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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).

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!Repeater.

1 Loading the FRITZ!Repeater's factory settings

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

  1. Plug the FRITZ!Repeater in.
  2. Wait about 1 minute until the FRITZ!Repeater starts and the Power and WLAN LEDs remain lit or the LEDs of the signal strength indicator flash.
  3. Push and hold down the WPS button down for about 15 seconds until all of the LEDs flash at the same time.

    Fig.: Loading the FRITZ!Repeater's factory settings

  4. The Power and WLAN LEDs remain lit as soon as the factory settings have finished loading.

2 Connecting a wireless device with the FRITZ!Repeater

  1. Plug the FRITZ!Repeater into an outlet and wait about 1 minute until the FRITZ!Repeater has started and the Power and WLAN LEDs remain lit.
  2. Search for Wi-Fi networks in the vicinity with a wireless device (for example a notebook, smartphone).
  3. Select the Wi-Fi network "FRITZ!WLAN Repeater [...]".
  4. Enter 00000000 (8 zeros) for the network key (password).

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 also bridge the distance to the router with a powerline connection (for example with FRITZ!Powerline).

5 Selecting the frequency band for the Wi-Fi network

The 2.4 GHz frequency band is automatically enabled for the Wi-Fi network when the FRITZ!Repeater is being set up as a LAN bridge. If you want to use the 5 GHz frequency band, you can enable it in the FRITZ!Repeater:

  1. Click "Wi-Fi" in the user interface of the FRITZ!Repeater.
  2. Click "Wi-Fi Channel" ("Radio Channel") in the "Wi-Fi" ("Wireless") menu.
  3. Enable the option "Adjust radio channel settings".
  4. Select "802.11n+a" from the "Wireless standard" drop-down list to enable the 5 GHz frequency band.
  5. Confirm the message displayed with "OK".
  6. Click "Apply" to save the settings.

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