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Connecting FRITZ!Powerline to a router from another manufacturer over powerline

Connect FRITZ!Powerline adapters to your router via powerline to add an additional wireless access point to your home network quickly and easily. The first FRITZ!Powerline adapter is connected to a LAN port on the router using a network cable. The second FRITZ!Powerline adapter can be positioned further away from the router and is connected to the router over your home's wiring. This way you will have ideal Wi-Fi reception and high-speed connections to the internet and home network, even when outside the Wi-Fi range of your router.

If you use the same Wi-Fi settings in the FRITZ!Powerline adapter as in the router, your wireless devices automatically connect with the Wi-Fi network with the strongest signal (Wi-Fi roaming).

Fig.: Connection scenario for powerline bridge mode

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 an 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 1260(E) / 1220 Connect 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 starts flashing slowly as soon as the factory settings have finished loading.

2 Connecting FRITZ!Powerline adapters with each other

FRITZ!Powerline adapters from a set are already connected with each other and can be put into operation without configuring additional settings. If you purchased the FRITZ!Powerline adapters separately, you must connect the powerline adapters with each other first:

  1. Plug the FRITZ!Powerline adapter that you want to add to the powerline network into an outlet near a FRITZ!Powerline adapter that is already part of the powerline network.
  2. Wait until the FRITZ!Powerline adapter is ready for operation and the Connect LED starts flashing slowly or the Power LED or WLAN LED remains lit.
  3. Briefly push the Connect button (see table) on both FRITZ!Powerline adapters. You can push the button on whichever FRITZ!Powerline adapter you want first. The Powerline LED flashes when you release it. Depending on the FRITZ!Powerline model, several other LEDs flash at the same time.
    FRITZ!Powerline modelConnect button
    FRITZ!Powerline 1260(E) Connect
    FRITZ!Powerline 1240E WLAN - WPS
    Powerline - Security
    FRITZ!Powerline 1220 Connect
    FRITZ!Powerline 1220E / 1000E / 546E / 540E Powerline · Security
    FRITZ!Powerline 530E / 520E / 510E / 500E Security
  4. The process is completed and the FRITZ!Powerline adapters are connected with each other as soon as the Powerline LED remains lit.

3 Connecting the FRITZ!Powerline adapter to the router

  1. Connect the first FRITZ!Powerline adapter without Wi-Fi support to a LAN port on the router.

4 Adjusting the FRITZ!Powerline adapter's Wi-Fi settings

Routers and FRITZ!Powerline adapters can use the same or different Wi-Fi network names (SSIDs) and Wi-Fi security settings for registering wireless devices.

Use the same Wi-Fi settings in the FRITZ!Powerline adapter as in the router so that your wireless devices automatically connect with the Wi-Fi network with the strongest signal (Wi-Fi roaming):

  1. Click "Wi-Fi" ("Wireless") in the user interface of FRITZ!Powerline.
  2. Click "Wi-Fi Network" ("Radio Network") in the "Wi-Fi" ("Wireless") menu.
  3. Enter the Wi-Fi network name of the router in the field "Name of the Wi-Fi network (SSID)".
  4. Click "Apply" to save the settings.
  5. Click "Security" in the "Wi-Fi" menu.
  6. Click on the "Encryption" tab.
  7. Enter the router's network key in the "Network key" field.
  8. Click "Apply" to save the settings.