
  2. Within 2 minutes: Push and hold down the connect button on the wireless repeater until its confirmation LED lights up. Other LEDs may also light up.
    FRITZ!Box modelConnect buttonConfirmation LED
    FRITZ!Box 7590, 7530, 6890 Connect / WPS Connect / WPS
    FRITZ!Box 7490, 7430 WLAN WPS WLAN / Info
    FRITZ!Box 7560 WLAN WLAN / DECT
    FRITZ!Box 7583 WPS WLAN / Info
    FRITZ!Box 4040, 4020, 3490 WPS WLAN
  3. The process is complete as soon as the FRITZ!Box with internet access marks the wireless repeater with the Mesh symbol in the Mesh overview.

3 Finding the ideal location for the FRITZ!Box

  1. Select a location for the FRITZ!Box being used as the wireless repeater where the quality of the wireless signal of the FRITZ!Box with internet access is good.

    Note:You can use FRITZ!App WLAN to find the ideal place for the repeater.