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Integrating FRITZ!Powerline into the Mesh via powerline

Integrate FRITZ!Powerline adapters into the Mesh of your FRITZ!Box via powerline to increase the Wi-Fi range of your home network easily and efficiently. The first FRITZ!Powerline adapter is connected to a LAN port on the FRITZ!Box (Mesh Master) using a network cable. As a Mesh Repeater, the second FRITZ!Powerline adapter automatically adopts all of the settings from the Mesh Master, such as Wi-Fi access information and guest access. In the Mesh, your wireless devices automatically connect to the wireless access point with the best Wi-Fi reception.

From then on, you can simply make changes in the Mesh in the Mesh Master. The Mesh Master automatically transmits the new settings to all of the Mesh Repeaters. If you still want to access the user interface of the Mesh Repeater, use the password from the Mesh Masters to log into the Mesh Repeater.

As soon as the FRITZ!Powerline adapter is integrated into the Mesh, it is marked in the user interface of the Mesh Master with the Mesh symbol :

Fig.: Mesh Overview with FRITZ!Powerline in powerline bridge mode

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

1 Loading the factory settings of the FRITZ!Powerline adapter

In order to perform the following steps, the second FRITZ!Powerline adapter that you want to add to the home network must be set to factory settings. If you bought FRITZ!Powerline in a set, perform these steps with the FRITZ!Powerline adapter with Wi-Fi support:

  1. Plug the FRITZ!Powerline adapter into a power outlet and wait until the "Power" LED or "WLAN" LED remains lit or the "Connect" LED starts flashing slowly.
  2. Push the corresponding button on the device:
    ModelButtonDuration
    FRITZ!Powerline 1260E / 1220Connect15 seconds
    FRITZ!Powerline 1240EWLAN - WPS
    Powerline - Security
    15 seconds
    FRITZ!Powerline 1220E / 1000EPowerline · Security10-15 seconds
    FRITZ!Powerline 546E / 540EWLAN · WPS und Powerline · Security10 seconds
    FRITZ!Powerline 530E / 510ESecurity12 seconds
    FRITZ!Powerline 520E / 500EReset2 seconds
  3. During this process, all of the LEDs flash once. The "Power" LED or "WLAN" LED remains lit or the "Connect" starts flashing slowly as soon as the factory settings have finished loading.

2 Adding the FRITZ!Powerline adapter to the Mesh

Connecting the FRITZ!Powerline adapter

  1. For setup, plug the FRITZ!Powerline adapters into power outlets near the Mesh Master.
  2. If you bought an individual FRITZ!Powerline adapter: For setup, connect the first, existing FRITZ!Powerline adapter directly to a LAN port on the Mesh Master.
    • If you bought FRITZ!Powerline as a set: Use a network cable to connect the FRITZ!Powerline adapter without Wi-Fi support to a LAN port on the Mesh Master.

Adding the second FRITZ!Powerline adapter to the Mesh by button

  1. Briefly push the connection button on the second FRITZ!Powerline adapter that is not connected to the LAN port on the Mesh Master (for about 1 second) and release it again. When you release the connection button, all of the LEDs on the FRITZ!Powerline adapter start to flash.
    FRITZ!Powerline modelConnection button
    FRITZ!Powerline 1260EConnect
    FRITZ!Powerline 1240EWLAN - WPS
    Powerline - Security
    FRITZ!Powerline 546E / 540EWLAN · WPS
  2. Within 2 minutes: Push and hold down the connection button on the Mesh Master until its confirmation LED lights up. Other LEDs may also light up.
    FRITZ!Box modelConnection buttonConfirmation LED
    FRITZ!Box 7590, 7530 AX, 7530, 7520, 6890, 6850, 6660, 5530Connect / 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 FRITZ!Powerline adapter with the Mesh symbol in the Mesh Overview.

3 Connecting the FRITZ!Powerline adapter with the home network

  1. Plug each of the FRITZ!Powerline adapters into a power outlet at the desired location. As soon as the "Powerline" LEDs on the FRITZ!Powerline adapters remain lit, the FRITZ!Powerline adapters are integrated into the Mesh.