FRITZ!Repeater 1200 - Knowledge Base

FRITZ!Repeater 1200

What is Mesh Wi-Fi steering and how does it work?

Mesh Wi-Fi steering automatically steers smartphones, tablets, or other wireless devices to the wireless access point with the best Wi-Fi reception and also to the most suitable frequency band. This way, Mesh WiFi steering not only optimizes the wireless connection of individual devices, it also optimizes the load of all wireless access points.

Mesh Master automatically triggers change to a different Wi-Fi network

In the Mesh, the FRITZ!Box continuously analyzes all of the Wi-Fi connections in its function as Mesh Master. As soon as the Mesh Master determines that a wireless device could establish a significantly better connection to the home network or guest network via another Mesh Repeater, it prompts the device to change to the other Wi-Fi network. Starting with FRITZ!OS 7.20, the Mesh Master also evaluates the connection type and the speed of different connection paths, and accounts for them when deciding which FRITZ! product to steer the wireless device to.

In contrast to Wi-Fi roaming, with Mesh Wi-Fi steering, the Mesh Master decides when it makes sense to change the Wi-Fi network, and not the wireless device itself. The decisive advantage of this is that the Mesh Master can better judge which wireless access point or which frequency band is ideal at a given moment because it has information about all of the wireless devices and their connections, including the load of the Mesh Repeaters. The wireless device cannot determine this information.

Requirements for Mesh Wi-Fi steering

Starting with FRITZ!OS 7.10, FRITZ!Boxes, FRITZ!Powerlines with Wi-Fi support, and FRITZ!Repeaters all support Mesh Wi-Fi steering. Mesh Wi-Fi Steering is already enabled in the factory settings. To take advantage of the benefits of Mesh Wi-Fi steering, FRITZ! products must be integrated into the Mesh and use the Wi-Fi settings of the Mesh Master. The wireless device must fully support the wireless standards 802.11k and 802.11v.

To use Mesh Wi-Fi steering, the Wi-Fi network names (SSIDs) of both frequency bands of the Mesh Master must be identical. If the Wi-Fi network names are different, give both of the frequency bands the same Wi-Fi network name. Then, enable the option "To improve data transmission, wireless devices can be switched automatically [...] in the Mesh" in the FRITZ!Box user interface under "Wi-Fi > Wi-Fi Channel" (or "Wireless > Radio Channel") in the section "Wi-Fi Channel Settings > Additional Settings" (or "Radio Channel Settings > Additional Settings").