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FRITZ!Box 4020 Service

Integrating FRITZ!Box into the home network via network cable

You can use a network cable to connect your FRITZ!Box to an existing FRITZ!Box and configure it so that it uses the first one's internet connection (operation as IP client).

This way devices connected to the FRITZ!Box are completely integrated into your home network. You can use these devices to access the internet as well as other devices in the home network, and they can use all of the functions offered by the FRITZ!Box connected to the internet.

Note:The configuration procedure and notes on functions given in this guide refer to the latest FRITZ!OS for your FRITZ!Box.

1 Configuring the FRITZ!Box

Preparations

  • Either use a network cable or wireless LAN to connect a computer to the FRITZ!Box you want to use in the home network. If the computer is already connected to the FRITZ!Box that establishes the internet connection, clear this connection.

Configuring the operating mode

  1. Open the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Enter the FRITZ!Box password on the underside of the device and click "Log In".
  3. Click "Internet" and then "Account Information".
  4. Select "Internet router as IP client" from the drop-down list "Internet connection via".
  5. Enter the data throughput of your internet connection in the "Downstream" and "Upstream" fields.

    Example:
    Enter 50000 for a downstream of 50 Mbit/s; enter 5000 for an upstream of 5 Mbit/s.

  6. Click "Apply" to save the settings.

The FRITZ!Box is now configured for for operation in the home network.

Important:In this operating mode, the FRITZ!Box can no longer be reached at http://fritz.box. Instead, to access it you must use the Mesh or home network overview of the FRITZ!Box with internet access or use the IP address that is assigned to it.

2 Connecting the FRITZ!Box

  • Use a network cable to connect the "WAN" port on the FRITZ!Box either directly or by means of a hub or switch to a LAN port on the FRITZ!Box with internet access.

3 Setting up wireless LAN

You can use the FRITZ!Box in the home network as an additional wireless access point. This way your wireless devices can access the internet and other devices in the home network, even if the wireless network of the FRITZ!Box with internet access is not available.

If the FRITZ!Box with internet access uses the 2.4 GHz wireless frequency band, you can configure the FRITZ!Box in the home network so your wireless devices always automatically connect with the FRITZ!Box with the strongest signal (wireless roaming). To do so, configure the following settings:

  1. Click "Wireless" ("WLAN") in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Radio Network" in the "Wireless" ("WLAN") menu.
  3. Enter the wireless network name of the FRITZ!Box with internet access in the field "Name of the wireless radio network (SSID)".
  4. Click "Apply" to save the settings.
  5. If you disabled automatic channel selection in the FRITZ!Box with internet access and set a wireless channel, set the same channel in the FRITZ!Box in the home network:
    1. Click "Radio Channel" in the "Wireless" ("WLAN") menu.
    2. Enable the option "Adjust radio channel settings" in the "Radio Channel Settings" section.
    3. From the drop-down list "Radio channel", select the channel used by the FRITZ!Box with internet access.
    4. Click "Apply" to save the settings.
  6. Click "Security" in the "Wireless" ("WLAN") menu.
  7. Enable the option "WPA encryption".
  8. Select "WPA2 (CCMP)" for the "WPA mode". If not all of your wireless devices support WPA2 encryption, select the option "WPA + WPA2".
  9. Enter the network key of the FRITZ!Box with internet access in the "Network key" field.
  10. Click "Apply" to save the settings.