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What is Mesh Wi-Fi steering and how does it work?

Mesh Wi-Fi steering automatically steers smartphones, tablets, or other wireless devices to the wireless access point with the best Wi-Fi reception and also to the most suitable frequency band. As a result, Mesh Wi-Fi steering not only optimizes the Wi-Fi connection of individual devices, but also the load on all wireless access points in the FRITZ! Mesh.

Mesh Master steers wireless devices to the best Wi-Fi network

As the Mesh Master, the FRITZ!Box continuously analyzes all of the Wi-Fi connections in the Mesh. As soon as the Mesh Master determines that a wireless device could establish a better wireless connection via a different wireless access point, it prompts the device to change to the other Wi-Fi network. In this case, the Mesh Master also takes the connection types of the individual Mesh Repeaters and the speed of the different connection paths into account.

In contrast to Wi-Fi roaming, with Mesh Wi-Fi steering, the Mesh Master controls the change to a different Wi-Fi network and not the wireless device.

Requirements for Mesh Wi-Fi steering

In the factory settings, the FRITZ!Box is configured so that as the Mesh Master, it can steer wireless devices to a different wireless access point. This is not possible if other FRITZ! products were not correctly integrated into the Mesh. In this case you must optimize the Wi-Fi network of the FRITZ!Box.

In order for the wireless devices to be steered by the Mesh Master, the devices must support the wireless standards 802.11k and 802.11v:

  • The Mesh Master can seamlessly steer wireless devices that support the wireless standards 802.11k and 802.11v to a different wireless access point.
  • The Mesh Master cannot steer older wireless devices that do not support the wireless standards 802.11k and 802.11v to a different wireless access point.

Note:The FRITZ!Box displays wireless devices that support the standards 802.11k and 802.11v under "Wi-Fi > Wi-Fi Network > Known Wireless Devices" ("Wireless > Radio Network > Known Wireless LAN Devices") with the properties "11k" und "11v".