FRITZ!Box 7581 Service - Knowledge Base
Does the FRITZ!Box support the WDS procedure?
The FRITZ!Box does not support the WDS (Wireless Distribution System) procedure. The trade association Wi-Fi Alliance discontinued further development of WDS more than 10 years ago. The WDS specification was therefore never modified in order to take the latest wireless standards for security and speed such as WPA2 and WLAN 802.11n into account.
WDS connections were established using the obsolete and non-secure WEP encryption method. However, as a rule, WEP encryption cannot be used with the new wireless standard 802.11ac.
Note:You can use a FRITZ!WLAN Repeater to increase the wireless range; this does not require the WDS procedure.