FRITZ!Box 6490 Service - Knowledge Base
Does the FRITZ!Box support the WDS procedure?
The FRITZ!Box does not support the WDS (Wireless Distribution System) procedure. The trade association Wi-Fi Alliance discontinued further development of WDS more than 10 years ago. The WDS specification was therefore never modified in order to take the latest wireless standards for security and speed such as WPA2 and WLAN 802.11n into account.
WDS connections were established using the obsolete and non-secure WEP encryption method. However, WEP encryption may no longer be used with the new wireless standard 802.11ac.
The FRITZ!Box's method for extending the wireless range offers a modern and safe alternative.
Note:Most FRITZ!Box models support the method for extending the wireless range if the latest FRITZ!OS is installed. You do not need to use this method if you use a FRITZ!WLAN Repeater to increase the wireless range.