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Finding the ideal location for FRITZ!Powerline

The correct positioning of your FRITZ!Powerline adapter is a key factor when extending the Wi-Fi range of your home network. The quality of the connection between the FRITZ!Powerline adapter and the router (for example FRITZ!Box) is just as important as the quality of the connection between the FRITZ!Powerline adapter and the wireless devices connected to it.

If the FRITZ!Powerline adapter is connected to the router via powerline or Wi-Fi, you must find a location where the FRITZ!Powerline adapter is capable of establishing a fast and stable connection to the router, and at the same time its own Wi-Fi network must be readily accessible for your wireless devices.

In this guide we show you how to check the quality of the connection between the FRITZ!Powerline adapter and the router and what you can do to improve the positioning of your FRITZ!Powerline adapter.

1 Checking the connection quality

Using FRITZ!App WLAN to check the connection quality

If your FRITZ!Powerline adapter is connected to a FRITZ!Box with FRITZ!OS 7 or later via Wi-Fi, use FRITZ!App WLAN to check the quality of the connection between the FRITZ!Powerline adapter and the FRITZ!Box. FRITZ!App WLAN is available for mobile devices with Android and iOS.

  1. Start FRITZ!App WLAN.
  2. Tap the "My Repeaters" button in FRITZ!App WLAN.
  3. Tap the button "Evaluate Repeater Position".
  4. Now FRITZ!App WLAN shows you the quality of the connection:

    Fig.: Checking the repeater's position with FRITZ!App WLAN

  5. If FRITZ!App WLAN suggests you reposition the FRITZ!Powerline adapter, position it elsewhere. Note the tips given in this guide on finding the ideal position.
  6. After repositioning the repeater, in Android tap the symbol in FRITZ!App WLAN again or in iOS tap "Repeater not listed?" and then "Refresh" to re-evaluate the repeater's position.

Using the LEDs to check connection quality

If your FRITZ!Powerline adapter is connected to the router via powerline or Wi-Fi, you can check the LEDs on the FRITZ!Powerline adapter to determine the quality of the connection between the FRITZ!Powerline adapter and the router:

  1. Check which color the "Connect" LED on the FRITZ!Powerline adapter glows.
  2. If the LED is green, then the quality of the powerline or Wi-Fi connection is sufficient.
    • If the LED is orange, then the quality of the powerline or Wi-Fi connection is poor.
  3. If the FRITZ!Powerline adapter indicates that the quality of the connection is poor, position it elsewhere. Note the tips given in this guide on finding the ideal position.

2 Tips on finding the ideal location

  1. Plug the FRITZ!Powerline adapter directly into a wall outlet; do not use it with a power strip, an extension cord, or behind a surge protector. To reduce interference in the home's power supply, avoid powerline connections on different phases, fuse boxes, and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI).
  2. Test different wall outlets.
  3. If possible, do not position the FRITZ!Powerline adapter directly behind or under an obstacle such as pieces of furniture or a heater.
  4. Do not place the FRITZ!Powerline adapter directly in the corner of a room.
  5. Position the FRITZ!Powerline adapter so that there are as few obstacles as possible between it, the router, and other wireless devices. Especially metallic objects or objects containing water, for example radiators, refrigerators, or houseplants, significantly reduce the quality of the Wi-Fi signal.
  6. Position the FRITZ!Powerline adapter away from other radio transmitters, such as microwaves, wireless speakers, or Bluetooth devices.