Knowledge document #3489

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

Connect your FRITZ!Repeater to your router via LAN to easily and efficiently add an additional wireless access point to your home network. 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 wireless settings in the FRITZ!Repeater as in the router, your wireless devices will automatically connect with the Wi-Fi network with the strongest signal (wireless roaming).

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!Repeater.

1 Loading the FRITZ!Repeater's factory settings

To perform the following steps, the FRITZ!Repeater must be set to factory settings:

  1. Push and hold down the Connect button for about 15 seconds.
  2. The Connect 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 Connect LED flashes continuously for at least 1 minute as soon as the factory settings have finished loading.

2 Connecting a wireless device with the FRITZ!Repeater

  1. Make note of the network key on the underside of the FRITZ!Repeater.
  2. Plug the FRITZ!Repeater into an electrical outlet and wait about 1 minute until the FRITZ!Repeater has started and the Connect LED flashes.
  3. Search for Wi-Fi networks in the vicinity with a wireless device (for example a notebook, smartphone).
  4. Select the Wi-Fi network "FRITZ!Repeater [...]".
  5. Enter the network key (password) you made note of.

3 Configuring the FRITZ!Repeater as a LAN bridge

  1. Open the user interface of the FRITZ!Repeater.
  2. Set a password to access the user interface, then click "OK" and "Next".
  3. Enable the option "LAN bridge" and click "Next".
  4. Select which IP settings the FRITZ!Repeater should use and click "Next".
  5. Enter the wireless settings for the FRITZ!Repeater and click "Next". If you enter your router's Wi-Fi network name and network key, your wireless devices will automatically connect with the Wi-Fi network with the strongest signal.
  6. Click "Finish" to save the settings.

4 Connecting the FRITZ!Repeater

  1. Use a network cable to connect the FRITZ!Repeater to a LAN port on the router. If you cannot directly connect the devices with a cable, you can bridge the distance to the router with a powerline connection (for example with FRITZ!Powerline).

Now the FRITZ!Repeater is configured as a LAN bridge and is available as an additional wireless access point. The LED for connection quality indicates the quality of the Wi-Fi connection of the first device to connect to the FRITZ!Repeater's Wi-Fi network.