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

Connect your FRITZ!Powerline adapter to your router via LAN to add an additional wireless access point to your home network quickly and easily. 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 LAN bridge mode

1 Loading the factory settings of the FRITZ!Powerline adapter

In order to perform the following steps, the FRITZ!Powerline adapter must be set to factory settings:

  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 the FRITZ!Powerline adapter to the router

  1. Use a network cable to connect the FRITZ!Powerline adapter to a LAN port on the router.

3 Setting up the FRITZ!Powerline adapter as a LAN bridge

  1. Click "Access to Home Network" in the user interface of FRITZ!Powerline.
  2. Click the "Change the Type of Connection" button in the "Access to Home Network" menu.
  3. Enable the option "LAN bridge" and click "Next".
  4. Select which IP settings the FRITZ!Powerline adapter should use and click "Next".
  5. Accept the preset Wi-Fi settings of the FRITZ!Powerline adapter or configure individual Wi-Fi settings and click "Next".
  6. Click "Finish" to save the settings.

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" 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.