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FRITZ!Box 5490 Service

Increasing wireless range of the FRITZ!Box with a repeater

You can increase the wireless range (WiFi) of your FRITZ!Box with internet access (access point) if you set up additional FRITZ!Boxes as repeaters. This allows you to

  • completely integrate computers, smartphones, and other network and telephony devices connected to the FRITZ!Box (repeater) into your home network. You can then use all of the internet and telephony services set up in the FRITZ!Box (access point) with them.
  • let your guests enjoy fast and secure internet access via the guest wireless network, even when they are far from the FRITZ!Box (access point). Your guests' wireless devices remain completely separated from your home network.

Here we show you how to set up an additional FRITZ!Box as a repeater. Instead of a FRITZ!Box, you can also use a FRITZ!WLAN Repeater.

Important:The instructions for configuring the access point are valid for the FRITZ!Box model given above these instructions. You can find guides for other models in the "Service" area of the respective FRITZ!Box on avm.de.

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 access point

The FRITZ!Box is already completely configured for use as an access point in the factory settings. The following steps are only necessary if you changed the FRITZ!Box's wireless settings:

Enabling the wireless network

  1. Click "Wireless" ("WLAN") in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Radio Network" in the "Wireless" ("WLAN") menu.
  3. Enable the wireless network for the 2.4 and 5 GHz frequency band. If the option "Wireless radio network enabled" is only displayed once, enable the Advanced View first.
  4. Click "Apply" to save the settings.

Displaying the name of the wireless network (SSID)

Make sure that the name of your access point's wireless network is visible:

Note:Hiding the wireless network name can pose a security risk (see article in PC World: 5 Wi-Fi security myths you must abandon now).

  1. Click "Wireless" ("WLAN") in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Radio Network" in the "Wireless" ("WLAN") menu.
  3. Enable the option "Name of the wireless radio network visible". If the option is not displayed, enable the Advanced View first.
  4. Click "Apply" to save the settings.

Briefly disabling the MAC address filter

The MAC address filter of the access point may not be enabled during the configuration procedure:

  1. Click "Wireless" ("WLAN") in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Security" in the "Wireless" ("WLAN") menu.
  3. Enable the option "Allow all new wireless devices".
  4. Click "Apply" to save the settings.

You can reenable the MAC address filter as soon as you have finished configuring the wireless connection between the repeater and the access point.

2 Configuring the repeater

Preparations

  1. Either use a network cable or wireless LAN to connect a computer to the FRITZ!Box you want to use as a repeater. If the computer is already connected to the FRITZ!Box that establishes the internet connection, clear this connection.

Configuring the operating mode

  1. Click "Wireless" ("WLAN") in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Mesh/Repeater" or "Repeater" in the "Wireless" ("WLAN") menu. If the menu is not displayed, enable the Advanced View first.
  3. Enable the option "Repeater".
  4. Under "Access Point Selection", search for the name of the wireless network (SSID) of the access point and select it. If the access point is not listed, decrease the distance between it and the repeater and click the "Refresh List" button.

    Note:Regardless of the frequency band being used for the wireless connection between both FRITZ!Boxes, wireless devices can always connect to the access point as well as the repeater using either frequency band (if the FRITZ!Box being used as the repeater can use both frequency bands simultaneously).

  5. Enter the network key of the access point in the "Network key" field.
  6. Click "Apply" to save the settings.

Now the wireless connection between both FRITZ!Boxes is established.

3 Setting up Mesh

If FRITZ!OS 7 or later is installed on the repeater, you can connect the repeater and the access point to form a Mesh. Then the repeater adopts all of the wireless settings from the access point and the wireless networks of both FRITZ!Boxes are centrally controlled and optimized by the access point:

  1. Push and hold the connect button on your access point until its "WLAN" LED flashes. Other LEDs may also flash.
  2. Within 2 minutes: Push and hold the connect button on the 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 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, 4040, 3490 WPS Info
    FRITZ!Box 6820 WPS WLAN
  3. The process is complete as soon as the access point marks the repeater with the Mesh symbol in the Mesh overview.

4 Finding the ideal location for the repeater

  1. Select a location for the repeater where the wireless connection between other wireless devices (for example smartphones, tablets) and the access point is flawless.
  2. Do not position the repeater directly in the corner of a room.
  3. Position the repeater so that it is as unobstructed as possible, i.e. not directly in back of or under an obstacle such as pieces of furniture or a heater.
  4. Position the repeater as high in the room as possible, for example on a shelf.
  5. Make sure that there are as few obstacles as possible between the repeater and the access point. Especially metallic objects or objects containing water, for example radiators, refrigerators, or even houseplants, significantly reduce the quality of the wireless signal.
  6. Position the repeater away from other transmitters, for example microwaves, wireless speakers, or Bluetooth devices.

5 Setting up telephony

If you also want to use the telephone numbers configured in the access point with telephones connected to the router:

6 Opening the user interface

Enter fritz.box as usual to call up the user interface of the access point. You can access the user interface of the repeater via the home network overview of the access point:

  1. Click "Home Network" in the user interface of the FRITZ!Box (access point).
  2. Click "Home Network Environment" in the "Home Network" menu.
  3. Click the link for the repeater.

    Note:You can also use the IP address that the repeater obtains from the access point, for example 192.168.178.25, to open the user interface. The IP address can be found in the home network overview of the access point under "Devices and Users".