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FRITZ!Repeater 310 Service

Wi-Fi range is too low

The range of the Wi-Fi connection to the FRITZ!Repeater or the range of the Wi-Fi connection between the FRITZ!Repeater and the wireless router (for example a FRITZ!Box) is low. Even at a short distance, web pages load slowly, files take a long time to download, and video streams are not played correctly, for example.

Simply proceed as described below. After each measure, check whether the problem is solved.

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

1 Updating FRITZ!OS and Wi-Fi software

Updates contain improvements, bug fixes, and new functions. Therefore, install the latest FRITZ!OS or software version on all of the devices:

Installing the latest FRITZ!OS for the FRITZ!Repeater

  1. Install the latest FRITZ!OS on the FRITZ!Repeater.

Installing the latest software for the wireless router

  1. Install the latest software for your wireless router according to the manufacturer's instructions. If you are using a FRITZ!Box as a wireless repeater, proceed as described in the guide Updating FRITZ!OS.

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.

2 Optimizing the Wi-Fi settings of the wireless router

Configuring the FRITZ!Box

The following steps are only necessary if you are using a FRITZ!Box as the wireless router and you adjusted the Wi-Fi settings of the FRITZ!Box:

Note:In the factory settings, the FRITZ!Box already uses the ideal Wi-Fi settings, evaluates the Wi-Fi environment and the quality of the connection of the wireless devices connected to it, automatically selects the current ideal Wi-Fi channel settings, and steers wireless devices to whichever frequency band is best.

  1. Click "Wireless" ("WLAN") in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Radio Channel" in the "Wireless" ("WLAN") menu.
  3. Enable the option "Set radio channel settings automatically (recommended)". This way, the FRITZ!Box evaluates the Wi-Fi environment and the quality of the connection of the wireless devices connected to it on a regular basis and then automatically selects the current ideal Wi-Fi channel settings.
  4. Click "Apply" to save the settings. Now Wi-Fi connections to the FRITZ!Box are briefly cleared and then automatically re-established.
  5. Click "Radio Network" in the "Wireless" ("WLAN") menu.
  6. Enable the option "Name of the wireless radio network visible". This way, all wireless devices can establish a connection to the FRITZ!Box and the FRITZ!Box can optimally control the wireless devices in the Mesh ("Mesh Wi-Fi Steering").
  7. If the option "Different names for the radio network on 2.4 and 5 GHz" is displayed, disable this option. This way, the FRITZ!Box uses the same name for the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands and can steer wireless devices into the frequency band that is ideal in the given situation ("band steering").
  8. Click "Apply" to save the settings. If the wireless devices were only connected to the 5 GHz frequency band with a different name, you must then reconfigure the wireless connection to that frequency band.

Configuring the wireless router

The following steps are only necessary if you are using a wireless router from another manufacturer:

Note:Information on how to set up the wireless router can be obtained from its manufacturer, for example refer to the manual.

  1. If the wireless router can provide the 2.4 GHz and the 5 GHz frequency bands at the same time:
    1. Enable the 2.4 GHz and the 5 GHz frequency band on the wireless router:
    2. If the wireless router can automatically steer the wireless devices connected to it into the ideal frequency band ("band steering"), enable the corresponding option.
    3. If the wireless router offers an option "Zero Wait DFS", "Always on DFS", or a similar option for uninterrupted use of the 5 GHz frequency band, enable it. This allows the wireless router's 5 GHz frequency band to be used even while the Wi-Fi environment is being checked for radar systems (for example for weather service, air traffic control, and the military).
  2. In the wireless router, configure channels in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands with as little interference as possible. If you can configure the wireless router so that it automatically selects the best Wi-Fi channel settings, enable this option.
  3. Configure the wireless router so that its Wi-Fi is transmitted at full power.
  4. Give the wireless router a unique Wi-Fi network name (SSID). This prevents your wireless devices from trying to connect to the wrong wireless router if there are Wi-Fi networks in the area with the same name.

    Note:All Wi-Fi connections are cleared when you change the Wi-Fi network name. You must then reconfigure the Wi-Fi connections.

3 Optimizing the Mesh settings

The following steps are only necessary if you are using a FRITZ!Box with FRITZ!OS 7 or later as the wireless router:

Checking whether the FRITZ!Repeater is integrated into the Mesh

  1. Click "Home Network" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click on "Mesh Networking" in the "Home Network" menu.
  3. If the FRITZ!Repeater is not marked with the Mesh symbol in the Mesh overview, follow the steps given in the guide FRITZ!Repeater is not marked with Mesh symbol.

Enabling the adoption of Mesh settings

  1. Click "Access to Home Network" in the user interface of the FRITZ!Repeater.
  2. Enable the option "Adopt settings enabled".
  3. Click "Apply" to save the settings.

4 Optimizing the position

Finding the ideal location for the wireless router

  1. If possible, place the wireless router in a central location.
  2. Do not place the wireless router directly in the corner of a room.
  3. Position the wireless router so that it is as unobstructed as possible, i.e. not directly in back of or under an obstacle such as pieces of furniture or a heater.
  4. Place the wireless router as high in the room as possible, for example on a shelf.
  5. Place the wireless router so that there are as few obstacles as possible between it and other wireless devices. Especially metallic objects or objects containing water, for example radiators, refrigerators, or even houseplants, significantly reduce the quality of the wireless signal.
  6. Place the wireless router away from other radio transmitters, for example microwaves, wireless speakers, or Bluetooth devices.

Finding the ideal location for the FRITZ!Repeater

  1. Position the FRITZ!Repeater so that at least three of its five signal strength LEDs light up. You can find tips on positioning it in the guide Finding the ideal location for FRITZ!Repeater.

Now the FRITZ!Repeater and the wireless router are ideally configured. If the range of the Wi-Fi connections of individual wireless devices is still low, the problem lies with the respective devices. The manufacturer of the wireless devices may be able to give you some troubleshooting tips.