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FRITZ!Powerline 546E Service

Wireless device cannot establish a connection to FRITZ!Powerline

A notebook, smartphone, or other wireless device cannot establish a Wi-Fi connection to the FRITZ!Powerline adapter.

To resolve the problem, simply proceed as described below.

1 Wireless network is not found

  1. If the FRITZ!Powerline adapter's Wi-Fi network is not found, follow the steps in our guide FRITZ!Powerline's Wi-Fi network cannot be found.
    • Here is how to check whether the Wi-Fi network is found:
    • Windows 10

      1. Click (Start) and then (Settings) in the Windows task bar.
      2. Click "Network and Internet" and then "Wi-Fi" in the "Settings" menu.
      3. Check whether the name of the Wi-Fi network (SSID) of your FRITZ!Powerline adapter is displayed in the list of available connections.
    • Windows 8

      1. Press the keyboard shortcut Windows key + C.
        • The Windows sidebar now opens.
      2. Click "Settings" and then the wireless symbol in the Windows sidebar.
      3. Check whether the name of the Wi-Fi network (SSID) of your FRITZ!Powerline adapter is displayed in the list of available connections.
    • Windows 7

      1. Click the wireless symbol in the notification area of the Windows taskbar (Systray).
      2. Check whether the name of the Wi-Fi network (SSID) of your FRITZ!Powerline adapter is displayed in the list of available connections.
    • Apple macOS

      1. Click the wireless symbol in the menu bar in the upper corner of your screen (see figure).

        Fig.: No connection to a Wi-Fi network

      2. Check whether the name of the Wi-Fi network (SSID) of your FRITZ!Powerline adapter is displayed in the list of available connections.
    • Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)

      1. Tap "Settings" on the home screen.
      2. Tap "Wi-Fi" in the "Settings" menu.
      3. If Wi-Fi is switched off, tap the "On / Off" symbol.
      4. Check whether the name of the Wi-Fi network (SSID) of your FRITZ!Powerline adapter is displayed in the list of available connections.
    • Android (for example Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy)

      1. Tap the "Settings" icon on the home screen of the Android device.
      2. Tap "Wi-Fi" in the "Settings" menu.
      3. If Wi-Fi is switched off, tap the "OFF" symbol next to the "Wi-Fi" option to enable wireless LAN.
      4. Check whether the name of the Wi-Fi network (SSID) of your FRITZ!Powerline adapter is displayed in the list of available connections.
    • Linux and other operating systems or devices (for example NAS systems, network printers)

      1. Use the wireless device to search for Wi-Fi networks in the vicinity.
      2. Check whether the name of the Wi-Fi network (SSID) of your FRITZ!Powerline adapter is displayed in the list of available connections.

2 Installing the latest software for the wireless devices

New software versions include adjustments for new Wi-Fi standards and bug fixes. Therefore, install the latest software on all of the wireless devices:

Installing the latest FRITZ!OS for the FRITZ!Powerline adapter

  1. Install the latest FRITZ!OS on the FRITZ!Powerline adapter.

Installing the latest software for the wireless device

  1. Install the latest software version for the wireless device (for example Android, iOS) or the latest driver for the computer's wireless network adapter (for example using Windows Update).

    Note:Information on the update can be obtained from the device's manufacturer, for example refer to the manual. You can find the latest drivers for the FRITZ!WLAN Sticks in our download area.

3 Optimizing the FRITZ!Powerline adapter's Wi-Fi settings

Optimize the Wi-Fi settings of the FRITZ!Powerline adapter to avoid unfavorable configurations that would affect setting up the Wi-Fi connection.

The following steps are only necessary if the wireless device does not support setting up Wi-Fi connections at the push of a button (WPS PBC - Push Button Configuration) and you therefore have to set up the Wi-Fi connection manually:

Note:WPS is supported by computers with Windows 10 / 8 / 7, current Intel wireless network adapters, many media players, and wireless music systems, for example. Information on whether a device supports WPS can be obtained from the manufacturer of the device, for example consult the manual.

Preparations

  1. Use a network cable to connect a computer to a LAN port on the FRITZ!Powerline adapter so you can open the user interface.

Disabling the MAC address filter

  1. Click "Wireless" ("WLAN") in the user interface of FRITZ!Powerline.
  2. Click "Security" in the "Wireless" ("WLAN") menu.
  3. Enable the option "Allow all new wireless devices" and click "Apply".

All Wi-Fi connections to the FRITZ!Powerline adapter are cleared when the new Wi-Fi network name is adopted. You must then reconfigure the Wi-Fi connections to the FRITZ!Powerline adapter.

Enabling the wireless standard 802.11b

The following step is only necessary if the wireless device (for example a Fitbit wireless scale) only supports the obsolete wireless standard 802.11b:

Important:The wireless standard 802.11b is disabled in the FRITZ!Powerline adapter by default because the user data rate of all wireless devices in the 2.4 GHz frequency band is reduced when 802.11b support is enabled, even if none of the wireless devices are using this standard.

  1. Click "Wireless" ("WLAN") in the user interface of FRITZ!Powerline.
  2. Click "Radio Channel" in the "Wireless" ("WLAN") menu.
  3. Enable the option "Adjust radio channel settings".
  4. Click "Additional Settings".
  5. Select the standard "802.11n+g+b" from the "Wireless standard" drop-down list.
  6. Click "Apply" to save the settings.

4 Reconfiguring the Wi-Fi connection

In order to rule out incorrect configuration of the wireless device as a cause, delete the Wi-Fi connections to the FRITZ!Powerline adapter that are already configured in the wireless device and then reconfigure them:

Windows 10

  1. Click (Start) and then (Settings) in the Windows task bar.
  2. Click "Network & Internet" in the "Settings" menu.
  3. Click "Wi-Fi" and then "Manage known networks".
  4. Click on the connection with the Wi-Fi network name (SSID) of the FRITZ!Powerline adapter and then click "Forget".
  5. Reconfigure the Wi-Fi connection.

Windows 8

  1. Press the keyboard shortcut Windows key + C.
    • The Windows sidebar now opens.
  2. Click "Settings" and then the wireless symbol in the Windows sidebar.
  3. Right-click the connection with the Wi-Fi network name (SSID) of the FRITZ!Powerline adapter.
  4. Click "Forget this network".
  5. Reconfigure the Wi-Fi connection.

Windows 7

  1. In Windows, click "Start" and then "Control Panel".
  2. Select "Category" from the drop-down list "View by:" on the top right ().
  3. Click "Network and Internet" and then "Network and Sharing Center".
  4. On the left, click "Manage wireless networks".
  5. Right-click the connection with the Wi-Fi network name (SSID) of the FRITZ!Powerline adapter.
  6. Click "Remove network" and confirm with "OK".
  7. Reconfigure the Wi-Fi connection.

Apple macOS

  1. Open the Finder and click "Applications".
  2. Click "System Preferences" and "Network".
  3. Select the option "Wi-Fi" or "AirPort" in the left-hand window.
  4. Click "Advanced".
  5. In the "Wi-Fi" or "AirPort" view, select the connection with the Wi-Fi network name (SSID) of the FRITZ!Powerline adapter listed under "Preferred Networks" and click the minus sign.
  6. Confirm with "OK" and "Apply".
  7. Reconfigure the Wi-Fi connection.

Android (for example Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy)

  1. Tap the "Settings" icon on the home screen of the Android device.
  2. Tap "Wi-Fi" in the "Settings" menu.
  3. Tap the connection with the Wi-Fi network name (SSID) of the FRITZ!Powerline adapter.
  4. Tap "Forget".
  5. Reconfigure the Wi-Fi connection.

Linux and other operating systems or devices (for example NAS systems, network printers)

  1. Reconfigure the Wi-Fi connection.

    Note:You can find information on the procedure in the corresponding manual, or consult the manufacturer of the operating system or wireless device.