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FRITZ!Powerline 1260E Service

Changing FRITZ!Powerline's Wi-Fi settings

The FRITZ!Powerline adapter automatically adopts the Wi-Fi network name (SSID) and Wi-Fi network key of the FRITZ!Box (or another router) during setup in order to allow devices in the home network to quickly switch Wi-Fi networks (Wi-Fi roaming). When used in a Mesh with a FRITZ!Box, the FRITZ!Powerline adapter also adopts all of the other Wi-Fi settings, automatically adjusts them when the Mesh Master's settings are changed, and allows the devices to use Mesh Wi-Fi steering.

If necessary, you can also configure the FRITZ!Powerline adapter's Wi-Fi settings according to your individual needs.

Note:All instructions on configuration and settings given in this guide refer to the latest FRITZ!OS for the FRITZ!Powerline adapter.

1 Disabling the adoption of settings from the Mesh

When used in a Mesh, you must first disable the adoption of settings in the FRITZ!Powerline adapter:

2 Changing the name of the Wi-Fi network (SSID)

  1. Click "Wireless" ("WLAN") in the user interface of FRITZ!Powerline.
  2. Click "Radio Network" in the "Wireless" ("WLAN") menu.
  3. Enter a unique name in the field "Name of the wireless radio network (SSID)".
  4. If you want to use different Wi-Fi network names for the 2.4 GHz and the 5 GHz frequency bands, enable the option "Different names for the radio network on 2.4 and 5 GHz" and enter unique names in both fields.

    Important:We recommend using the same name for both frequency bands so that wireless devices can be automatically steered to the most suitable frequency band (Mesh Wi-Fi steering).

  5. Click "Apply" to save the settings.
  6. Reconfigure the Wi-Fi connection to the FRITZ!Powerline adapter.

3 Enabling the MAC address filter

  1. Click "Wireless" ("WLAN") in the user interface of FRITZ!Powerline.
  2. Click "Security" in the "Wireless" ("WLAN") menu.
  3. Click on the "Encryption" tab.
  4. Enable the option "Do not allow any new wireless devices" in the "Restricting wireless LAN access" section.
  5. Click "Apply" to save the settings.

Now only wireless devices entered in the list under "Restricting wireless LAN access" can connect to the FRITZ!Powerline Adapter's Wi-Fi network. If you want to connect a new wireless device with the FRITZ!Powerline adapter, briefly disable the MAC address filter and do not re-enable it until the new wireless device has been connected with the FRITZ!Powerline adapter. The MAC address of the new wireless device will then be automatically added to the MAC address filter.

4 Setting up a Wi-Fi schedule

You can set up an individual schedule in the FRITZ!Powerline adapter if you want to switch off its Wi-Fi network and the FRITZ!Box's Wi-Fi network at different times:

Note:The schedule is applied regardless of whether you already switched the Wi-Fi network on or off manually. You can use the button on the FRITZ!Powerline adapter to enable the Wi-Fi network at any time.

  1. Click "Wireless" ("WLAN") in the user interface of FRITZ!Powerline.
  2. Click "Schedule" in the "Wireless" ("WLAN") menu.
  3. Enable the option "Use schedule for wireless radio network".
  4. Disable the option "Adopt scheduling settings from the FRITZ!Box" and define when the Wi-Fi network should be switched off.
  5. Click "Apply" to save the settings.