FRITZ!WLAN Repeater 1160 Service - Knowledge Base

FRITZ!WLAN Repeater 1160 Service

What is wireless roaming and how does it work?

If you use a wireless router (for example FRITZ!Box) and one or more wireless repeaters (for example FRITZ!WLAN Repeater) in a home network, then the wireless networks (WiFi) of the individual devices overlap. If a smartphone, tablet, or other wireless device automatically switches from a wireless network with a weak signal to one with a stronger signal in such an environment, this is known as "wireless roaming".

The roaming behavior is not influenced by the router or the repeater. Instead, the wireless device itself decides to change to a different wireless network as soon as the values for signal strength and transmitting power fall below the limit defined by the manufacturer.

As a rule, the network and data connection (for example VoIP calls, video streams or downloads) are briefly interrupted each time a device changes to a different wireless network. Using identical wireless network names (SSID), network keys, and wireless channels in both the router and the repeater can reduce the length of interruption to a minimum.

Not every wireless device supports roaming. The respective manufacturer can provide you with information on the functionality of other wireless devices.

Note:All FRITZ!WLAN Sticks support wireless roaming.