Do you use a FRITZ! Box in your own home or in the office? The WLAN signal does not always reach every corner of your home. Sometimes it helps to realign the router or to move it to a new location. If that’s not enough, then you should think about a repeater. You can find some here on the blog Repeater-Tests. I’m always asked which one to choose now.
Last year AVM did his WLAN repeater range revised (They have also been available since September 2019 to buy in Switzerland). In the article I show you the advantages of the four individual AVM models and describe which one suits me.
AVM WLAN Repeater – which one suits me
First of all, my recommendations here in this article are based on my own experience with the products. If the budget is not an issue and you want to be well equipped in the future, then buy yourselves simply the 3000* and you are on the safe side. This gives you full performance and flexibility. Above all, you can now leave the post here and concentrate on other things again.
Have fun while shopping*.
But even with a slightly lower resistance in your wallet, you can get great solutions from AVM.
Make a WLAN test
But before you start looking for a suitable repeater, test your apartment. Write down (or record) what your apartment looks like and where you want good WiFi.
As soon as you have the hotspots, go to the respective points and measure with the FRITZ! WLAN app the WLAN off. This gives you an overview of how good the WiFi coverage is.
With the information you then roughly know what kind of service you actually need.
If you come across areas during the test that are barely or insufficiently supplied with WiFi, then look for the reasons. The two greatest enemies are certainly water and metal. If you notice that a wall is very strong against the WiFi signal, it may be that there is a lot of metal (because it is a load-bearing element) built into it, or a sewer or a feeder for fresh water. Solid furniture or aquariums in the apartment can also interfere with the distribution of the WLAN signal.
Also, you shouldn’t necessarily put the FRITZ! Box or the FRITZ! Repeater directly behind a cabinet. Here in the post I’ll show you what AVM has to offer for FRITZ! Repeaters and what they are good for.
Of course, you should still pay attention to what kind of internet line you have and what kind of FRITZ! Box you have as a basis.
As an extreme example, there is certainly a FRITZ! Repeater 3000 behind you FRITZ!Mesh Set not quite optimal. At least from a performance point of view, that doesn’t really make sense. But if you want to be flexible in positioning, then this is exactly the choice.
But here I always say that one should also look to the future. If the purchase price is not too high, it is better to build a little higher, because the speeds that the providers offer you are increasing more and more and who knows, maybe there will be an update for the router too.
Especially if you, like us, have flexible use of the FRITZ! Repeater 3000 so appreciate.
The FRITZ! Repeater 600 is the smallest in the AVM range.
Its greatest advantage, it is very compact in its design and hardly goes beyond the socket plate. In addition, it is economical in terms of power consumption, which is two watts for normal web surfing. In addition, there is certainly also the low purchase resistance in the wallet when buying one.
The most important note about the FRITZ! Repeater 600 is that it «only» extends the WLAN in the 2.4 GHz range. Below you can read about what the repeater is best for.
You also don’t have a LAN port for connecting a gadget with an Ethernet cable. If you need that, you have to use at least the FRITZ! Repeater 1200.
Its four built-in antennas transmit in the 2.4 GHz range. So it is more used to bridge distances in your own home and to handle small amounts of web traffic.
This includes messaging, e-mail and the occasional surfing via the browser of your choice.
Of course, it is also predestined to connect smart home sensors to the in-house WLAN that are in hard-to-reach places. Because these still transmit mostly in the 2.4 GHz range.
That may not sound like much and is especially interesting for all of you who have older WiFi-enabled devices at home, but do not have enough range.
One possibility is certainly to extend the WLAN a little for your own parents.
When the reading room in the west wing needs WiFi for the eBook reader your choice.
My will soon be more detailed here Test report of the FRITZ! Repeater 600 linked.
The FRITZ! Repeater 1200 is only significantly larger than the 600 model.
This also has a LAN port (1 Gbit / s) at the bottom to connect computers, gaming consoles or the like with cables.
In direct comparison to the 600 you will find more WiFi options here. That means, the 2.4 GHz as well as the 5 GHz frequency band is available. These both have two special streams each.
Four antennas are also installed inside the FRITZ! Repeater 1200. With the difference that two antennas transmit in the 2.4 GHz frequency range and two antennas in the 5 GHz frequency range.
This allows you to expand your own mesh network quickly and easily. This is particularly useful in smaller apartments or if the walls are built in a little awkwardly.
The 1200 series benefits from its compact design. It offers performance and yet does not attract much attention in everyday life.
Here you come to the detailed one Test report of the FRITZ! Repeater 1200.
With the FRITZ! Repeater 2400 it goes one step further. From the physical point of view, it is then almost twice as large as that 1200er*. This means that it then also needs significantly more space with a socket.
I have it with me in one Bluelounge Box stowed in a multiple plug, so it doesn’t take up space directly at the socket. Can be done, does not have to be. Since the box is made entirely of plastic, it does not affect the WLAN performance in any way (and / or at most marginally).
AVM has also given the 2400 series two radio units. Analogous to the 1200 model, there are two antennas in the 2.4 GHz range and two antennas in the 5 GHz frequency range. These each have four special streams.
You will also find a 1 Gbit / s LAN port here, directly below the repeater. You can use your FRITZ! Repeater as a WLAN or LAN bridge. But more about that below.
This makes the two models a perfect match for the flagship FRITZ!Box 7590 (or one 6890 LTE) and similar models that also transmit with four antennas as standard. Thanks to the mesh system provided by FRITZ! OS, installation is also kept simple.
The repeater is also assigned the same SSID. For you as a user, this means that you only see a WLAN at home and can move around in it without having to worry about which network and via which device you have access to the WLAN.
My absolute favorite in the home network is the FRITZ! Repeater 3000. This is suitable for everyone who has many gadgets in the WLAN and needs a lot of performance. But also for everyone like me who cannot / does not want to operate the repeater directly from the socket and would like to be flexible in the area of application with the long cable.
Its additional advantage, the 3000 not only transmits with two units, it also has a third frequency band, which is only there to communicate with the other AVM products. This is located in the 5 GHz range. To get to the special streams here too. Two of them are located in each 2.4 GHz range and two each in the 5 GHz range. On top of that there are four special streams in the second 5 GHz radio range.
In the backend of the FRITZ! Repeater under the menu item WLAN – Radio Channel you will then also find all three channels. Green is the connection from your gadget to the 3000 and yellow is the communication with yours FRITZ!Box.
You can also connect additional gadgets to the 3000 via LAN. This time even two in number and of course it is a 1 Gbit / s connection.
The smaller FRITZ! Repeaters mentioned above must always be placed directly at the socket. Or, as mentioned above, at a multiple socket. Neither is ideal, which is why I appreciate it so much that I’m much more flexible with the 3000.
I am no longer tied to the socket and the long cable gives me many more options.
Here you come to the detailed one Test report of the FRITZ! Repeater 3000.
I have the repeater and now?
As soon as you have decided on a repeater and bought it, the configuration begins. You don’t need a lot of text here.
The best thing to do is sit down next to your router and see where the nearest power outlet is nearby. Now plug in the repeater and wait for the LED on the front to level off a bit.
Now press the Connect button and then go to your FRITZ! Box. There you press the button labeled «Connect / WPS». From that point on, the two gadgets begin to search for and connect. All the magic then happens by itself and you have nothing else to set up.
The router has told the repeater everything it needs to know in order to carry the home / office WLAN further into the individual rooms. Future changes to the password or to the SSID (WLAN name) are also automatically transferred to the other repeaters.
Then all you have to do is plug your repeater into the socket that you identified beforehand.
I have a little tip for you. If you want even more performance. You can also bridge the distance between the FRITZ! Box and the first repeater using an Ethernet (RJ45) cable. So you have no WiFi loss up to the first repeater point and your WiFi has even more power. This is especially a good tip if your own apartment / house extends over several floors.
Of course, this means that you also have to lay a cable and / or even drill it.
Conclusion on the right choice «which one suits me?»
I hope I was able to help you a little with this post. So that you can find the right repeater for your home or office.
At home we also have FRITZ!Box 7590 the FRITZ! Repeater 3000 (here is my video) in action and are super happy with it.
In the office, I currently still use the FRITZ!Box 6890 LTE in combination with a FRITZ! Repeater 2400.
I will soon be using the repeater plus the AVM Mesh Set (as soon as Corona allows it again) with my parents and thus raise their network in the house to a new level.
The great thing about AVM products is of course the constant updates from the manufacturer. Like last update on FRITZ!OS Version 7.20 which is being rolled out on more and more products. So it basically doesn’t matter which model you choose.