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FRITZ!Repeater 1200

Connecting the FRITZ!Repeater with the Mesh Repeater (cascading)

You want to connect an additional FRITZ!Repeater to an existing FRITZ!Repeater? ✔ Find out how to cascade them here.

You can cascade several Mesh Repeaters in the Mesh. This type of cascading makes it possible for you to extend your home network in a specific direction beyond the Wi-Fi range of a Mesh Repeater.

This means that not only can you connect your FRITZ!Repeater with the FRITZ!Box (Mesh Master), you can also connect it with an already existing Mesh Repeater. It does not matter whether the Mesh Repeater is another FRITZ!Repeater, a FRITZ!Box, or a FRITZ!Powerline adapter.

In this guide we show you how to connect your new FRITZ!Repeater with an already existing Mesh Repeater.

Fig.: Example of Wi-Fi cascading with two FRITZ!Repeaters

Requirements / Restrictions

  • The existing Mesh Repeater is connected with the Mesh Master and is marked with the Mesh symbol in the Mesh overview.

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

1 Loading the FRITZ!Repeater's factory settings

In order to perform the following steps, the new FRITZ!Repeater must be set to factory settings:

  1. Push and hold down the "Connect" button for 10-15 seconds.
  2. The LED now indicates by alternately flashing and lighting up that the factory settings are being loaded and that the FRITZ!Repeater will be restarted. This process may take several minutes.
  3. The LED flashes continuously for at least 1 minute as soon as the factory settings have finished loading.

2 Connecting the FRITZ!Repeater with the existing Mesh Repeater

  1. For setup, plug the new FRITZ!Repeater into a power outlet near the existing Mesh Repeater. Now the new FRITZ!Repeater starts. During this time, the LED flashes rapidly.
  2. Wait about 1 minute until the new FRITZ!Repeater has started and the LED flashes slower.
  3. Briefly push the "Connect" button on the new FRITZ!Repeater (for about 1 second) and let go of it again. When you release the button, the LED starts to flash.
  4. Within 2 minutes: Push and hold down the connect button on the existing Mesh Repeater for the time indicated in the table:
    Mesh RepeaterConnect buttonDuration
    FRITZ!Box 7590, 7530, 6890, 6660, 6591, 6590Connect / WPSabout 1 second
    FRITZ!Box 7490, 7430, 6490WLAN WPSabout 6 seconds
    FRITZ!Box 7560WLANabout 6 seconds
    FRITZ!Box 7583, 7582, 7581, 4040, 4020, 3490WPSabout 1 second
    FRITZ!RepeaterConnect or WPSabout 1 second
    FRITZ!Powerline 1260EConnectabout 1 second
    FRITZ!Powerline 1240EWLAN - WPS
    Powerline - Security
    about 1 second
    FRITZ!Powerline 546E, 540EWLAN · WPSabout 1 second
  5. The LED on the new FRITZ!Repeater remains lit as soon as the Wi-Fi connection is established.

3 Adding a FRITZ!Repeater to the Mesh

  1. Briefly push the "Connect" button on the new FRITZ!Repeater (for about 1 second) and let go of it again. When you release the button, the LED starts to flash quickly.
  2. Within 2 minutes: Push and hold down the connect button on the Mesh Master until its confirmation LED lights up. Other LEDs may also light up:
    FRITZ!Box modelConnect buttonConfirmation LED
    FRITZ!Box 7590, 7530, 6890, 6850, 6660Connect / WPSConnect / WPS
    FRITZ!Box 6591, 6590Connect / WPSWLAN / DECT
    FRITZ!Box 7490, 7430, 5491, 5490WLAN WPSWLAN / Info
    FRITZ!Box 6490WLAN WPSWLAN / DECT
    FRITZ!Box 7560WLANWLAN / DECT
    FRITZ!Box 7583, 7582, 7581WPSWLAN / Info
    FRITZ!Box 6820, 4040, 4020, 3490WPSWLAN
  3. The FRITZ!Repeater is fully integrated into the Mesh about 5 seconds after the LED on the new FRITZ!Repeater glows green.

4 Finding the ideal location for the FRITZ!Repeater

To extend the range as much as possible, the new FRITZ!Repeater requires a fast and stable Wi-Fi connection to the existing Mesh Repeater:

  1. Position the FRITZ!Repeater so that the LED glows green and not orange. You can find tips on positioning it in the guide Finding the ideal location for FRITZ!Repeater.