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Integrating FRITZ!Powerline into the Mesh via powerline

Integrate FRITZ!Powerline 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 device is connected to a LAN port on the FRITZ!Box (Mesh Master) using a network cable. As a Mesh Repeater, the second FRITZ!Powerline device 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.

Changes in the Mesh can then be easily made 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 device is integrated into the Mesh, it is marked with the Mesh symbol in the user interface of the Mesh Master:

Mesh Overview with FRITZ!Powerline devices 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 device

To perform the following steps, the second FRITZ!Powerline device 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 device with Wi-Fi support:

  1. Plug the FRITZ!Powerline device into an outlet and wait until the Power LED or WLAN LED remains lit or the Connect LED flashes slowly.
  2. Push the corresponding button on the device:
    ModelButtonDuration
    FRITZ!Powerline 1260(E) / 1240 AX Connect 15 seconds
    FRITZ!Powerline 1220 / 1210 Connect 10-15 seconds
    FRITZ!Powerline 1240E WLAN - WPS
    Powerline - Security
    15 seconds
    FRITZ!Powerline 1220E / 1000E Powerline · Security 10-15 seconds
    FRITZ!Powerline 546E / 540E WLAN · WPS und Powerline · Security 10 seconds
    FRITZ!Powerline 530E / 510E Security 12 seconds
    FRITZ!Powerline 520E / 500E Reset 2 seconds
  3. During this process, all of the LEDs flash once. The Power LED or WLAN LED remains lit or the Connect LED flashes slowly as soon as the factory settings have finished loading.

2 Adding FRITZ!Powerline devices to the Mesh

When it is added to the Mesh, the new powerline device is automatically added to the powerline network. For this, a FRITZ!Powerline device must be connected to the FRITZ!Box via a network cable and the new FRITZ!Powerline device must be set up near the existing FRITZ!Powerline device:

Connecting FRITZ!Powerline devices

  1. For setup, plug both of the FRITZ!Powerline devices into outlets near the Mesh Master.
  2. If you bought a single FRITZ!Powerline device: For setup, connect the first FRITZ!Powerline device you already had to a LAN port on the Mesh Master.
  3. If you bought FRITZ!Powerline as a set: Use a network cable to connect the FRITZ!Powerline device without Wi-Fi support to a LAN port on the Mesh Master.

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

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. Briefly push the Connect button (see table) on the second FRITZ!Powerline device that is not connected to the LAN port on the Mesh Master (for about 1 second) and release it again. When you release the button, all of the LEDs on the FRITZ!Powerline device start to flash.
    FRITZ!Powerline modelConnect button
    FRITZ!Powerline 1260(E) / 1240 AX Connect
    FRITZ!Powerline 1240E WLAN - WPS
    Powerline - Security
    FRITZ!Powerline 546E / 540E WLAN · WPS
  2. Within 2 minutes: Push and hold down the Connect button on the Mesh Master until the Connect LED lights up. Other LEDs may also light up.
    FRITZ!Box modelConnect buttonConnect LED
    FRITZ!Box 7690, 7590, 7530 AX, 7530, 7520, 6890, 6850, 6670, 6660, 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 FRITZ!Powerline device with the Mesh symbol in the Mesh Overview.

3 Connecting the FRITZ!Powerline device with the home network

  1. Plug each of the FRITZ!Powerline devices into an outlet at the desired location. As soon as the Powerline LEDs on the FRITZ!Powerline devices remain lit, the powerline devices are integrated into the Mesh.
  1. Plug the new FRITZ!Powerline device with Wi-Fi support into an outlet at the desired location. The Powerline LED on the FRITZ!Powerline device remains lit as soon as the powerline device is connected to the home network.