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Connecting FRITZ!Powerline with the home network via powerline

Connect FRITZ!Powerline to your FRITZ!Box via powerline to add an additional wireless access point to your home network quickly and easily. The first FRITZ!Powerline device is connected to a LAN port on the FRITZ!Box using a network cable. The second FRITZ!Powerline device can be positioned further away from the FRITZ!Box and is connected to the FRITZ!Box 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 FRITZ!Box.

If you are using a FRITZ!Box with FRITZ!OS 7 or later, the FRITZ!Powerline devices are integrated into the Mesh and marked in the FRITZ!Box user interface with the Mesh symbol . The second FRITZ!Powerline device then adopts all of the settings from the FRITZ!Box, such as Wi-Fi access information and guest access. In the Mesh, your wireless devices automatically connect to the wireless access point that offers the best Wi-Fi reception.

Changes in the Mesh can then be easily made in the FRITZ!Box. The FRITZ!Box automatically transmits the new settings to the FRITZ!Powerline device. If you still want to access the user interface of the FRITZ!Powerline device, use the password from the FRITZ!Box to log in.

Connection scenario for powerline bridge mode

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

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 Connecting FRITZ!Powerline devices with each other

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

  1. Plug the FRITZ!Powerline device that you want to add to the powerline network into an outlet near a FRITZ!Powerline device that is already in the powerline network.

    Important:If you want to add FRITZ!Powerline to an already existing powerline network, make sure that at least two FRITZ!Powerline devices in the existing network are active. FRITZ!Powerline devices without without Wi-Fi support switch to standby mode if no network cable is connected to the LAN port or no data is transmitted for about 5 minutes.

  2. Wait until the FRITZ!Powerline device is ready for operation and the Connect LED flashes slowly or the Power LED or WLAN LED remains lit.
  3. Briefly push the Connect button (see table) on both of the FRITZ!Powerline devices. You can push the button on whichever FRITZ!Powerline device you want first. The Powerline LED or the Connect 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) / 1240 AX / 1220 / 1210 Connect
    FRITZ!Powerline 1240E WLAN - WPS
    Powerline - Security
    FRITZ!Powerline 1220E / 1000E / 546E / 540E Powerline · Security
    FRITZ!Powerline 530E / 520E / 510E / 500E Security
  4. The process is completed and the FRITZ!Powerline devices are connected with each other as soon as the Powerline LED remains lit.

3 Connecting FRITZ!Powerline devices

  1. For setup, plug both of the FRITZ!Powerline devices into outlets near the FRITZ!Box.
  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 FRITZ!Box.
  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 FRITZ!Box.

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

If your FRITZ!Box supports Mesh, simply apply the FRITZ!Box's settings at the touch of a button. It does not matter whether you push the button on the Mesh Master or the FRITZ!Powerline device first. We recommend the following order:

  1. Briefly push the Connect button (see table) on the FRITZ!Powerline device (for about 1 second) and release it again. When you release the button, depending on the FRITZ!Powerline model, several other LEDs flash at the same time.
    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 (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, 7510, 6890, 6850, 6660, 5590, 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.

5 Connecting the FRITZ!Powerline device with the home network

  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.