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Info on FRITZ!WLAN Repeater DVB-C

Product: FRITZ!WLAN DVB-C Version: FRITZ!OS 7.01

Language: English, French, Italian, Polish, Spanish, German

Release date: 09/11/2018

New features:

  • Automatically adopting wireless LAN settings from the FRITZ!Box (Mesh WiFi) [1]
  • Devices connected with the repeater are shown in the FRITZ!Box mesh overview [1]
  • Improved wireless security through support of activated Protected Management Frames (PMF) [2]
  • Improved Band steering for wireless clients that support the 802.11v/k standards
  • The new FRITZ!OS 7.0 makes setting up and using the FRITZ! Hotspot providing public WiFi access even easier [3]
  • enhanced auto channel for repeater in LAN bridge mode
  • Support for SAT/IP with compatible TVs of Panasonic and Loewe (https://en.avm.de/guide/streaming-nas-and-remote-access/satip-what-is-it/)

Tip: First update your FRITZ!Box to FRITZ!OS 7.00 or higher and then conduct the update via the home network overview. This way the product is active in the mesh right after the update.

Comprehensive instructions and further information on the topic "Mesh WiFi with FRITZ!" is presented at en.avm.de/mesh-faq. Below you find a complete list and descriptions of the new functions in the latest FRITZ!OS, along with a list of further improvements in this version.

[1] Enabling the Mesh Function

To check whether a FRITZ! product is enabled for Mesh, see the Mesh Overview of the FRITZ!Box (the Mesh Master) under "fritz.box -> Home Network -> Mesh". Here the products in the Mesh are designated with a corresponding "Mesh active" symbol.

A FRITZ!WLAN Repeater or FRITZ!Powerline Adapter with FRITZ!OS 6.90 or higher installed can be enabled for Mesh in various ways:

  • If the product has the ex works settings configured and is being connected with the FRITZ!Box for the first time, it will be automatically enabled for Mesh.
  • If the product is already connected, but not enabled for Mesh, it is added to the Mesh by pressing a button on the product to be integrated and a button on the FRITZ!Box. On the FRITZ!Box, use the button that initiates WPS (depending on the model, press the "Connect" or "WPS" button briefly, or the "WLAN/WPS button for 6 seconds)

Detailed instructions, additional information and the answers to frequently asked questions about Mesh are presented at en.avm.de/mesh-faq.

[2] New security feature in the wireless LAN: "Protected Management Frames (PMF)"

FRITZ!OS now supports additional security during registration of devices with the wireless LAN. "Protected Management Frames" ("PMF" for short) offer additional protection for the wireless connection during the setup phase. PMF is standardized according to IEEE 802.11w-2009 and is automatically offered to or negotiated with wireless devices that support this technology. The new feature is available in the user interface under Wireless > Security > Additional Security Settings.

[3] What's new for the FRITZ! Hotspot

The new FRITZ!OS 7.0 vmakes setting up and using the FRITZ! Hotspot even easier. It's now even easier for users to choose whether the wireless guest access should be provided as an open hotspot, or encrypted as a private hotspot. If an open hotspot is chosen, the guests do not need to enter a security key. Cafés, doctor's offices and small businesses, as well as all FRITZ!Box users, can provide their customers and visitors an easy-to-use internet access that complies with the current legal regulations. Whether it's private or public hotspot, guests cannot access the home network, but surf using a second wireless LAN provided by the FRITZ!Box.

Secure and Complete Control

The operator of the hotspot can decide which applications can be used in the guest network and which are prohibited. Daily email messages notify the operator of the hotspot about which devices were registered in the radio network and when. Another advantage is the option to reserve bandwidth. This options allows you to specify how much of the data rate is reserved for their own wireless LAN and how much is available to their guests.

Individual & Convenient

The Welcome page of the FRITZ! Hotspot offers additional convenience. Cafés or businesses can greet their guests with a short welcome text, photo or logo. If desired, the guests can also be requested to consent to the terms of use for the hotspot. The hotspot is also available in locations where FRITZ!WLAN Repeaters or powerline devices supporting WiFi provide for better coverage.

New with FRITZ!OS 6.93

  • improved stability

New with FRITZ!OS 6.92

  • Scrolling on mobile devices fixed
  • Improved translations on the fritz.repeater overview
  • Weakness of WPA2 key handshake fixed

Innovations and Improvements with FRITZ!OS 6.90

NEW: Support for Mesh WiFi (see "Mesh WiFi with FRITZ!") NEW: Support for WiFi band steering NEW: WPS for registration of new wireless devices (e.g. smartphone) can also be triggered on repeaters NEW: Support for cascaded repeaters - Now a repeater can be registered with another repeater with the click of a button New: Dynamic uplink - Upon loss of connection, repeaters search for an alternative connection themselves NEW: An active guest access and the corresponding radio network name are displayed on the overview age and "Home Network Access" NEW: Option for adopting wireless LAN settings from a FRITZ!Box when mesh is active (home network access) NEW: Expanded diagnostics and maintenance options to improve product security and quality NEW: Standardized button behavior - one push of the button for all connections (see "Button behavior with FRITZ!OS 6.90") Improved: Increased WPS compatibility to Vodafon/Draytek routers Improved: Attempts to log in with wrong user data are recorded as an event. Improved: Push service combines mails generated within a short period Improved: Display of new functions via HTTPS before a FRITZ!OS update Improved: Optimized configuration of switching schedule by time table for smartphone and tablet Improved: Event log adjusted to different display sizes Improved: Change notices for selected settings added to push service mails Improved: Reworked subject line and sender information for push service mails Improved: Push service now sends the log of registrations and deregistrations with the wireless guest access even when information about registrations and deregistrations is disabled in the wireless events Improved: Inactive wireless devices without individual settings deleted from the list of known wireless devices Improved: Better WPS stability (WPS session overlap) Improved: Increased efficiency through improved storage management Remedied: In certain cases it was not possible to perform a scan of the wireless environment Remedied: In certain cases streaming and connections were interrupted when powerline devices with WiFi were deployed

Mesh WiFi with FRITZ!

The new FRITZ!OS 6.90 for FRITZ!Box, FRITZ!WLAN Repeaters and FRITZ!Powerline offer even more wireless mesh performance. On top of this, the new release improves FRITZ! products in terms of convenience, security and stability. Mesh networking is a new trend in the home network and has been a feature of FRITZ! for a long time. A mesh network like the FRITZ! home network ensures that fast, stable WiFi with high data rates is available to all devices in the entire home network. The FRITZ!Box is the hub. It provides the Internet access (layer 1), serves as a powerful wireless LAN access point, and can build a mesh network. This makes it especially easy for users to expand their wireless coverage modularly as needed with other FRITZ! products. This mesh networking convenience has been expanded by AVM with FRITZ!OS 6.90. The communication among all FRITZ! products (FRITZ!WLAN Repeaters, FRITZ!Powerline adapters) is improved, so that settings can be synchronized and the performance of connected terminal devices optimized. And all this runs smoothly, without the user having to do anything.

Benefits of Mesh WiFi with FRITZ!OS 6.90:

  • The home network overview of the FRITZ!Box shows a graphic display of all connections in the home network
  • Display and execution of updates for all FRITZ! products in the home network, display of devices in the guest network
  • Permanent automatic adoption of all wireless LAN settings from the FRITZ!Box to all products in the mesh
  • Support for cascaded repeaters: Now a repeater can be registered with another repeater (that is already connected in the home network) with the click of a button
  • Self-healing features: Upon loss of connection, repeaters search for an alternative connection themselves
  • Improved wireless LAN autochannel feature also accounts for permanently registered wireless devices (like FRITZ!WLAN Repeaters)

For more information on Mesh WiFi, see http://en.avm.de/mesh-networking

Establishing a Mesh Connection

To use Mesh WiFi features, a FRITZ!OS version that supports mesh (6.88 or higher) must be installed on both the repeater and the FRITZ!Box. Whether your repeater is already enabled for Mesh WiFi is shown in the FRITZ!Box home network overview. Here in the new graphic connection overview, your products that participate in mesh are marked with a "Mesh enabled" symbol. If a repeater connected in your home network is not marked with the "Mesh enabled" symbol, enable the mesh feature by pressing the WPS button on the repeater, or by initiating registration mode on your FRITZ!Box (the equivalent of triggering WPS). For more detailed information about establishing a mesh connection, see the online help on the FRITZ!Box user interface.

Button Behavior with FRITZ!OS 6.90

  • Connecting a repeater with FRITZ!OS 6.90 with the FRITZ!Box To register a repeater configured with factory settings, briefly press the WPS button on the repeater (WPS or Connect registration mode must also be initiated on your FRITZ!Box) To register a connected repeater with another wireless access point, press the WPS button for 6 seconds

  • Connecting wireless terminal equipment If you want to register a new wireless device with your home network, you can now trigger registration mode (WPS) on the repeater as well. To do this, briefly press the WPS button on a repeater connected in your home network.

  • Enabling wireless LAN For a repeater that has the wireless LAN feature disabled via the user interface or during wireless LAN night service, enable wireless LAN by briefly pressing the "WLAN" button.

  • Triggering factory settings To restore the factory settings to a repeater, press the WPS button for 15 seconds.

With each FRITZ!OS update, AVM updates the security functions of FRITZ!Box and FRITZ!WLAN Repeaters as well. Therefore we recommend performing the update for all devices.

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