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FRITZ!Box 6590 Cable Service

Setting up wireless guest access (private hotspot) in the FRITZ!Box

The FRITZ!Box's wireless guest access offers your guests separate internet access. Devices in the guest network are denied access to devices in the home network. For this purpose, the FRITZ!Box provides an additional wireless network (WiFi) with its own security settings and a captive portal, if needed.

You can either offer encrypted or unencrypted guest access:

  • A password is required to use private wireless guest access. Data transmitted via the guest access is secured using the current encryption method WPA2. It is suitable for friends and acquaintances who want secure access to the internet when visiting you at home.
  • A password is not required to use the public wireless hotspot. As in any public hotspot, data is transmitted without encryption. This type of guest access is suitable for use in cafés or doctors' offices, for example.

Requirements / Restrictions

  • The FRITZ!Box's wireless network must be enabled.
  • Devices in the guest network are configured to automatically obtain IP settings via DHCP.
  • IPTV playback and other FRITZ!Box functions (such as the MAC address filter, port sharing, telephony) are not available when using guest access.

1 Configuring guest access

  1. Click "Wireless" ("WLAN") in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Guest Access" in the "Wireless" ("WLAN") menu.
  3. Enable the guest access.
  4. For the "Name of the guest radio network (SSID)", enter the name that guests should see when they search for wireless networks.
  5. Select the encryption method from the drop-down list "Encryption". WPA2 encryption offers the best security.
  6. Enter a password that is between 8 and 63 characters long in the "Network key" field. Use numerals, letters, and other characters, and combine capitals and lower-case letters.
  7. If you also want to allow other forms of internet access, disable the option "Restrict internet applications: Only surfing and mail allowed".
  8. If you want guests to see a captive portal, enable the option "Display captive portal with information on the provider of the guest access" and customize it.
  9. If wireless devices should be allowed to exchange data with each other, enable the option "The wireless devices connected with the guest access can communicate with each other".
  10. If you do not want the guest access to be permanently enabled, select when the guest access should be disabled automatically.
  11. Click "Apply" to save the settings.

Now guests who know the name of the guest wireless network (SSID) and the network key can use your private hotspot.

Note:You can also use a FRITZ!Fon to enable and disable guest access in the "Home Network > WLAN" menu. The push service sends you a daily email message informing you about which wireless devices used the guest network.

2 Regulating internet use for the guest access

All devices in the guest network are assigned the "Guest" access profile in the FRITZ!Box parental controls. You can adjust the "Guest" access profile, for example if you want to limit internet use in the guest network to certain times or block access to certain websites:

  1. Click "Internet" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Filters" in the "Internet" menu.
  3. Click on the "Access Profiles" tab and then the (Edit) button for the "Guest" profile.
  4. Select the option "restricted" for the "Period".
  5. Click the "Internet use blocked" button and then hold down the left mouse button while you drag the mouse across the areas of the timetable when internet use should be blocked.

    Fig.: Internet access allowed at night and blocked in the morning

  6. If you want to block access to certain websites, enable the options "Filter websites" and "Block websites (blacklist)".

    Note:You can edit the blacklist on the "Lists" tab in the menu "Internet > Filters". It may contain up to 500 web addresses that must be separated by a space (for example "bootleg.com xxx.com weapons.net").

  7. Click "OK" to save the access profile.