Knowledge document #3595

Connecting a FRITZ!Repeater with the Mesh Repeater via LAN (cascading)

You want to connect a FRITZ!Repeater to an existing FRITZ!Repeater via LAN? ✔ Find out how to cascade them here.

You can cascade several Mesh Repeaters in the Mesh. This type of cascading makes it possible for you to extend your home network in a specific direction beyond the Wi-Fi range of a Mesh Repeater.

This means that not only can you connect your FRITZ!Repeater with the FRITZ!Box (Mesh Master), you can also connect it with an already existing Mesh Repeater. It does not matter whether the existing Mesh Repeater is another FRITZ!Repeater, a FRITZ!Box, or a FRITZ!Powerline adapter, or whether the Mesh Repeater is connected via LAN or Wi-Fi.

In this guide we show you how to connect your new FRITZ!Repeater with an already existing Mesh Repeater using a network cable.

Fig.: Example of LAN cascading with two FRITZ!Repeaters

Requirements / Restrictions

  • The existing Mesh Repeater is connected with the Mesh Master and is marked with the Mesh symbol in the Mesh Overview.
  • The existing Mesh Repeater has a LAN port.

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

1 Connecting the FRITZ!Repeater with a FRITZ!Box via LAN

The FRITZ!Repeater automatically configures itself as a LAN bridge if it is set to factory settings and it is connected to the existing Mesh Repeater via a network cable during the startup process:

  1. Use a network cable to connect the FRITZ!Repeater to a LAN port on the existing Mesh Repeater.

2 Loading the FRITZ!Repeater's factory settings

  1. Push and hold down the Connect button for about 15 seconds.
  2. The LED now indicates by alternately flashing and lighting up that the factory settings are being loaded and that the FRITZ!Repeater is being restarted. This process may take several minutes.
  3. The LED flashes continuously for at least 1 minute as soon as the factory settings have finished loading.

3 Connecting the FRITZ!Repeater with the existing Mesh Repeater

  1. Use a network cable to connect the FRITZ!Repeater to a LAN port on the existing Mesh Repeater.