FRITZ!Box 7581 Service - Knowledge Base

FRITZ!Box 7581 Service

Does the FRITZ!Box support the WDS method?

The FRITZ!Box does not support the WDS (Wireless Distribution System) method. The trade association Wi-Fi Alliance stopped the development of WDS over 10 years ago. The WDS specification was therefore never adapted to the latest wireless standards for security and speed such as WPA2 and wireless LAN 802.11n.

WDS connections were intended to be established using the obsolete and insecure WEP encryption method. However, WEP encryption may no longer be used with the new wireless standard 802.11ac.

Note:You can use a FRITZ!WLAN Repeater to increase the FRITZ!Box's wireless range; this does not require the WDS procedure.