Recommend:
To the knowledge base

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

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!Box 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!Box, a FRITZ!Repeater, or a FRITZ!Powerline adapter.

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

Fig.: Example of Wi-Fi cascading with FRITZ!Repeater and FRITZ!Box

Requirements / Restrictions

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

Note:This guide is valid for FRITZ!OS 7.28 or later. If you are using an earlier FRITZ!OS version, the configuration may differ or functions may not be available. You can find the FRITZ!OS version on the "Overview" page of the FRITZ!Box user interface.

1 Determining the ideal arrangement of the Mesh Repeaters

To ensure that the data is transported quickly to the Mesh Master without bottlenecks, arrange the Mesh Repeaters in descending order in the cascade according to their respective performance features. The most powerful Mesh Repeater is connected to the FRITZ!Box and the least powerful Mesh Repeater is used at the end of the cascade.

The most powerful repeaters are tri-band repeaters (for example FRITZ!Repeater 6000, FRITZ!Box 4060). Dual-band repeaters (for example FRITZ!Repeater 2400, FRITZ!Powerline 1260E) are almost as powerful, and the least powerful repeaters are single-band repeaters (for example FRITZ!Repeater 600, FRITZ!Powerline 1240E).

If the Mesh Repeater has a LAN port and your house is wired, we recommend using a network cable to establish the connection. Since connections via network cable, unlike Wi-Fi connections, are not subject to interference, data is always transported with the maximum data rate.

2 Determining the MAC address of the existing Mesh Repeater

  1. Click "Wi-Fi" ("Wireless") in the user interface of the Mesh Repeater.
  2. Click "Wi-Fi Network" ("Radio Network") in the "Wi-Fi" ("Wireless") menu.
  3. The MAC address is listed in the section "Active Frequency Bands".

3 Connecting the FRITZ!Box with the existing 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 integrate into the Mesh for the first time.
  2. If the computer is already connected to another device in the home network, clear that connection.

Configuring the FRITZ!Box

  1. Click "Home Network" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "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 new FRITZ!Box to the existing Mesh Repeater:
    1. Enable the option "via LAN".
    2. Click "Apply" to save the settings.
    3. Use a network cable to connect the LAN port on the new FRITZ!Box either directly to a LAN port on the Mesh Repeater, or by means of a hub or switch.
    • If you want to use Wi-Fi to connect the new FRITZ!Box to the existing Mesh Repeater:
      1. Enable the option "via Wi-Fi".
      2. In the table, use the MAC address to select the Wi-Fi network of the Mesh Repeater.
      3. Enter the Mesh Repeater's network key in the "Network key" field.
      4. Click "Apply" to save the settings.

4 Adding a FRITZ!Box to the Mesh

You must push a button to add the device to the Mesh. It does not matter whether you push the button on the Mesh Master or the Mesh Repeater first. We recommend the following order:

  1. Push and hold down the Connect button of the new FRITZ!Box (see table) until its Connect LED flashes. Other LEDs may also flash.
  2. Within 2 minutes: Push and hold down the Connect button on the Mesh Master until the Connect LED (see table) lights up. Other LEDs may also light up.
    FRITZ!Box modelConnect buttonConnect LED
    FRITZ!Box 6690, 4060 Connect Connect
    FRITZ!Box 7590 (AX), 7530 (AX), 7520, 7510, 6890, 6850, 6660, 5590, 5530 Connect / WPS Connect / WPS
    FRITZ!Box 6591, 6590 Connect / WPS WLAN / DECT
    FRITZ!Box 7490, 7430, 5491, 5490 WLAN WPS WLAN / Info
    FRITZ!Box 6490, 6430 WLAN WPS WLAN / DECT
    FRITZ!Box 7560, 7362 SL WLAN WLAN / DECT
    FRITZ!Box 7583, 7582, 7581, 7580 WPS WLAN / Info
    FRITZ!Box 6820, 4040, 4020, 3490 WPS WLAN
  3. The process is complete as soon as the Mesh Master marks the new FRITZ!Box with the Mesh symbol in the Mesh Overview.

5 Transmitting cable TV content (DVB-C) to the Mesh

If you want to transmit your cable provider's cable TV content to the home network as an IP stream, configure television reception in the FRITZ!Box:

  1. Configure the FRITZ!Box Cable for television reception via DVB-C.

6 Setting up telephony in the Mesh

You can always set up IP telephones as telephone devices in the Mesh Master, even if the telephones are connected to the Mesh Repeater. If you also use different telephones connected to the Mesh Repeater:

7 Finding the ideal location for the FRITZ!Box

If the new FRITZ!Box is connected to the existing Mesh Repeater via Wi-Fi:

  1. Select a location for the FRITZ!Box where the quality of the Mesh Repeater's Wi-Fi signal is good. You can find tips on positioning it in the guide Finding the ideal location for the Mesh Repeater.