Sjur Usken

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The new Fritz!box 7270

I was lucky and getting my hands on the newest router from AVM, the Fritz!Box Fon WLAN 7270 (puuuhh, easy name).

When I first heard about the Fritz!Box, the exceptional thing was the ISDN interface. I’m living in Norway, and ISDN has been a great success here since the incumbent waited with DSL investments until most of us had gotten ISDN to dial-up the Internet.

The Fritz!Box has added up on it’s cool features, mentioning, ISDN (capable of either TE or NT mode), 2 analog ports, one analog port to connect to a phone line, DECT, USB 2.0 and WLAN (802.11 a/b/g/n (!!!)) running on its respective 2,4 and 5Ghz. No wonder AVM is starting to call it a “home server”!

I’m starting with the most important, VoIP. It is capable of three concurrent calls either direction and with several technologies. You can connect up to 8 ISDN phones in the ISDN port, several phones in both the analogue ports, and associate up to 6 DECT phones to the internal DECT base statin. But remember, only three calls at the same time, whatever technology used.

The Fritz!Box has built-in answering machine, built-in soft fax which sends the fax as a PDF in your e-mail. It lets you get rid of that fax machine and paper, thank you!

On the IP interfaces, It has ADSL2+, four (4) 10/100Mbit ports (why not 1000Mbit???). If you have cable modem or fiber connection, you can use the LAN1 port for Internet access instead of the built-in ADSL2+ port. It supports all protocols (like PPPoE, PPPoA, RFC1483 and more) needed for connecting up to an ISP.

What I really fancy, is the daily reports telling me how good my calls has been.

Internet Telephony Voice Transmission
This table shows detailed information about voice transmission during Internet telephony.
Duration (*) Remote Site Coding Packets (**) Lost Delay Jitter Burst Other
0:19 (300 ms) >| G.711 54921 (-) 0.0 % 14 ms 0 ms (0 %)

The web interface is even better. It has some really good and informative overviews of the different technologies. Here is the DECT overview:

Monitor the DECT system in the Fritz unit

Monitor the DECT system in the Fritz unit

The Fritz!box has a USB 2.0 USB host port. Just plug a USB harddrive into it, and you are ready. Set a (good!) password on the share and you can access it as an FTP server from all over the Internet. AVM had also added a new Samba Server feature, [delete – with a small program installed,] so you have direct access to the USB port as a network share from all of your PCs. This is excellent for a small firm that needs to share a scanner or printer.

All in all, the Fritz!box is full of technologies, enabling it to fit most of an advance home or a small firm!
I love it!

2 responses to “The new Fritz!box 7270

  1. thomas March 6, 2009 at 10:29 am

    hi sjur,

    I’m considering buying a Fritz!Box too, apparently they are going to release a new model (third quarter 2009) with a gigabyte switch.

    Could you tell me how the DECT part is working, how could I register a phone ? which model could I’ll bought ? As far as I understand I need a DECT phone without a base (except for charging) ? the Fritz!Box will be the base ?


  2. sjur March 8, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    The DECT base station is excellent. I have a Phillips (GAP compatible) DECT phone and it connected right away (you push the DECT sync button on the Fritz and then search for an Access Point on your DECT Phone) It can’t be any simpler…

    If you already have an existing wireless DECT phone with a base (and charger), then you can drop using the base and let the phone sync to the DECT base on the Fritz. You can have up to 6 phones connected to the Fritz, while maximum 2 (3 in less quality) concurrent calls.

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