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FRITZ!Box 6490 Service

Setting up the FRITZ!Box for use with another router

The FRITZ!Box can share the Internet connection of another router. In this case, the FRITZ!Box provides its own network that is separate from the router. As a result, computers, smartphones, and other devices connected to the FRITZ!Box no longer obtain their IP settings from the other router. Instead, they obtain them from FRITZ!Box. The firewall of the FRITZ!Box remains enabled.

Important:If the other router is a FRITZ!Box, set up both of the FRITZ!Boxes for parallel use.

Requirements / Restrictions

  • Some cable providers do not support this operating mode. The function "Internet connection via 'LAN 1'" is therefore not displayed if you have a FRITZ!Box from one of these providers.
  • It is not possible to access devices connected to the FRITZ!Box from the other router's network.
  • You cannot use MyFRITZ!.
  • Depending on the other router, functions that require a public IP address (for example port sharing and receiving incoming VPN connections) can either not be used, or can only be used to a limited extent.
  • The FRITZ!Box and the other router must use different IP networks.

1 Configuring the FRITZ!Box

  1. Click "Internet" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Account Information" in the "Internet" menu.
  3. Enable the option "Internet connection via 'LAN1'".
  4. If the other router provides a DHCP server, enable the option "Obtain the IP address automatically (DHCP)".
    • If the other router does not provide a DHCP server, enable the option "Configure the IP address manually" and enter IP settings that fit with the IP network of the router:
      • "IP address": IP address from the router's network.

        The router has the IP address (subnet mask and is therefore in the network In this case you can enter as the IP address.

        Important:The IP address you select may not already be used by another device in the router's network.

      • "Subnet mask": Subnet mask of the router
      • "Default gateway": IP address of the router
      • "Primary DNS server": IP address of the router
  5. Enter the speeds of your Internet connection in the "Downstream" and "Upstream" fields.

    Enter 32000 for a downstream of 32 Mbit/s; enter 2000 for an upstream of 2 Mbit/s.

  6. Click "Apply" to save the settings.

2 Connecting the FRITZ!Box with the network

  • Use a network cable (for example the yellow network cable included with delivery) to connect the "LAN 1" port on the FRITZ!Box either directly to a LAN port on the router, or by means of a hub or switch.

Now the FRITZ!Box uses the Internet connection of the other router.

3 Opening the FRITZ!Box user interface

Enter as usual to call up the user interface with devices connected to the ports "LAN 2" through "LAN 4" or to the FRITZ!Box's wireless network.

Proceed as follows to open the user interface with devices connected to the other router instead of the FRITZ!Box:

  1. If the FRITZ!Box obtains its IP address from the router via DHCP, enter the IP address that the router assigned to the FRITZ!Box, for example, in the web browser.
    • If you entered the IP address in the FRITZ!Box manually, in the web browser, enter the IP address that you entered in the "IP address" field in the user interface, for example
  2. In the corresponding fields, enter the user name and password of a FRITZ!Box user who is authorized to access the FRITZ!Box from the Internet and click "Log in".

    Note:You can edit the access rights of FRITZ!Box users under "System > FRITZ!Box Users" in the user interface.

4 Setting up the FRITZ!Box to conduct calls over another router

The following step is only necessary if you would like to connect telephones to the FRITZ!Box and then use the Internet connection of the other router to make calls with them: