FRITZ!WLAN Repeater 450E – Service - Knowledge Base

FRITZ!WLAN Repeater 450E – Service

Setting up the FRITZ!WLAN Repeater for use in the home network

The FRITZ!WLAN Repeater offers you an easy and efficient way to increase the range of your wireless network (WiFi). Then you can use your wireless network devices (for example smartphones, tablets, computers) at an even greater distance from your wireless router (for example FRITZ!Box) and enjoy unrestricted access to your home network and the Internet. If you are using a router without wireless capabilities, the repeater offers you an ideal way to add a secure and fast wireless network to your home network.

The following gives you an overview of the various possibilities and steps required to optimally integrate your FRITZ!WLAN Repeater into your home network.

1 Connecting the repeater to the router

You can either connect your repeater to the router over wireless LAN or LAN. Which option is more suitable for your home network depends on your requirements and the conditions at your location.

Connecting the repeater to the router over wireless LAN (wireless bridge)

  • Set up the repeater as a wireless bridge if you
    • can position it somewhere where the connection to the wireless router's wireless network is fast and stable.
    • want to integrate network devices without wireless capabilities (for example a media receiver for IPTV) into your home network.

Fig.: Connection scenario for wireless bridge mode

Connecting the repeater to the router over LAN (LAN bridge)

  • Set up the repeater as a LAN bridge if you would like to
    • position it somewhere outside of your router's wireless range.
    • use it somewhere where you can connect it to the router over LAN or powerline.
    • use it with a router without wireless capabilities.

Fig.: Connection scenario for LAN bridge mode

2 Finding the ideal location for wireless devices

It is important to select an ideal location for the repeater in order to guarantee that the quality of the connection between the repeater and the wireless router is good, and that the quality of the connection between the wireless devices and the repeater is just as good:

  • If possible, position the wireless router in a room that is centrally located.
  • Do not position the wireless router directly in the corner of a room.
  • Position the wireless router so that it is as unobstructed as possible, i.e. not directly in back of or under an obstacle such as pieces of furniture or a heater.
  • Position the wireless router as high in the room as possible, for example on a shelf.
  • Position the wireless router so that there are as few obstacles as possible between it and the other wireless devices. In particular, metallic objects or objects containing water (for example a refrigerator, houseplants) significantly reduce the quality of the wireless signal.
  • Position the wireless router so that it is away from other transmitters (for example microwaves, baby monitors, wireless speakers, Bluetooth devices).
  • Find the ideal location for the repeater.