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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.

When the FRITZ!Powerline adapter is connected to the router via Wi-Fi, it is therefore important to find a location where the FRITZ!Powerline adapter can establish fast and stable connections to the router, and at the same time be easily accessible to your wireless devices.

In this guide we explain how to check the quality of the Wi-Fi 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

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 recommends repositioning the FRITZ!Powerline adapter, position it elsewhere. When doing so, observe 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.

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 minimize 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.