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

1 Loading the Mesh Repeater's factory settings

In order to perform the following steps, the FRITZ!Box that you want to configure as the Mesh Repeater must be set to factory settings:

  1. Click "System" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Backup" in the "System" menu.
  3. Click on the "Factory Settings" tab.
  4. Click the "Load Factory Settings" button.

2 Connecting the Mesh Repeater to the Mesh Master via LAN

So that you can access the user interface of the FRITZ!Box and configure it, also follow these steps if you want to connect the Mesh Repeater to the available Mesh Repeater via Wi-Fi later:

  1. Use a network cable to connect a LAN port the FRITZ!Box that you want to set up as a Mesh Repeater to a LAN port on the Mesh Master.

    Important:Do not use the FRITZ!Box's WAN port. This is configured for connecting an external modem and can only be configured as an additional LAN port after the Mesh Repeater has been configured.

3 Adding the Mesh Repeater to the Mesh by button

  1. Push and hold down the Connect button on the Mesh Repeater (see table) until the 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, 6890, 6850, 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 Mesh Repeater with the Mesh symbol in the Mesh Overview.

Now the Mesh Repeater is configured as a LAN bridge. You can use the network cable to connect the Mesh Repeater to the available Mesh Repeater.

If you want to connect the Mesh Repeater to the available Mesh Repeater via Wi-Fi, leave the network cable connected to the Mesh Master and continue with the next section.

4 Setting up the Mesh Repeater as a wireless bridge

The following steps are only necessary if you want to use Wi-Fi to connect the Mesh Repeater to the available Mesh Repeater:

  1. Click "Home Network" in the user interface of the Mesh Repeater.
  2. Click "Mesh" in the "Home Network" menu.
  3. Click on the "Mesh Settings" tab.
  4. Enable the option "via Wi-Fi".
  5. In the table, select the Wi-Fi network of the available Mesh Repeater. If several entries are displayed for the Wi-Fi network, use the MAC address to select the appropriate entry.

    Note:You can find the MAC address of the available Mesh Repeater in its user interface under "Wi-Fi > Wi-Fi Network".

  6. Enter the network key of the available Mesh Repeater in the "Network key" field.
  7. Click "Apply" to save the settings.

Now the Mesh Repeater is configured as a wireless bridge. You can remove the network cable to the Mesh Master and use the Mesh Repeater at the desired location. You can find tips on positioning it in the guide Finding the ideal location for the Mesh Repeater.

5 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: