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Connecting FRITZ!Powerline to a router from another manufacturer via Wi-Fi

Connect your FRITZ!Powerline adapter to your router via Wi-Fi to increase the Wi-Fi range of your home network easily and efficiently. The FRITZ!Powerline adapter adopts the Wi-Fi access information from the router and can be used directly by all of the wireless devices in the home network.

Fig.: Connection scenario for wireless 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 Setting up the FRITZ!Powerline adapter as a wireless bridge

Connecting the FRITZ!Powerline adapter

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

Setting up the FRITZ!Powerline adapter

  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 "Wireless bridge" and click "Next".
  4. In the list "Wi-Fi Networks Found" ("Radio Networks (WLANs) Found"), select the name (SSID) of your router and click "Next".
  5. Configure the Wi-Fi settings and click "Next".
  6. Click "Finish" to save the settings.
  7. The WLAN LED on the FRITZ!Powerline adapter remains lit as soon as setup is completed.
  8. Clear the LAN connection between the FRITZ!Powerline adapter and router.

3 Finding the ideal location for the FRITZ!Powerline adapter

To extend the range as much as possible, the FRITZ!Powerline adapter requires a fast and stable Wi-Fi connection to the router:

  1. Position the FRITZ!Powerline adapter where the quality of the router's Wi-Fi signal is good.