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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.: Connection scenario for wireless bridge mode using a different repeater (cascading)

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!Box.

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:

2 Connecting the FRITZ!Repeater with the existing Mesh Repeater

  1. For setup, place the new FRITZ!Repeater near the existing Mesh Repeater.
  2. Wait about 1 minute until the Connect LED on the new FRITZ!Repeater flashes more slowly or the Power LED and WLAN LED on the new FRITZ!Repeater remain lit.
  3. Briefly push the Connect or WPS button on the new FRITZ!Repeater (for about 1 second) and release it again. When you release the button, the Connect LED starts to flash quickly or the WLAN 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 6690, 4060 Connect about 1 second
    FRITZ!Box 7590 (AX), 7530 (AX), 7520, 7510, 6890, 6660, 6591, 6590 Connect / WPS about 1 second
    FRITZ!Box 7490, 7430, 6490 WLAN WPS about 6 seconds
    FRITZ!Box 7560, 7362 SL WLAN about 6 seconds
    FRITZ!Box 7583, 7582, 7581, 7580, 4040, 4020, 3490 WPS about 1 second
    FRITZ!Repeater Connect or WPS about 1 second
    FRITZ!Powerline 1260E Connect about 1 second
    FRITZ!Powerline 1240E WLAN - WPS
    Powerline - Security
    about 1 second
    FRITZ!Powerline 546E, 540E WLAN · WPS about 1 second
  5. The LED for connection quality glows green or one or more of the signal strength LEDs on the new FRITZ!Repeater's remain lit as soon as the Wi-Fi connection is established.

3 Adding a FRITZ!Repeater to the Mesh

  1. Briefly push the Connect or WPS button on the new FRITZ!Repeater (for about 1 second) and release it again. When you release the button, the Connect LED starts to flash quickly or the WLAN LED starts to flash.
  2. Within 2 minutes: Push and hold down the Connect button on the Mesh Master for about 1 second until the Connect LED flashes.
  3. The FRITZ!Repeater is fully integrated into the Mesh about 5 seconds after the LED for connection quality glows green or one or more signal strength LEDs on the new FRITZ!Repeater remain lit.

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, depending on the model, at least three of its five signal strength LEDs light up or the LED for connection quality glows green and not orange. You can find tips on positioning it in the guide Finding the ideal location for the Mesh Repeater.