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FRITZ!Powerline 540E Service
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Configuring FRITZ!Powerline as a LAN bridge

When FRITZ!Powerline is configured as a LAN bridge, it makes wireless access to your home network and Internet connection possible in places where the wireless network (WiFi) of your wireless router is not accessible, or if the router does not have wireless LAN capabilities. In addition, you can use a network cable to connect network devices without wireless capabilities (for example a media receiver for IPTV, game console) to FRITZ!Powerline, and therefore to your wireless router.
Since a network cable is used to connect FRITZ!Powerline and the wireless router, you do not need an additional powerline adapter with this connection type.

Fig.: Connection scenario for LAN bridge mode

Note:The configuration procedure and notes on functions given in this guide refer to the latest FRITZ!OS for FRITZ!Powerline.


  • FRITZ!Powerline is located somewhere where it can be connected directly to the FRITZ!Box by means of a network cable (for example over Ethernet cabling in your home).

1 Configuring a LAN bridge

Connecting FRITZ!Box to FRITZ!Powerline using a network cable

  • Use a network cable to connect FRITZ!Powerline to a LAN port on the FRITZ!Box.

Changing the connection type to LAN bridge

  1. Click "Access to Home Network" in the user interface of FRITZ!Powerline.
  2. Click the "Change type of connection" button in the "Access to Home Network" menu.
  3. Enable the option "LAN bridge" and click "Next".
  4. Select which IP settings FRITZ!Powerline should use and click "Next".
  5. Either accept the name of the wireless network (SSID), the encryption type, and the network key for FRITZ!Powerline, or enter your own name, for example "FRITZ!WLAN attic", and your own network key.

    ATTENTION!To ensure optimal security, use a long combination of at least 16 alphanumerical characters for the network key.

    Note:If you use the same wireless network name and identical wireless settings for FRITZ!Powerline and the FRITZ!Box, wireless devices can automatically connect to the device (FRITZ!Box or FRITZ!Powerline) with the strongest signal (roaming). Not all wireless devices support wireless roaming. Should you have questions, consult the manufacturer of the wireless device. All FRITZ!WLAN Sticks support wireless roaming.

  6. Click "Next" and then "Finish" to save your settings.

During the configuration procedure, if the FRITZ!Powerline user interface is not already protected by a password, it takes on the password (and user name, if applicable) of the FRITZ!Box user interface if FRITZ!OS 6.30 or later is installed on FRITZ!Powerline and the FRITZ!Box.

The powerline adapters in the network are now displayed on the "Overview" page of the user interface of FRITZ!Powerline in the "Network" section.

2 Connecting a network device to FRITZ!Powerline

Network devices can be connected to FRITZ!Powerline either by means of a network cable or over wireless LAN:

Connecting a network device to FRITZ!Powerline with a network cable

  • Use a network cable to connect the network device to a LAN port on FRITZ!Powerline.

Connecting a network device to FRITZ!Powerline over wireless LAN