FRITZ!Box 7390 Service - Knowledge Base

FRITZ!Box 7390 Service

Wireless range is low

The range of the wireless connection (WiFi) between a wireless device (for example a notebook, smartphone, tablet) and your FRITZ!Box is low.

Cause

  • Wireless devices with software (for example drivers, firmware) that is out of date, sources of interference in the vicinity, structural conditions (for example thickness and reinforcement of the walls), as well as other devices that emit radio waves, such as microwaves and baby monitors, influence the quality and thus the range of a wireless connection.

Important:Some of the settings described here are only displayed if the advanced view is enabled in the user interface. The configuration procedure and notes on functions given in this guide refer to the latest FRITZ!OS

Simply proceed as described below. After each measure, check whether the issue persists.

1 Installing the latest FRITZ!OS for the FRITZ!Box

2 Installing the latest software for the wireless device

  • Install the latest driver for your computer's wireless network adapter or the latest operating system (for example Android, iOS) for the wireless device.

    Note:You can find information on updating the wireless network adapter or wireless device in its manual, or consult the manufacturer directly.
    You can find the latest drivers for the FRITZ!WLAN Sticks in our download area.

3 Setting the maximum transmitter power

  1. Click "Wireless" ("WLAN") in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Radio Channel" in the "Wireless" ("WLAN") menu.
  3. Check which wireless channel setting is enabled.
    • If the option "Set radio channel settings automatically (recommended)" is enabled:
      • Proceed with the following section.
    • If the option "Adjust radio channel settings" is enabled:
      1. Click "Additional settings".
      2. Select "100%" from the drop-down list "Maximum transmitter power".
      3. Click "Apply" to save your settings.

4 Enabling or refreshing the auto channel

If the auto channel is enabled, the FRITZ!Box checks the wireless LAN location and automatically selects the optimum wireless channel settings. However, the allocation of the frequency bands can change significantly over the course of the day. The FRITZ!Box does not refresh the auto channel as long as wireless devices are still connected with it. You can therefore manually refresh the auto channel at any time:

Note:All wireless connections to the FRITZ!Box are cleared and then automatically re-established when you enable or refresh the auto channel.

  1. Click "Wireless" ("WLAN") in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Radio Channel" in the "Wireless" ("WLAN") menu.
  3. Enable the option "Set radio channel settings automatically (recommended)".
  4. Click "Apply" to save the settings.
  5. Click the "Refresh Autochannel" button.

5 Identifying sources of interference

  1. Turn off all devices that could interfere with the wireless network, one after the other.

    Note:All devices that emit radio waves are possible sources of interference. These include other wireless devices, wireless speakers, Bluetooth devices, baby monitors or microwaves, for example.

  2. After you have turned off a device, check whether the wireless connection is still impaired.

Once you have identified a device that causes interference, you can either leave it turned off or try to avoid the interference by setting the channel manually or changing the frequency band.

6 Finding the ideal location for wireless devices

  • If possible, position the FRITZ!Box in a room that is centrally located.
  • Do not position the FRITZ!Box directly in the corner of a room.
  • Position the FRITZ!Box 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.
  • Position the FRITZ!Box as high in the room as possible, for example on a shelf.
  • Position the FRITZ!Box so that there are as few obstacles as possible between it and the other wireless devices. In particular, metallic objects or objects containing water (for example a refrigerator, houseplants) significantly reduce the quality of the wireless signal.
  • Position the FRITZ!Box so that it is away from other transmitters (for example microwaves, baby monitors, wireless speakers, Bluetooth devices).
  • For testing purposes, position the FRITZ!Box and the wireless device as close as possible.

    Note:Once you have ruled out all other sources of error, you can increase the distance between the two devices again.

7 Changing the name of the wireless network (SSID)

If there are other wireless networks with the same name in the vicinity, wireless devices may automatically attempt to connect to the wrong wireless network. To avoid this, give your FRITZ!Box a unique name:

  1. Click "Wireless" ("WLAN") in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Radio Network" in the "Wireless" ("WLAN") menu.
  3. In the field "Name of the wireless radio network (SSID)," enter a name of your choice for the frequency band you are using that does not contain special characters.

    Important:Not all wireless devices support all special characters. Therefore, only use standard Latin letters (not letters such as ä, ë, ö, ü, á, é, í) and numbers in the wireless network name.

  4. Click "Apply" to save your settings.

When you apply the new wireless network name, all wireless connections to the FRITZ!Box are cleared. You must then reconfigure wireless connections to the FRITZ!Box.

8 Establishing a wireless connection to the 5 GHz frequency band

The FRITZ!Box provides a wireless network in the 2.4 GHz as well as the 5 GHz frequency band. The 5 GHz frequency band is subject to interference less frequently. Therefore, switch to this frequency band if your wireless devices support the 5 GHz frequency band:

Note:Not all wireless devices support the 5 GHz frequency band.
FRITZ!WLAN Stick AC 430, FRITZ!WLAN Stick AC 860 and FRITZ!WLAN Stick N (v2) support the 5 GHz frequency band.

  1. Click "Wireless" ("WLAN") in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Radio Network" in the "Wireless" ("WLAN") menu.
  3. Enable the option "Wireless radio network enabled" in the "5-GHz Frequency Band" section.
  4. Enter a different name in the field "Name of the wireless radio network (SSID)" so that you can distinguish the 5 GHz wireless network from the 2.4 GHz wireless network in the future.

    Important:Not all wireless devices support all special characters. Therefore, only use standard Latin letters (not letters such as ä, ë, ö, ü, á, é, í) and numbers in the wireless network name.

  5. Click "Apply" to save the settings.
  6. Establish a wireless connection to the FRITZ!Box wireless network with the name (SSID) that you assigned to the 5 GHz frequency band.

Now the FRITZ!Box is ideally configured and you will achieve the best possible wireless range between your wireless devices and the FRITZ!Box.

Note:If the previous measures did not succeed in sufficiently increasing the wireless range, you can use a FRITZ!WLAN Repeater to extend the FRITZ!Box's wireless network.