Test: AVM FRITZ! Box 7490, modem / Internet router to do everything

This modem / router can replace your Box. it then..

This modem / router can replace your Box. it then provides additional functions such as Wi-Fi 802.11ac and sharing so NAS files

AVM FRITZ! Box 7490: the promise

For users who find that their Internet Box is not powerful enough or is proving too limited in terms of features, the FRITZ! Box 7490 the German manufacturer AVM is a modem / router that connects to the telephone network ADSL / VDSL and offers attractive features like Wi-Fi 802.11ac and NAS share USB devices. Sold approximately 220 euros, this unit made it really the difference from a traditional box and proves he easy to use?

AVM FRITZ! Box 7490: the reality

At first glance, the modem / router of the German manufacturer AVM looks like a toy because of its original form but unfortunately also because of its all-plastic design. The front features five LED status (walking, Internet, telephone, Wi-Fi network and information).

On top, two buttons enable the Wi-Fi functions / WPS, to achieve a secure Wi-Fi, DECT and to establish a connection with a digital cordless telephone.

At the rear are four Gigabit Ethernet ports, telephone jacks and three USB 3.0, supplemented by a second USB 3.0 port on the side. These ports support printers or storage devices (USB keys and hard drives) to share network.

The final decision corresponds to the telephone line ADSL, ADSL2, ADSL2 + or VDSL2. The manufacturer supplies a RJ45 network cable and a telephone cable, but no ADSL filter for telephone T outlets that are widespread. So it will buy one, knowing that it costs less than 10 euros. Wi-Fi side, the modem / router reached theoretically 450 Mbit / s rates in 802.11n and especially 1300 Mbit / s 802.11ac through the use of three antennas (MIMO).

An easy to use user interface

The strength of the FRITZ! Box 7490 is its user interface, accessible from a web browser by typing the address fritz.box. After specifying the language, a wizard fires to guide the user through the installation process which is very simple. The only limit must check with its Internet provider to ensure that other modems can be used instead of the Box sold or leased. An automatic detection mode is provided, but it is best to know the different connection settings, and especially the username and password of the Internet subscription And for experts, an advanced mode is also present for access to extensive settings.

Note that the manufacturer has provided wizards to easily implement most of the functions of the modem / router. A real plus for beginners.

The FRITZ! Box 7490 features a powerful feature to control which device connects (computer, tablet, smartphone) and restrictions. For example, a child tablet can be controlled at the time and connection duration, with the ability to filter certain sites.

Turn into a NAS drive or USB drive

With the integrated NAS function, a key or a connected USB drive on the modem / router becomes accessible by any computer on the network with the creation of account users to limit access to only certain folders.

AVM has even planned a remote access feature called MyFRITZ! This function provides access to the files of the FRITZ! Box 7490 from a simple browser and just requires user registration phase from the administration interface

Finally, the modem / router also serves as a UPnP / DLNA media server. The media files (music, photos, videos) contained in NAS mode becomes available streaming from any network device.