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FRITZ!Box 7490, first test

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We just received the latest router from AVM, the FRITZ!Box 7490, which becomes the only model of this German company capable of offering speeds of 1300 Mb/s and 450 Mb/s simultaneously in both 5 and 2.4 GHz bands.

Equipped with Wi-Fi 802.11ac connectivity, it supports VDSL, ADSL2+ and ADSL technology (to optimize the signal and compensate for possible interferences) and has four LAN Gigabit ports and two USB 3.0 ports to connect printers and various storage devices.

If you want to use it with an optical fiber connection, it supports 802.1q VLAN Tagging protocol, and you can also connect a 3G adapter to have various options.

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When compared to its predecessor, the FRITZ!Box 7390 has USB 3.0 ports instead of 2.0, and a more than considerable increase in speed (the previous model reached 300 Mb/s).

A router for the Smart Home

But why does the FRITZ!Box 7490 have to cost almost 300 Euros? In addition to these features, it is known for its focus on Smart Homes.

For example, with it, we can automate various functions of a house (like interacting with smart plugs monitor webcams) or integrate up to six cordless DECT phones with its built-in base. With them, we will have a phone with HD quality (both DECT and IP, ISDN or analog devices), with encryption of voice conversations for safety, and it also features an answering machine or fax, with the ability to configure each of these elements individually.

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You can make up to three simultaneous calls or even turn off the WLAN connection of one of the phones, and it also provides access to our address book in the cloud (with support for mobile devices, for example).

Also, thanks to the WLAN Eco and DECT Eco functions, it keeps the energy consumption to a minimum (which on average is around 9.3 W).

NAS and other advanced features

Furthermore, if you connect a disk to either of its two USB 3.0 ports, you can turn it into a NAS, since the FRITZ!Box 7490 comes with its own embedded media server on the FRITZ!OS 6 operating system.

Another interesting feature is that you can create a Wi-Fi connection only for guests, isolated from the main network, which you can connect to simply by scanning a QR code (no need to enter data by hand), and the available Android and iOS apps (FRITZ! Apps) can access your data from anywhere and manage the router.

The package includes, obviously, the router (with three antennas integrated in the body for each of the bands), a 4.25-meter power cord, another LAN 1.5-meter cable and two RJ45-RJ11 adapters to connect it to the DSL line or analog phones, as well as the instruction manual (which comes in many languages).

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Installing it is quite simple: just access the website http://fritz.box, where you can configure all the parameters using a very clear interface.

In coming days we will do a more detailed review of each particular feature of the FRITZ!Box 7490,so stay tuned.

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