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Surely some of you know this: You go with your MacBook on the balcony or in a room to comfortably surf the web or answer e-mails - but: unfortunately the WiFi is poor or not at all sufficient to access something on the internet do. In some cases, "aligning" the Fritz! Box may help, so that one more reception bar can be extracted, but the correct solution is usually only a WLAN repeater that extends the existing WLAN network of the Fritz! Box to the desired workstation .
Anyone who already owns a Fritz! Box is well served by buying a Fritz! WLAN Repeater, because these two devices can be linked at the push of a button without having to make wild settings in any browser windows - as I did before a few years ago I had to do my first WiFi repeater!
My recommendation for the good & cheap variant is this AVM Fritz! WLAN Repeater 310. With 300 Mbit / s, this offers a decent speed, a compact design and is sufficient for most applications.
The Fritz! WLAN Repeater 1750E is not quite as inexpensive, but it is blessed with features and speed. I bought this because it impresses with a transfer rate of 1.300 Mbit / s in the 5 GHz network, which all newer Apple devices such as the MacBook, iMac, iPhone or iPad support. The maximum data rate in the 2,4 GHz network is 450 Mbit / s, so that you already have a great speed advantage here if the devices can use the 5 GHz network. For everyone else, the repeater also opens a 2,4 GHz network - that's why the description says DUAL-WLAN. But that also costs more than "dual" - namely approx. 75 EUR (you can order it here). For people who constantly use the WLAN (stream music and films, move a lot of data back and forth, often use Dropbox or work with large emails) and have up-to-date devices, the repeater is certainly the better choice.
The procedure is pretty simple and easy to explain. Here are the steps you have to take so that the two devices find each other and pair:
The connection quality between the repeater and the Fritz! Box is always displayed on the repeater. It is worthwhile to test a little bit here in the apartment where you have the best connection, because this naturally has a strong influence on the speed when surfing or streaming.
Trying it out is very easy, however, because the Fritz! Repeater retains all WLAN settings when you unplug it and plug it in again.
In the Fritz! Box you can give the 5 GHz network its own name (SSID). This allows you to select the 5 GHz network specifically on the iPhone or iPad, which of course is then noticeable in a better speed.
Before doing this, you have to give the 2,4 GHz and 5 GHz networks separate names in the Fritz! Box. To do this, click in the Fritz! Box configuration (go to www.fritz.box) at the bottom of the footer on "View: Standard". This will show more options. Then you go to "WLAN" -> "Radio Network" and there you can name the two networks differently. Then select the WiFi settings in the iPhone or iOS device of your choice and connect to the 5 GHz network. Finished. :)
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.