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Connecting FRITZ!Powerline with the FRITZ!Box via LAN

Connect your FRITZ!Powerline adapter to your FRITZ!Box 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 FRITZ!Box.

If you are using a FRITZ!Box with FRITZ!OS 7 or later, the FRITZ!Powerline adapter is integrated into the Mesh and marked in the FRITZ!Box user interface with the Mesh symbol . The FRITZ!Powerline adapter then automatically 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 adapter. If you still want to access the user interface of the FRITZ!Powerline adapter, use the password from the FRITZ!Box to log in.

Fig.: Connection scenario for LAN bridge mode

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

1 Loading the factory settings of the FRITZ!Powerline adapter

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 with the home network

  1. Use a network cable to connect the FRITZ!Powerline adapter to the home network (for example on FRITZ!Box or Mesh Repeater).

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

  1. Click "Access to Home Network" in the user interface of FRITZ!Powerline. If you are asked for a password, enter the password for the user interface of the Mesh Master.
  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. Keep the Wi-Fi settings displayed for the FRITZ!Powerline adapter and click "Next".
  6. Click "Finish" to save the settings.

4 Adding the FRITZ!Powerline adapter 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 adapter first. We recommend the following order:

  1. Briefly push the Connect button (see table) on the FRITZ!Powerline adapter (for about 1 second) and release it again. When you release the button, all of the LEDs start to flash.
    FRITZ!Powerline modelConnect button
    FRITZ!Powerline 1260(E) 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 adapter with the Mesh symbol in the Mesh Overview.