FRITZ!Box 7430 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 to take the latest wireless standards for security and speed such as WPA2 and WLAN 802.11n into account.
The obsolete and unsafe WEP encryption method was used to establish WDS connections; it no longer supported by new wireless devices.
The FRITZ!Box's method for increasing wireless range offers a modern and safe alternative.
Note:Most FRITZ!Box models support the method for increasing the wireless range if the latest FRITZ!OS is installed. This method is not necessary if you use a FRITZ!WLAN Repeater.