Instructions: Connect the Fritz! Box to a Fritz! WLAN Repeater and improve the WLAN range

AVM Fritz! WLAN Repeater 310

Surely some of you know this: You go with your MacBook on the balcony or in a room to surf comfortably there or to answer e-mails - but: unfortunately the WLAN is poorly or not at all sufficient to do something on the Internet at the place make. In some cases, "aligning" the Fritz!Box may help to get an extra reception bar, but the right solution is usually only a WiFi repeater, which extends the existing WiFi network of the Fritz!Box to the desired workplace .

Fritz Repeater in practice
Fritz Repeater in practice Application: This is a possible scenario for using the WLAN Repeater.

Fritz! Box and Fritz! Repeater: Fritz devices get along particularly well

Anyone who already owns a Fritz! Box is well served by buying a Fritz! WLAN Repeater, because these two devices can be linked at the push of a button without having to make wild settings in any browser windows - as I did before a few years ago I had to do my first WiFi repeater!

AVM Fritz! WLAN Repeater 310 - good and cheap

My recommendation for the good & cheap variant is this AVM Fritz! WLAN Repeater 310. With 300 Mbit / s, this offers a decent speed, a compact design and is sufficient for most applications.

AVM Fritz! WLAN Repeater 310
The AVM Fritz! WLAN Repeater 310 is very compact and can be placed at any socket. Available for example here at Amazon for about 25 EUR.

AVM FRITZ!WLAN Repeater 1750E – for “heavy” WLAN users

The Fritz!WLAN Repeater 1750E is not quite as cheap, but it is blessed with features and speed. I bought this because it impresses with a transmission rate of 1.300 MBit/s in the 5 GHz network, which all newer Apple devices such as the MacBook, iMac, iPhone or iPad, for example, support. The maximum data rate in the 2,4 GHz network is 450 MBit/s, so that you already have a big speed advantage here if the devices can use the 5 GHz network. For everyone else, the repeater also opens a 2,4 GHz network - that's why the description says DUAL WLAN. But that also costs more than "dual" - namely about 75 EUR (you can order it here). For people who constantly use the WLAN (stream music and films, move a lot of data back and forth, often use Dropbox or work with large emails) and have up-to-date devices, the repeater is certainly the better choice.

AVM Fritz! Repeater 1750E - the right choice for internet addicts
The AVM Fritz!Repeater 1750E - the right choice for "Internet addicts" who work with modern devices on the Internet, stream films or want to push a lot of data through the WLAN - available here at Amazon.

Instructions: How to pair Fritz! Box and Fritz! WLAN Repeater

The procedure is pretty simple and easy to explain. Here are the steps you have to take so that the two devices find each other and pair:

  1. The first thing to do is plug the Fritz! Repeater into a socket near the Fritz! Box so that the two devices can easily find each other via radio.
  2. Go to the Fritz!Box and press the “WLAN/WPS” button there for about 6 seconds. After 6 seconds, the WLAN LED on the box starts to flash. Then you let go.
  3. Now you have to press the WPS button on the repeater within two minutes and hold it for 6 seconds until the WLAN LED flashes here as well. Then you let go.
  4. It will now take a few seconds for the two devices to swap. If everything works correctly, the WLAN LED on the repeater lights up permanently

The connection quality between the repeater and the Fritz! Box is always displayed on the repeater. It is worthwhile to test a little bit here in the apartment where you have the best connection, because this naturally has a strong influence on the speed when surfing or streaming.

Trying it out is very easy, however, because the Fritz! Repeater retains all WLAN settings when you unplug it and plug it in again.

Tip for the “nerds”: Select 5 GHz network under iOS

In the Fritz! Box you can give the 5 GHz network its own name (SSID). This allows you to select the 5 GHz network specifically on the iPhone or iPad, which of course is then noticeable in a better speed.

Before that, you have to give the 2,4 GHz and the 5 GHz network separate names in the Fritz!Box. To do this, click on “View: Standard” in the Fritz!Box configuration (open at the bottom of the footer. This will bring up more options. Then you go to “WLAN” -> “Wireless network” and can name both networks differently there. Then you select the WiFi settings in the iPhone or the iOS device of your choice and connect to the 5 GHz network. Complete. :)

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