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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 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.
  • The existing Mesh Repeater has a LAN port.

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

1 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. Click "Apply" to save the settings.
  7. Use a network cable to connect the a port on the new FRITZ!Box either directly to a LAN port on the existing Mesh Repeater, or by means of a hub or switch.

2 Adding a FRITZ!Box to the Mesh

To add the new FRITZ!Box to the Mesh, you simply have to push a button on the new FRITZ!Box and the Mesh Master. Then the new FRITZ!Box is automatically integrated into the Mesh via the network connection to the Mesh Master:

  1. Push and hold down the connection button on the new FRITZ!Box (see table) until its "WLAN" LED flashes. Other LEDs may also flash.
  2. Within 2 minutes: Push and hold down the connection button on the Mesh Master until its confirmation LED (see table) lights up. Other LEDs may also light up.
    FRITZ!Box modelConnect buttonConfirmation LED
    FRITZ!Box 7590 (AX), 7530 (AX), 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 new FRITZ!Box with the Mesh symbol in the Mesh Overview.

3 Setting up telephony in the Mesh

If you also want to use the telephone numbers configured in the Mesh Master with telephones connected to the new FRITZ!Box: