How to achieve the best WiFi performance

Setting up the FRITZ!Box as a Mesh Repeater

You can set up your FRITZ!Box for use as a Mesh Repeater and use Wi-Fi or a network cable to integrate it into the Mesh of your FRITZ!Box with internet access (Mesh Master) to increase the range of your home network easily and efficiently.

As a Mesh Repeater, the FRITZ!Box automatically adopts all of the necessary settings from the Mesh Master (for example Wi-Fi access information, guest access, schedule) and creates an additional Wi-Fi network that enables your devices to connect to the home network. In addition, the telephone numbers entered in the Mesh Master can be activated for the Mesh Repeater and used by telephone devices configured in it.

As soon as the Mesh Repeater is integrated into the Mesh, it is marked with the Mesh symbol in the user interface of the Mesh Master:

Fig.: Mesh overview of the Mesh Master with FRITZ!Box as a Mesh Repeater

Requirements / Restrictions

1 Setting up the FRITZ!Box as a Mesh Repeater

Connecting the FRITZ!Box

  1. Use Wi-Fi or a network cable to connect a computer to the FRITZ!Box that you want to set up as the Mesh Repeater.
  2. If the computer is already connected to the Mesh Master, clear that connection.

Configuring the FRITZ!Box

  1. Click "Home Network" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click on "Mesh" in the "Home Network" menu.
  3. Click on the "Mesh Settings" tab.
  4. Enable the option "FRITZ!Box as a Mesh Repeater".
  5. Enable the option "This FRITZ!Box is a network device (IP client) in the home network [...]".
  6. If you want to use a network cable to connect the FRITZ!Box to the Mesh Master:
    1. Enable the option "via LAN".
    2. Click "Apply" to save the settings.
    3. Use a network cable to connect a LAN port on the FRITZ!Box either directly to a LAN port on the Mesh Master, or by means of a hub or switch.
    • If you want to use Wi-Fi to connect the FRITZ!Box to the Mesh Master:
      1. Enable the option "via Wi-Fi".
      2. In the table, select the Wi-Fi network of the Mesh Master.
      3. Enter the Mesh Master's network key in the "Network key" field.
      4. Click "Apply" to save the settings.

2 Adding the Mesh repeater to the Mesh by button

  1. Push and hold down the connect button on the Mesh Repeater (see table) until its "WLAN" LED flashes. Other LEDs may also flash.
  2. Within 2 minutes: Push and hold down the connect button on the Mesh Master until its confirmation LED (see table) lights up. Other LEDs may also light up.
    FRITZ!Box modelConnect buttonConfirmation LED
    FRITZ!Box 7590, 7530, 7520, 6890, 6850, 6660Connect / WPSConnect / WPS
    FRITZ!Box 6591, 6590Connect / WPSWLAN / DECT
    FRITZ!Box 7490, 7430, 5491, 5490WLAN WPSWLAN / Info
    FRITZ!Box 6490, 6430WLAN WPSWLAN / DECT
    FRITZ!Box 7560, 7362 SLWLANWLAN / DECT
    FRITZ!Box 7583, 7582, 7581, 7580WPSWLAN / Info
    FRITZ!Box 6820, 4040, 4020, 3490WPSWLAN
  3. The process is complete as soon as the Mesh Master marks the Mesh Repeater with the Mesh symbol in the Mesh overview.

3 Setting up telephony in the Mesh

If you also want to use the telephone numbers configured in the Mesh Master with telephones connected to the Mesh Repeater:

  1. Click on "Home Network" in the user interface of the Mesh Master.
  2. Click on "Mesh" in the "Home Network" menu.
  3. Click on the "Mesh Settings" tab.
  4. In the section "Using Telephony in the Mesh", click the "Share" link next to the respective Mesh Repeater and on the Mesh Master, confirm that the procedure may be executed if asked to do so.