Updated 19 Dec 2017

Fritz!Box (supplied by 2degrees)

7490

Bottom line: This dual-band router supplied by 2degrees has very good incoming fibre speeds and OK VDSL speeds at 500m. Its outgoing WiFi 5GHz speeds are very good, while 2.4GHz speeds are OK. Where you place this router can be important - when obstructed, its 5GHz band suffered a 16% drop in speed, the largest in our test. It's easy to use, but the WAN port for connecting fibre isn't labelled — it's LAN port 1.

7490
Consumer score
67
Avg price

$0

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Test results

Overall score
OK
67
WiFi performance
OK
6.8/10
Ease of use and setup
OK
6.4/10
Security
OK
6.8/10

Good points

  • OK VDSL speeds at 500m.
  • Very good fibre speeds.
  • OK WiFi performance on 2.4GHz.
  • Very good WiFi performance on 5GHz.
  • OK to use and setup.
  • Good security.
  • Very good parental controls.
  • OK documentation provided.
  • Has a guest network which is enabled by default.
  • Can be mounted on the wall.
  • Has 2 USB ports.
  • Can be used with a 3G/4G USB device.

But

No obvious bad points.

How we test

Overall score includes:

WiFi performance (60%) – measured at 4m and 10m from the router with the router and laptop in line of sight from each other. We calculated the speeds, in megabits per second (Mbps), by timing how long it took to transfer a 1.1GB file from a network attached storage (NAS) device, connected to the router, to a laptop over WiFi. We repeated the test 3 times on each band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and at each distance. The speeds from both distances were averaged and scored compared to the speeds expected for the WiFi standards they were using.

Ease of use and setup (20%) – based on an assessment of set up and how easy the device is to use including monitoring and managing network access and changing default settings (service set identifier (SSID), network key/password, encryption and WiFi protected set-up (WPS) settings). We also looked at the ease of accessing advanced functions such as guest networks, virtual private network (VPN), attached external media and parental control tools.

Security (20%) – looked at whether the networks were encrypted, how easy it was to identify them by SSID, and the security of the network key/password.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$0

Speeds

Fibre
8.0
ADSL/VDSL performance 200m
7.5
ADSL/VDSL performance 500m
6.3
ADSL/VDSL performance 1000m
1.3
ADSL/VDSL performance 1500m
0.0
Vectoring speed increase
40%
WiFi performance 2.4GHz
5.5
WiFi performance 5GHz
8.0
Obstruction 2.4GHz
Nominal interference from obstruction
Obstruction 5GHz
Noticeable interference from obstruction
Load test
Moderate drop in load test speeds
Channel switching ability
OK at channel switching

Specifications

ADSL
Yes
VDSL
Yes
Fibre
Yes
WiFi bands (GHz)
2.4 & 5
Antennas
None external
Antenna placement
n/a
Dimensions (WxDxH) [mm]
242x173x60
Weight (g)
490

Features

MIMO support
×
Beamforming support
×
Ethernet LAN ports
4 though one is the WAN port
VOIP/Phone ports
3
USB ports
2
Media sharing via USB
DLNA
×
Installation wizard
Quality of Service
Parental controls
Parental control features
Time scheduling, block websites and block or enable device access.
Firewall
Guest network WiFi
Yes
WPS support
3G/4G passthrough
VOIP
Wall mountable

More Info

Notes
Comes with a VOIP phone.

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