8 different FRITZ!Boxes in comparison – find your best Fritz!Box for a good internet connection – our test resp. guide 2021


It is impossible to imagine most households without networks. Even before the Corona pandemic, the Internet was part of many people’s lives. Home office has increased the demand for stable and fast internet connections even more. Without Internet access and WLAN connection, computers or mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets are of limited use. Smart home devices such as smart TVs or radiator controls are increasingly popular.

In short, routers are booming because they enable access to the Internet. The routers from the company AVM enjoy great popularity in the form of the FRITZ!Box. The devices stand for quality and user-friendliness. It is not easy to find your way through AVM’s wide range of routers and find the FRITZ!Box that suits your needs. All models are equipped with numerous functions – not everyone needs and uses all options.

The comparison therefore presents 8 FRITZ!Box models in terms of equipment, specifications and special features. The following guide explains terms that often come up in connection with routers and gives tips for setting up and for the suitable location of a FRITZ!Box. It informs about router components, provides important purchase criteria and much more. The FAQ answers frequently asked questions about routers and FRITZ!Box. It also looks at whether there are FRITZ!Box tests by Stiftung Warentest and Öko-Test.

4 user-friendly FRITZ!Boxes in a big comparison

Further comparisons around Internet telephony and Internet connection

1. AVM FRITZ!Box 7590 router with dual-band and internal memory for direct data backup

Thanks to WLAN in the N and AC versions, the dual-band FRITZ!Box 7590 router from AVM enables a maximum data transfer rate of 1,733 megabits per second in the 5 gigahertz band and a maximum data transfer of 800 megabits per second in the 2.4 gigahertz band. Dual-band means that the router can use both frequency bands simultaneously. The unit of measurement gigahertz refers to the frequency range or the bandwidth when processing signals. The higher the frequency band, the higher the bandwidth, but the shorter the range.

AVM FRITZ!Box 7590 Frontansicht
AVM FRITZ!Box 7590 Anschlüsse The FRITZ!Box 7590 from AVM can be used with various connection types for DSL, such as ADSL, ADSL2+ and VDSL, VDSL-Supervectoring 35b is supported. Several computers or game consoles can be connected to four Gigabit LAN sockets. Furthermore, the FRITZ!Box has two USB 3.0 ports. USB is suitable for connecting printers or an external hard drive. With the help of DECT, it is possible to connect up to six telephones.

The AVM FRITZ!Box 7590 supports MESH WLAN and MU-MIMO. At the same time, the router is one of the few modern models that can be connected to an analogue telephone line or an ISDN line. In addition to the router, the scope of delivery includes a power supply unit, one telephone connection cable and one cable each for DSL, one cable for LAN, a TAE/RJ45 adapter as well as a TAE/RJ11 adapter and an installation manual.

This prevents a “data jam” when several users access the network. A wireless access point serves as a communication center for end devices that connect wirelessly in a network. In routers for domestic use, the wireless access point is usually integrated into the device. Further terms from the router world are explained in the guide following the product comparison.

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2nd AVM router FRITZ!Box 7530 with voice and fax-to-mail as well as NAS for central data storage

The AVM router FRITZ!Box 7530 is a dual-band router, it uses the 2.4 and 5 gigahertz band simultaneously. The router achieves data transfer rates of up to 400 and 866 megabits per second. It supports MU-MIMO technology and Wi-Fi 5 – that is, the standard WLAN AC and N. At the same time, the FRITZ!Box 7530 is a telephone system for fixed-line telephony and Internet with voice-to-mail and fax-to-mail.

The MESH WLAN is supposed to ensure good transmission. Thanks to MESH, the router spans a WLAN network consisting of several network components, so that an area-wide good WLAN without gaps should be possible. It offers connections for DSL such as ADSL, ADSL2+ and VDSL. If you want to use the FRITZ!Box 7530 as a NAS, you can connect an external storage medium, such as a stick or an external hard disk, to the router via USB 3.0. With the help of the FRITZ! OS operating system, the storage medium becomes a real network storage device.

Up to six cordless phones can be connected to the FRITZ! 7530 router via DECT. After activating the function and connecting a storage medium via USB, the router acts as a media server. If desired, music, films or photos can be forwarded and played back within the network to suitable end devices such as computers, televisions, smartphones, tablets or the hi-fi system. In addition to the FRITZ! Router 7530, the scope of delivery includes a power supply unit, one cable each for DLS and LAN, and an installation manual.

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3. router FRITZ!Box 6591 Cable from AVM especially for cable connection with modern transmission standard

The AVM FRITZ!Box 6591 Cable router can only be connected to a cable connection. This applies to all FRITZ!Box models with the addition “Cable”. In all Cable FRITZ!Boxes a modem (cable modem) is integrated, which is mandatory for the processing of the data. The devices are not suitable for a connection with DSL or VDSL. The device uses the modern DOCSIS 3.1 transmission standard and is downward compatible with DOCSIS 3.0.

The model falls under the heading of dual-band router and sends and receives data simultaneously via the 2.4 and 5 gigahertz band. The FRITZ!Box uses MU-MIMO technology and transmits at maximum speeds of 1,733 and 800 megabits per second. As a telephone system and base for DECT, up to six cordless phones can be connected. Four Gigabit LAN ports are available to connect computers or game consoles to the router via LAN and the appropriate cable.

Set up as a media server, the AVM FRITZ!Box 6591 Cable distributes films, photos and music in the home network to computers, tablets or the music system. There are two ports with USB 3.0 for connecting a storage medium for this content. In addition to the router, the delivery includes a power supply unit, a cable for LAN, an RJ12/TAE adapter and an installation manual.

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4. AVM FRITZ!Box 7430 Router for IP-based telephone connections and with fast Fast Ethernet

According to the manufacturer, the FRITZ!Box 7430 is specially designed for IP-based telephone connections from Deutsche Telekom or other providers. The AVM router is suitable as a telephone system for Voice-over-IP. Thanks to DECT, up to six cordless phones can be connected. In addition, there is a socket for connecting an analogue telephone. Alternatively, it is possible to connect an analog fax or an analog answering machine.

The modem of the FRITZ!Box 7430 from AVM is a VDSL and ADSL/ADSL2+ modem. The router operates in the 2.4 gigahertz frequency band and uses WLAN N. The data transfer rate has a maximum speed of 450 megabits per second. Those who want to use their router as a media server can do so with the device.

A port with USB 2.0 offers the possibility to connect corresponding storage media. The connected devices can play music and videos on demand, for example on the TV set or audio files on a music system. In addition to the router, the scope of delivery includes a power supply unit, one cable each for DLS and LAN, and a quick start guide.

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5. versatile AVM router FRITZ!Box 6660 Cable with Wi-Fi 6 for high transmission speeds

The AVM FRITZ!Box 6660 Cable is a pure cable router. Cable FRITZ!Boxes are equipped with a modem to process the data. These AVM routers are not suitable for DSL or VDSL. The 6660 Cable router is equipped with a DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem, which is downward compatible with DOCSIS 3.0. According to the manufacturer, the device is compatible with all cable connections including those of the mobile phone provider Vodafone (British company with German subsidiary) and the cable network operator Unitymedia (belongs to the Vodafone Group).

As a telephone system via Voice-over-IP, the router is compatible with all telephones – analogue, DECT and IP telephones, according to the manufacturer. With the help of DECT, it is possible to connect up to six cordless phones. The FRITZ!Box Cable 6660 has four Gigabit LAN ports and one 2.5 Gigabit LAN port. A UPnP AV turns the router into a media server if desired. In addition to the router, the scope of delivery includes a power supply unit, a coaxial cable, cables for LAN and an installation manual.

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6. router FRITZ!Box 4040 from AVM with optional Internet access via mobile radio for more flexible use

The dual-band router supports the standard WLAN AC and N. In the 2.4 gigahertz band, the data transfer rate is a maximum of 400 megabits per second, in the 5 gigahertz band, the device achieves data transfer rates of up to 866 megabits per second. The AVM router FRITZ!Box 4040 is versatile. It can be connected to a cable modem as well as to a DSL or fiber optic modem. In addition, the device offers four Gigabit LAN ports to connect computers or game consoles to the router via cable.

To set up Internet access with the FRITZ! Box 4040 from AVM using a stick for mobile communications, it must be compatible with LTE or UMTS/HSPA. On the FRITZ!Box user interface, the option “Mobile” is selected under the item “Internet”. For a permanent Internet connection using the mobile network, the option “Internet access via mobile network active” must be activated.

The router offers one interface each for USB 3.0 and 2.0 for connecting printers or storage media. The storage media can serve as a source for the FRITZ!Box if it is used as a media server. For NAS use, it is alternatively possible to connect an external hard disk. The corresponding option is provided by the FRITZ!OS operating system. In addition to the AVM FRITZ! Box 4040, the scope of delivery includes a power supply unit, a service card, a network cable and a quick start guide.

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7. AVM FRITZ!Box 6890 – stationary LTE router with possible Internet access via DSL or LTE

The LTE router FRITZ!Box 6890 from AVM is suitable for connecting up to four devices via cable, for example computers or game consoles. USB 3.0 is also available for connecting a storage medium or a printer. If you want to use the FRITZ!Box as a media server, you can set it up accordingly via the user interface.

The FRITZ!Box 6890 LTE is not mobile, because the model is a stationary system. Seven LTE and two UMTS frequencies are available to the device. This allows the router to achieve transmission speeds of up to 300 megabits per second. UMTS stands for Universal Mobile Telecommunication Systems. The mobile communications standard is known as 3G.

As a DSL router, the FRITZ!Box also supports VDSL with VDSL-Supervectoring 35b in addition to ADSL and ADSL2+. The dual-band router operates in the 2.4 and 5 gigahertz frequency bands. With WLAN AC and N, it achieves maximum data transfer rates of 800 megabits per second and 1,733 megabits per second, respectively, using MU-MIMO technology.

As with almost all AVM routers, a telephone system is integrated, which enables voice-to-mail and fax-to-mail, among other things. Two analogue interfaces are available for stationary desktop devices and, in addition to analogue telephony, use with an ISDN connection is also possible. There is also DECT for connecting up to six cordless telephones. The FRITZ!Box 6890 LTE comes with a power supply unit, a DSL telephone connection cable, two LTE antennas that can be screwed on externally, one cable each for DSL and for LAN, a TAE/RJ45 adapter, a TAE/RJ11 adapter and an installation manual.

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8. AVM FRITZ!Box 6820 – affordable LTE router with Gigabit LAN output and WLAN N

In contrast to its big brother 6890, the Fritz!Box 6820 is a pure LTE router without an integrated DSL or cable modem. Especially price-conscious buyers can buy it without hesitation if they can do without add-ons like IP telephony or media servers. The router supports both LTE and UMTS, but the new 5G network is not included here. WLAN N ensures fast data transfers with up to 450 MBit per second, but only in the 2.4 gigahertz network.

The router is equipped with a Gigabit LAN port for computers, game consoles or TV sets. With the help of a switch, the wired network can be expanded as desired. The scope of delivery includes a 1.5-meter LAN cable, the power supply unit and a multilingual quick reference guide. A detailed user manual is, as usual nowadays, available on the manufacturer’s website.

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What is a FRITZ!Box or a router?

The FRITZ!Box is a router. The device connects to the Internet and brings the worldwide data network into your own four walls. To do this, the router needs a modem. Usually the modem is integrated into the router, at least for all routers with DSL and cable. There are different types of routers:

  1. LAN routers: with these simple routers, a connection is only possible via cable. All end devices have to be connected to the router with a LAN cable. Larger distances between the router and the end device cannot be bridged without longer, usually disruptive cable connections. Mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets cannot be connected. Pure LAN routers are rare these days.
  2. WLAN router: A WLAN router provides wireless access to the Internet. This not only enables the integration of mobile devices into the home network. For example, if you want to stream movies via a stick, there is no way around WLAN.
  3. DSL router: A DSL router is required to access the Internet via DSL. A DSL modem is required for the connection, which is usually installed in the DSL router.
  4. LTE router: LTE routers use the LTE network (mobile network). In doing so, the router can access different mobile network providers as long as a 4G network is available. Some LTE routers also have an integrated DSL modem. An LTE router is useful in areas where DSL is slow and cable or fibre is not available as an alternative.
  5. Cable router: A cable router connects to the Internet using the cable TV connection, provided that broadband Internet access has been installed. It is not possible to connect a pure DSL router to a cable connection. Conversely, connecting a cable router to a DSL connection does not work either.
  6. Fiber optic routers: High data transfer rates can be expected when using fiber optics. The technology is modern, but the fiber optic network in Germany is not yet developed nationwide.


FRITZ!Box Vergleich Why the FRITZ!Box is so popular

If you want fast Internet, sooner or later you will come across a FRITZ!Box when looking for a router. The routers from the German manufacturer AVM have been market leaders for years. The devices can be operated intuitively, which is a great advantage for laymen when it comes to DSL or cable connections. No network knowledge is required to set up a FRITZ!Box. In most cases, simply plugging it in is enough and the device sets up the network at the push of a button.

In addition, FRITZ!Box routers offer a wide range of functions, which are constantly being expanded through regular updates of the FRITZ!OS operating system. Even complex functions such as setting up the FRITZ!Box as a media server or NAS can be managed with the clear user interface without much prior knowledge. Switching from one FRITZ!Box model to another is easy. All routers work with the same operating system, so that usually everyone can find their way around immediately after switching.

The most important advantages and disadvantages of FRITZ!Boxes compared to other routers

  • Very user-friendly
  • Often intuitive to use
  • Usually high performance and quality
  • Wide range of functions
  • Easy changeover thanks to the uniform operating system
  • Regular updates
  • Partially higher purchase price than other routers
  • With demanding router functions partly overtaxed or cumbersome

Basic terms from the router world simply explained

In the glossary at the end of the guide, you will find some explanations of terms related to routers. The following section explains some of them in more detail and also explains other basic terms from the router world.

DSL is one of the fast broadband Internet accesses, along with LTE and cable. In addition to broadband access, there is also slower narrowband access. In addition to the analogue modem and the ISDN connection, this category includes the mobile connections UMTS, EDGE and GPRS. In order to use DSL, a contract with an Internet provider is required in addition to a DSL modem and a splitter. The provider switches the DSL connection to an existing telephone or TV cable network connection.

Die beste FRITZ!Box DSL is now a generic term for various forms of transmission such as VDSL, ADSL, ADSL2+ and SDSL. These transmission forms differ primarily in terms of data transmission speed:

  • ADSL: ADSL stands for Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line. In this case, asymmetric means that the download speed is higher than the upload speed. ADSL uses copper cable technology and achieves a maximum bandwidth of 16,000 kilobits per second.
  • ADSL2+: The difference between ADSL and ADSL2+ is that the latter form of transmission uses a combination of copper and fiber optic cables. This increases the transmission speed to up to 18,000 kilobits per second.
  • SDSL: SDSL is the abbreviation for Symmetric Digital Subscriber Line. Unlike ADSL, download and upload speeds are the same. The symmetry increases the performance. A maximum bandwidth of 40,000 kilobits per second is possible.
  • VDSL: VDSL is the abbreviation for Very High Speed Digital Subscriber Line. For data transmission, fiber optic technology is combined with copper lines. The bandwidth ranges between 25,000 and 100,000 kilobits per second. VDSL can only be used with a VDSL router.

FFTH is considered the standard of the future. Fibre to the home, as the abbreviation stands, is still very expensive. The technology involves laying fibre-optic cables from a central point to individual homes to enable access at top speed. Connection speeds of 100,000 to 200,000 kilobits per second are said to be possible.

Almost every router these days is equipped with a firewall. This is a security system that monitors the data traffic of a local network and protects it from unwanted access.

In a conventional network, the router is responsible for distributing the WLAN signal to all connected devices. In some areas of a home, reception may be poorer. A MESH network spans a network and connects several stations. Repeaters do not simply forward a signal in a MESH WLAN, but are stations themselves that serve both as transmitters and receivers by direct control. In this way, a MESH network enables equally good data transmission rates via WLAN everywhere.

The ping value provides information about the speed of the connection via DSL. The Packet Internet Groper program – for which the abbreviation Ping stands – checks the reachability of the data transmission destination and how quickly the data gets there. The lower the ping value, the faster the transmission.

Encryption of data sent over a network protects against unauthorized access. There are the encryption standards WEP, WPA and WPA2. WPA2 – which stands for Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 – uses AES and is considered a secure encryption standard. Meanwhile, the further development WPA3 is available. The Advanced Encryption Standard, which stands for AES, is an encryption method that is considered very secure.

WLAN can be used over two frequency ranges: 2.4 and 5 gigahertz. A dual-band router can use both frequencies and also set up two independent networks using the different frequencies.

There are several WLAN standards that differ from each other in terms of their data transmission rates. The oldest standard is IEEE 802.11. Newer standards were identified by a letter extension. Thus, the WLAN standards IEEE 802.11 a, b, g, n and ac were developed. Currently the fastest is the AC standard = IEEE 802.11ac. This further development allows high transmission rates of up to 1,300 megabits per second. By comparison, the predecessor IEEE 802.11n allows data transfer of up to 150 megabits per second. However, WLAN-AC requires a 5 gigahertz band.

WPS stands for Wi-Fi Protected Setup and makes it easier to establish a WLAN connection between the router and a device. It is enough to press the WPS button on the router and the device will establish the connection on its own. WPS is often used to pair the router and repeater.

The advantage of high bandwidth

If you install a router, you can use it to do more than just access the Internet. With a router, you can set up your own home network. Different devices are connected to each other and communicate with each other via data exchange. The exchange can take place wirelessly via WLAN or wired with a LAN cable.

The more devices are integrated into the home network and the more data is transferred back and forth, the more important a high bandwidth is. Therefore, when purchasing a router, a data transfer rate in the gigahertz range should be considered. A high transfer rate enables the fast sending and receiving of large amounts of data.


FRITZ!Box bestellen The components of a router

A router offers several connections. There are always ports for LAN in different numbers and a WAN port. The LAN ports are used to connect end devices via LAN cable to set up a LAN network. The WAN port is more or less the entry point for the Internet into the residential unit. WAN stands for Wide Area Network. At the port, the router is connected to the splitter, which is usually installed by the DSL provider.

In addition to these ports, many routers are also equipped with some ports for USB. These ports are suitable for connecting printers or external drives to the router. Then access to the devices is possible from all computers that are connected to the network – whether via cable or wirelessly via WLAN.

Some models have one, two or three visible and detachable antennas. Depending on their placement, they can be individually aligned to improve the signal. Last but not least, a router has a port for a power cord. A router must be connected to the mains for it to work.


Achtung: Das sollten Sie wissen! Which FRITZ!Box for DSL, cable, fibre and LTE?

When choosing the right FRITZ!Box, the transmission path used to access the Internet is of interest. For a better overview, here is a list of the individual FRITZ!Box models according to their suitability for ADSL, VDSL, DSL Supervectoring 35b, cable, LTE and fiber optic. There is also an overview of FRITZ!Boxes for analogue fixed network and ISDN connection as well as models without DECT.

  • FRITZ!Box 7590
  • FRITZ!Box 7560
  • FRITZ!Box 7530
  • FRITZ!Box 7490
  • FRITZ!Box 7430
  • FRITZ!Box 3490
  • FRITZ!Box 6890
  • FRITZ!Box 7590
  • FRITZ!Box 7530
  • FRITZ!Box 6890
  • FRITZ!Box 6591 Cable
  • FRITZ!Box 6660 Cable
  • FRITZ!Box 6490 Cable
  • FRITZ!Box 6430 Cable
  • FRITZ!Box 6890
  • FRITZ!Box 6850
  • FRITZ!Box 6820
  • FRITZ!Box 5490
  • FRITZ!Box 5491
  • FRITZ!Box 5530 Fiber
  • FRITZ!Box 5550
  • FRITZ!Box 6850 5G
  • FRITZ!Box 3490
  • FRITZ!Box 4040
  • FRITZ!Box 4020
  • FRITZ!Box 6820 LTE
  • FRITZ!Box 7590
  • FRITZ!Box 7490
  • FRITZ!Box 6890


Darauf sollten Sie achten Before buying – which FRITZ!Box is the right one?

Although the selection of FRITZ!Boxes is relatively small compared to the large number of routers, finding the right model is not that easy. Various criteria play a role. That’s why it makes sense to think about what requirements the router should meet before buying a FRITZ!Box. To make the decision easier, here is a summary of the most important points.

  • Purpose: A router establishes a connection to the Internet. It is also possible to set up your own home network with the help of a router. If you only surf the Internet occasionally, you can get by with a little less speed. On the other hand, if you stream music or videos frequently, you should look for a larger bandwidth. For setting up a home network with many devices, a dual-band router is recommended, which simultaneously transmits and receives on the 2.4 and 5 gigabit band.
  • Connections: Up front, check what type of router connection is given. It can make a difference whether DSL or cable is used. For connecting devices via LAN, make sure that the router is equipped with sufficient such interfaces. If you want to integrate a printer without WLAN function into the network, you should pay attention to possible USB connections on the router. The same applies to the planned connection of an external hard drive as network storage.
  • WLAN: If cables are a problem or longer distances have to be covered, a connection via WLAN is a good solution. The router should have this function. How good and fast the wireless connection is depends on the data transfer speed and the WLAN standard that the router supports. The WLAN signal should be strong enough. If necessary, repeaters can improve the signal. The 802.11ac standard, also known as Wi-Fi 5, offers fast WLAN. Wi-Fi 6 (WLAN standard 802.11ax) is future-proof. AVM’s FRITZ!Box 5530 and 5550 models are supposed to meet this standard.
  • Additional options: In a large house, WLAN can reach its limits. Thick walls or steel beams make transmission even more difficult. In this case, make sure that the router offers the MESH function. The MESH WLAN improves the signal and data transmission by having the stations connected to the router act as WLAN satellites and serve as transmitters or as receivers.


Setting up TippsFRITZ!Box – a guide

Connecting and setting up a FRITZ!Box is usually easy to do without any prior knowledge of networking. The following is a step-by-step explanation of the procedure.

  1. First connect the FRITZ!Box. If you are using it as a DSL modem, connect the grey cable supplied with the FRITZ!Box to the DSL connection and plug it into the socket marked DSL/TEL on the FRITZ!Box. In the case of a cable connection, the yellow cable is used. Connect one end of the cable to the cable connection and plug the other end into the LAN port marked LAN 1 on the FRITZ!Box.
  2. Then connect the power cable to the FRITZ!Box and plug it into a power outlet. All LEDs on the FRITZ!Box will start flashing. It will take about 5 minutes for the router to boot up and be ready for setup.
  3. Next, connect the computer to the FRITZ!Box via WLAN. The FRITZ!Box now appears on the computer under the available networks. The network has the same name as the FRITZ!Box model. After selecting the router, enter the WLAN password to establish a connection. For the first connection, use the preset WLAN password. This is the 16-digit numeric code that is on the bottom or side of the router next to the “WLAN network key (WPA2)” entry.
  4. When the computer is connected to the WLAN, open the FRITZ!Box user interface in the browser by entering fritz.box in the URL line. When logging in for the first time, it is possible to freely select a password for accessing the administration interface. This is not the WLAN password, but an individually defined password. It allows you to log in again later on the user interface of the FRITZ!Box. It is therefore important to make a note of the password or to remember it well.
  5. A setup wizard that starts automatically helps you to set up the FRITZ!Box for the first time. The wizard guides you through the most important settings, such as selecting the Internet provider. Click on “Next” to proceed with the individual steps. The wizard reports when the router setup is complete and the FRITZ!Box is ready for use.


Das sollten Sie sich merken! FRITZ!Box Setting up guest access – this is how it works

Setting up a guest access allows guests and visitors to use the WLAN without having access to the devices in the home network. There are two ways to set up this extra Internet access as guest access on the FRITZ!Box. One requires you to enter a password to access the WLAN, while the other option does not require a password. The setup of both options is explained below.

  • The setup is done with the FRITZ!Box user interface. If it is opened in the browser, the corresponding option can be found under “WLAN” after logging in. After clicking on “Guest access”, activate the option “Private WLAN guest access”.
  • Assign a name to the guest access under “Name of the WLAN guest access (SSID)”. Under the name, the network will be displayed to visitors in the list of available WLAN networks on the smartphone or tablet. The default name is “FRITZ!Box Guest Access”, but the network can also be given an individual name.
  • In the drop-down lists, the encryption method – for example WPA2 – and a WLAN network key or password must be specified. The password must be at least eight characters long and should contain numbers, upper and lower case letters and other characters.
  • Once the setup is complete, guests can use the guest WLAN access after entering the password.
  • The setup of a public WLAN hotspot also takes place using the user interface of the FRITZ!Box. Instead of selecting the “private WLAN guest access” option, activate the “public WLAN hotspot” function.
  • In the next step, the new network for WLAN is again given a name, the entry for which is made in the “Name of the WLAN guest access (SSID)” field. The default setting is “FRITZ! Hotspot”, but the name is freely selectable.
  • A little further down the page, click on “Additional settings” to open additional setting options. For example, “Restrict Internet applications” can be used to prevent certain paid applications from being used for guest access.
  • Click on “Apply” to apply the settings. Visitors can now dial into the WLAN network without a password.


FRITZ!Boxen Test und Vergleich FRITZ!Box – Tips on the location of the router

Many people place the router near their cable or DSL connection. This is convenient because only a short cable connection is required. However, when choosing a location to set up a WLAN network, the positioning of the connection should not be the decisive factor. It is better to place the router centrally in the home. Then the device can distribute the WLAN signal well in all directions and reception is guaranteed throughout the entire apartment. A possibly necessary longer connection cable is usually the lesser evil for this purpose.

After choosing a suitable location, there are a few more aspects to consider. For example, if the router is obscured by objects such as lamps or furniture, the obstructions will affect the signal. The windowsill with direct sunlight for large parts of the day is also not a suitable place for a router. It is also important that the ventilation slots of the router are not covered in order to dissipate the heat generated during operation.


Fragezeichen FAQ – frequently asked questions about the FRITZ!Box

With the FRITZ!Box user interface, it is possible to intuitively configure the router, identify problems and often solve them. The homepage can be opened via a browser on a PC, smartphone as well as on a tablet. To get to the user interface, it is only necessary to enter the URL http://fritz.box in the URL line of the browser. Alternatively, it is possible to enter the IP address as a URL. In the factory settings, it is preset with http://192.168.178.1.

To view or change the configuration of the FRITZ!Box, a login is required. The access data for the first login are specified in the operating instructions of the FRITZ!Box. The first time you log in, you will be prompted to enter the factory-set password. In most cases, this is “0000”. The password can be changed at any time in the user interface. The corresponding option is located under the three dots in the upper right corner.

The FRITZ!Box user interface indicates whether a FRITZ!OS update is available. In this case, it is possible to install the update at the same location. The corresponding function is hidden after logging in to the user interface under the menu item “System”. From here, continue with “Update” and click on “Search for new FRITZ!OS” to check for an update. If it is available, it will be installed automatically by clicking on “Start update now”.

In some cases, it is necessary to reset the router, for example to solve a problem or if the password has been forgotten. A reset resets the router to the factory settings. Unlike many other routers, not all FRITZ!Boxes have a reset button on the housing. There are several ways to reset FRITZ!Box routers:

  1. Reset by reset button: older FRITZ!Boxes still have a reset button. It is usually located on the back of the device. The operating instructions provide information about the exact position. Since the button is small and recessed in the housing, it can only be pressed with the tip of a ballpoint pen.
  2. Reset by phone: Modern FRITZ!Box models do not have a reset button. In this case, the reset is performed using the telephone, provided one is connected. To do this, the FRITZ!Box must be restarted. This is done by disconnecting the router from the mains, connecting a telephone and then reconnecting the FRITZ!Box to the mains. As soon as the router has booted up and at least the power LED is permanently lit, enter the key sequence #991*15901590* on the telephone. After entering the last asterisk, a beep should be heard on the phone. After hanging up the phone, the FRITZ!Box is reset to factory settings. The reset is indicated by all LEDs on the router lighting up simultaneously. As soon as the WLAN LED lights up permanently, the process is complete.
  3. Reset via user interface: After logging in, the reset can be performed via the FRITZ!Box user interface in the browser. The corresponding function can be found in the menu on the left side under the item “System” and the sub-item “Backup”. The “Factory settings” tab appears at the top of the screen. After clicking on it and then on “Load factory settings”, the FRITZ!Box is reset.

Which LEDs should light up on the FRITZ!Box during operation?

The LEDs on the router indicate whether everything is working and whether there is an Internet connection. If the LED next to Power/DSL is lit continuously, the Internet connection is active. If the LED next to WLAN is also lit, this means that a WLAN connection is possible.

Where can I buy a FRITZ!Box?

If you have made your choice for a certain FRITZ!Box, you are well served by ordering it on the Internet. FRITZ!Boxes are available for purchase on numerous online platforms – either new or used at a slightly lower price. The purchase can be made from the comfort of your sofa at home, there are no time restrictions due to normal business hours or Sundays and public holidays. In addition, there is a large selection of FRITZ!Box models.

Another advantage is that the product is delivered to the buyer’s door within a few days. It is not possible to inspect the product on site. However, when buying new goods from an online retailer, there is a 14-day right of withdrawal with return of the purchase price – in most cases, the manufacturer will cover the costs of the return shipment.

  • Large selection of different FRITZ!Box models
  • Purchase around the clock and on Sundays and holidays
  • Convenient home delivery
  • 14-day right of withdrawal
  • No expert advice
  • Delivery can take several days depending on the seller
  • FRITZ!Box cannot be inspected directly before purchase
  • Complaints are sometimes difficult when buying online

Local specialist retailers often offer an installation service or cooperate with a specialist who takes care of the installation. Another advantage of the specialist retailer is the direct complaint if there is a defect in the router. In such a case, depending on the goodwill of the dealer, the FRITZ! box can be replaced at short notice. If you want to buy a FRITZ! box from a specialist retailer, you have to reckon with travel distances, specified shopping times and possible waiting times in the shop. In addition, there is usually a smaller selection at higher prices.

  • Possible expert advice from trained personnel
  • No surrender of personal data – at least not with cash payment
  • Examination of the FRITZ!Box before purchase
  • Buying locally supports the retail trade
  • Bound to opening hours when buying
  • More time-consuming due to travel times
  • No 14-day right of withdrawal
  • Less choice
  • Mostly higher prices


Tipps & Hinweise Has Stiftung Warentest carried out a FRITZ!Box test?

Stiftung Warentest’s tests are a popular source of information among consumers when it comes to purchasing all kinds of everyday devices. The consumer organization is known for its independent and detailed tests. In the spring of 2020, Stiftung Warentest did not exclusively conduct a FRITZ!Box test, but did test WLAN routers with eight DSL and cable routers, in which three models from AVM were also represented in addition to routers from Asus, Telekom and TP-Link. The results of the test can be read here for a small fee.

In addition, the WLAN repeater test of Stiftung Warentest from 2018 can be interesting. Repeaters improve WLAN quality when the signal has to overcome longer distances. Anyone interested in the test can get all further information here. Another test of the consumer organization from June 2021 deals with VPN providers. All details about this test can be found on this page.

Is there a FRITZ!Box test from Öko-Test?

The consumer magazine Öko-Test publishes helpful tests from various areas of everyday life. So far Öko-Test has not dedicated itself to the various routers from AVM and has not carried out a FRITZ!Box test. The consumer magazine has also not yet published a general router test with devices from different manufacturers. Should the experts from Öko-Test deal with FRITZ!Boxes in the future and publish a test result, the guide will inform about it here.

Until then, some interesting articles from Öko-Test are recommended, which have to do with Internet connections in a broader sense. One article deals with the Internet and climate change and provides tips on how to improve the CO2 balance when surfing and streaming. Those looking to connect a phone with DECT to their FRITZ!Box may be interested in Öko-Test’s 2019 cordless phone test. The test results are available here.


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References

Fritz!Boxes list 2021: Find your best Fritz!Box

  • AVM FRITZ!Box 7590 Router


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