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FRITZ!Box 6490 Cable Service

Finding the ideal location for the Mesh Repeater

The correct positioning of your Mesh Repeater is a key factor when extending the Wi-Fi range of your home network. The quality of the connection between the Mesh Repeater and the Mesh Master is just as important as the quality of the connection between the Mesh Repeater and the wireless devices connected to it.

If the Mesh Repeater is connected to the Mesh Master via Wi-Fi, you must find a location where the Mesh Repeater is capable of establishing a fast and stable connection to the Mesh Master, and at the same time its own Wi-Fi network must be readily accessible for wireless devices.

In this guide we show you how to check the quality of the Wi-Fi connection between the Mesh Repeater and the Mesh Master and what you can do to improve the positioning of your Mesh Repeater.

1 Checking the connection quality

Using FRITZ!App WLAN to check the connection quality

If your Mesh Repeater is connected to the Mesh Master via Wi-Fi, it is best to check the connection quality with FRITZ!App WLAN. FRITZ!App WLAN is available for mobile devices with Android and iOS.

  1. Start FRITZ!App WLAN.
  2. Tap the "My Repeaters" button in FRITZ!App WLAN.
  3. Tap the button "Evaluate Repeater Position".
  4. Now FRITZ!App WLAN shows you the quality of the connection:

    Fig.: Checking the repeater's position with FRITZ!App WLAN

  5. If FRITZ!App WLAN suggests you reposition the Mesh Repeater, place it elsewhere. Note the tips given in this guide on finding the ideal position.
  6. After repositioning the repeater, in Android tap the symbol in FRITZ!App WLAN again or in iOS tap "Repeater not listed?" and then "Refresh" to re-evaluate the repeater's position.

Using the LEDs to check connection quality

If you are using a FRITZ!Repeater as a Mesh Repeater, you can check the LEDs on repeater to determine the quality of the connection between the Mesh Repeater and the Mesh Master:

Note:If you are using a FRITZ!Repeater with five signal strength LEDs and it is connected to the Mesh Master by means of a network cable, the LEDs indicate the quality of the connection between the FRITZ!Repeater and the first wireless device connected to it.

  1. Check the LEDs on the FRITZ!Repeater.
  2. If you are using a FRITZ!Repeater with five signal strength LEDs and at least three of the LEDs light up, the quality of the Wi-Fi connection is sufficient. If only one or two signal strength LEDs light up, the quality of the connection is poor.
    • If you are using a FRITZ!Repeater with a LED for connection quality and the LED glows green, the quality of the Wi-Fi connection is sufficient. If the LED glows orange, the quality of the connection is poor.
  3. If the FRITZ!Repeater indicates that the quality of the connection is poor, position it elsewhere. Note the tips given in this guide on finding the ideal position.

2 Tips on finding the ideal location

  1. Position the Mesh 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.
  2. Do not place the Mesh Repeater directly in the corner of a room.
  3. Position the Mesh Repeater so that there are as few obstacles as possible between it, the FRITZ!Box, and other wireless devices. Especially metallic objects or objects containing water, for example radiators, refrigerators, or even houseplants, significantly reduce the quality of the wireless signal.
  4. Position the Mesh Repeater away from other radio transmitters, for example microwaves, Wi-Fi speakers, or Bluetooth devices.
  5. If you are using a FRITZ!Powerline adapter, plug it directly into a wall outlet; do not use it with a power strip, an extension cord, or behind a surge protector. To reduce interference in the home's power supply, avoid powerline connections on different phases, fuse boxes, and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI).