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FRITZ!Box 4040 Service

Pushing a button (WPS) to set up a wireless connection to the FRITZ!Box

Many Android smartphones, Windows computers, wireless speakers, and other wireless devices support the WPS method (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) to set up wireless connections automatically. You can quickly and easily connect these devices to the wireless network (WiFi) of your FRITZ!Box by pushing a button. During this procedure, the FRITZ!Box's encryption settings are securely transmitted to the wireless device, which then stores them permanently.

In this guide we show you how to easily connect your wireless devices with your FRITZ!Box by pushing a button (WPS PBC - Push Button Configuration).

If your wireless devices do not support the WPS method, proceed as described in the guide Setting up a wireless connection to the FRITZ!Box manually.

Requirements / Restrictions

1 Enabling WPS in the FRITZ!Box

WPS is enabled in the factory settings. If you disabled WPS, reenable it:

  1. Click "Wireless" ("WLAN") in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Security" in the "Wireless" ("WLAN") menu.
  3. Click on the "WPS Quick Connection" tab.
  4. Enable WPS.
  5. Select "Push-Button method (WPS-PBC, Push Button Configuration)" and click "Start WPS".

2 Establishing a wireless connection to the FRITZ!Box

Windows 10

  1. Click (Start) and then (Settings) in the Windows task bar.
  2. Click "Network and Internet" and then "Wi-Fi" in the "Settings" menu.
  3. In the list of available connections, click the one that displays the wireless network name (SSID) of your FRITZ!Box (for example "FRITZ!Box 7490 KM") and click "Connect".
    • The field "Enter the network security key" is displayed:

      Fig.: Using WPS to establish a wireless connection (Windows 10)

    Important:If the message "You can also connect by pushing..." is not displayed, then the computer does not support WPS. In this case, enter the network key.

  4. Push and hold the "WPS" button on the FRITZ!Box until its "WLAN" LED flashes. Other LEDs may also light up.
  5. Click "Yes" when you are asked "Do you want to allow your PC to be discoverable by other PCs and devices on this network?". Now the wireless connection is established.

Windows 8

  1. Press the keyboard shortcut Windows key + C.
    • The Windows sidebar now opens.
  2. Click "Settings" and then the wireless symbol in the Windows sidebar.
  3. In the list of available connections, click the one that displays the wireless network name (SSID) of your FRITZ!Box (for example "FRITZ!Box 7490 KM") and click "Connect".
    • The field "Enter the network security key" is displayed:

      Fig.: Using WPS to establish a wireless connection (Windows 8)

    Important:If the message "You can also connect by pushing..." is not displayed, then the computer does not support WPS. In this case, enter the network key.

  4. Push and hold the "WPS" button on the FRITZ!Box until its "WLAN" LED flashes. Other LEDs may also light up.
  5. Select the answer "Yes, turn on sharing and connect to devices". Now the wireless connection is established and the field strength is displayed by the wireless symbol .

Windows 7

  1. Click the wireless symbol in the notification area of the Windows taskbar (Systray).
  2. In the list of available connections, click the one that displays the wireless network name (SSID) of your FRITZ!Box (for example "FRITZ!Box 7490 KM") and click "Connect".
    • The "Connect to a network" window now appears:

      Fig.: Using WPS to establish a wireless connection (Windows 7)

    • Important:If the message "You can also connect by pushing..." is not displayed, then the computer does not support WPS. In this case, enter the network key.

  3. Push and hold the "WPS" button on the FRITZ!Box until its "WLAN" LED flashes. Other LEDs may also light up. Now the wireless connection is established and the field strength is displayed by the wireless symbol .
    • Important:Sometimes the message "Windows was unable to connect to this network" is incorrectly displayed, although the wireless connection was established. Click "Cancel" to close the message window.

Android

Note:It is especially easy to use FRITZ!App WLAN to connect your Android devices to the FRITZ!Box.

  1. Tap the "Settings" icon on the home screen of the Android device.
  2. Tap "Wi-Fi" in the "Settings" menu.
  3. Tap the button and then "More settings".
  4. Tap "WPS push button".
    • The window "WPS setup" is displayed:

      Fig.: WPS setup

  5. Push and hold the "WPS" button on the FRITZ!Box until its "WLAN" LED flashes. Other LEDs may also light up.
  6. Tap "OK" on your Android device. Now the wireless connection is established and the field strength is displayed by the wireless symbol .

Other wireless devices (such as network printers, wireless music systems)

  1. Push and hold the "WPS" button on the FRITZ!Box until its "WLAN" LED flashes. Other LEDs may also light up.
  2. Use your wireless device to search for wireless networks in the vicinity.

    Note:You can find instructions on establishing wireless connections in the manual, or consult the manufacturer of the wireless device directly.

  3. Select the name of your FRITZ!Box's wireless network (SSID) (for example "FRITZ!Box 7490 KM") and start WPS according to the PBC (Push Button Configuration) method. Now the wireless connection is established.