German product Fritz!Box from AVM is certainly not for the average user. It is a Rolls Royce product at an appropriate price. The two VoIP ADSL2+ Modem/routers are the 7390 ($399 rrp) and the 7270 ($299 rrp). To use all their features you really must consider at least one Fritz Fon DECT handset ($125 rrp). If these prices frighten you, then read no further, but if you are intrigued on how something this pricey can be great Value for Money, then read on...
Firstly, we shall refrain from repeating the spec sheets, and simply let you read them on the manufacturer's web site here. The rest of this article will concentrate on our own experiences with our very onw Fritz!Box 7390 and one Fritz Fon DECT handset. Our configuration was using a Bigpond Cable connection, although the 7390 includes an ADSL2+ modem fast enough for the famouse Australian NBN. In fact this is the very reason that Internode has decided to import these to Australia.
Some of the great features that made us choose to fork out the dollars include;
First it must be noted that AVM has employed native English speaking professional technical writers to produce documentation, the likes of which we have never seen before! They are in perfectly clear and understandable prose.
Our installtion was for a cable modem setup, so we didn't get to see the Fritz's great automatic ADSL configuration. Connections are however very easy. We knew that port LAN1 will be for the WAN connection to the cable modem, so we simply left LAN1 empty and connected our laptop to LAN2. No need to figure out the ip address for the router - it auto configures so that typing htp://fritz.box into the browser goeas straight to it. No need for looking for default passwords either, as there is none set. You can of course set it later, indeed you are encouraged to do so.
Internet setup was a synch, as the menues are well laid out, however for cable connection, you must enable "Expert" mode immediately. This exposes more settings, which you need for the setup. For simple ADSL2+ connection, you can get by without turning on the Expert functions, although we suspect that most users that spend this kind of money will want to see all the features.
Fritz uses "WLAN" to denote wireless networking. In Australia, most people are more familiar with the term WiFi, which refers to exactly the same thing. WLAN on the Fritz 7390 has a couple of nice unaccepted features:
This includes VoIP. called Internet Telephony, on the menu system, however we will give VoIP it's own heading.
Konzeption und technische Realisierung: intwerb.de