FRITZ!WLAN Repeater 1160 Service - Base de connaissance

FRITZ!WLAN Repeater 1160 Service

Wireless range is too low

The range of the wireless connection (WiFi) between the FRITZ!WLAN Repeater and wireless router (for example a FRITZ!Box) and / or wireless device (for example a notebook, smartphone, tablet) is low.

Cause

  • Surrounding structural conditions (such as thickness and reinforcement of the walls) as well as other electronic devices such as wireless speakers and baby monitors influence the quality and thus the range of the wireless connection.

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

Simply proceed as described below. After each measure, check whether the problem persists.

1 Installing the latest firmware for the wireless router

  1. Install the latest firmware for your wireless router according to the manufacturer's instructions.

    Note:If you are using a FRITZ!Box, install the latest FRITZ!OS as described in this guide.

2 Installing the latest software for the wireless device

  1. Install the latest driver for your computer's wireless network adapter or the latest operating system, for example Android, iOS, for the wireless device.

    Note:Refer to the manufacturer for information on how to update, for example consult the manual.
    You can find the latest drivers for the FRITZ!WLAN Sticks in our download area.

3 Setting the maximum transmitter power

Setting the wireless router's transmitter power

Note:We used a FRITZ!Box as an example for the configuration. If you are using a different wireless router, refer to the device's manufacturer for information on how to set it up, for example consult the manual.

  1. Click "Wireless" ("WLAN") in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Radio Channel" in the "Wireless" ("WLAN") menu.
  3. If the option "Set radio channel settings automatically (recommended)" is enabled, proceed with the following section.
    • If the option "Adjust radio channel settings" is enabled:
      1. Click "Additional settings" (if available).
      2. Select "100%" from the drop-down list "Maximum transmitter power". If the drop-down list is not displayed, enable the Advanced View first.
      3. Click "Apply" to save the settings.

Setting transmitter power of the FRITZ!WLAN Repeater

  1. Click "Wireless" ("WLAN") in the user interface of the FRITZ!WLAN Repeater.
  2. Click "Radio Channel" in the "Wireless" ("WLAN") menu.
  3. If the option "Set radio channel settings automatically (recommended)" is enabled, proceed with the following section.
    • If the option "Adjust radio channel settings" is enabled:
      1. Click "Additional Settings".
      2. Select "100%" from the drop-down list "Maximum transmitter power".
      3. Click "Apply" to save the settings.

4 Enabling or refreshing the auto channel

The auto channel function allows the FRITZ!WLAN Repeater to check the wireless environment and automatically select the best wireless channel settings. Since the wireless environment is constantly changing, the FRITZ!WLAN Repeater checks it again every 6 hours, as long as no wireless devices are active at that time. You can also manually refresh the auto channel at any time:

  1. Click "Wireless" ("WLAN") in the user interface of the FRITZ!WLAN Repeater.
  2. Click "Radio Channel" in the "Wireless" ("WLAN") menu.
  3. Enable the option "Set radio channel settings automatically (recommended)".
  4. Click "Apply" to save the settings.

    Note:When the auto channel is enabled and refreshed, all wireless connections to the FRITZ!WLAN Repeater are briefly cleared and then automatically reestablished.

  5. Click the "Refresh Auto Channel" button.

5 Finding the ideal location for FRITZ!WLAN Repeater and router

  1. If possible, position the wireless router in a central location.
  2. Do not position the wireless router directly in the corner of a room.
  3. 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.
  4. Position the wireless router as high in the room as possible, for example on a shelf.
  5. Position the wireless router so that there are as few obstacles as possible between it and other wireless devices. Especially metallic objects or objects containing water, for example radiators, refrigerators, or even houseplants, significantly reduce the quality of the wireless signal.
  6. Position the wireless router away from other radio transmitters, for example microwaves, wireless speakers, or Bluetooth devices.
  7. Find the ideal location for the FRITZ!WLAN Repeater.

6 Changing the name of the wireless network (SSID)

If there are other wireless networks with the same name in the immediate vicinity, wireless devices may automatically attempt to connect to the wrong wireless network. To avoid this, give your wireless router a unique name:

Note:We used a FRITZ!Box as an example for the configuration. If you are using a different wireless router, refer to the device's manufacturer for information on how to set it up, for example consult the manual.

  1. Click "Wireless" ("WLAN") in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Radio Network" in the "Wireless" ("WLAN") menu.
  3. In the field "Name of the wireless radio network (SSID)", enter a unique name for the 2.4 GHz and the 5 GHz frequency band (if applicable) without special characters. If only one field is displayed, enable the Advanced View first. Since not every wireless device support all special characters, we recommend using only standard alphanumeric characters and not symbols or special letters such as ä, ë, ö, ü, á, é, í.
  4. Click "Apply" to save the settings.

All wireless connections are cleared when you apply the new wireless network name. You must then reconfigure the wireless connection from the FRITZ!WLAN Repeater to the wireless router as well as the wireless connections to your other devices.

Now the FRITZ!WLAN Repeater is ideally configured. If the wireless range is still too low despite these measures, then the wireless environment is causing the issue and cannot be further influenced by the FRITZ!WLAN Repeater.