I've heard a great deal about AVM's products and was very pleased when the good people at Snap Internet sent over a Fritz!Box WLAN 7340 router.
This was to go with my VDSL2 connection which has been fed into a Thomson Technicolor TG789vn router that I've been happy with. The TG789vn has been stable and performs nicely on VDSL2. Support for 17MHz profiles in the TG789vn means I get the maximum 70Mbps down and 10Mbps up as per Telecom Wholesale's configuration of the service.
Its biggest drawbacks are lack of IPv6 support which I really want now that Snap is fully dual-stack and only a single gigabit Ethernet port - the built-in switch has four 100Mbps ports too.
The Fritz!Box WLAN 7340 supports IPv6 (as well as IPv4 of course) and a raft of other features. Both the TG789vn and the WLAN 7340 are high-end devices but even so, it's impressive to see the huge amount of features residential CPE comes with these days.
Rattling them all off would make this blog post look like a spec sheet, but you know how DSL routers give you detailed information about the connection, such as line rates, attenuation, noise ratios and so forth? Well, the Fritz!Box does all that, plus things like spectrum analysis:
You get that level of detail in for other parts of the router in the very good web-based admin tool. Techie users will love the Fritz!Box, that's for sure.
Snap set up a VoIP service for me to try out on the 7340, which has a DECT base station integrated. AVM makes a neat little Fritz!fon, as per below for it, with a colour screen and HD voice support.
Like the router, the phone system has almost a ridiculous amount of features, like T38 fax, answering machine, email, web radio, podcast support and even RSS feeds. All of these are easily configured via the web admin interface but to be honest, I don't see myself using them.
Voice service is cool to have but in 2011, well. it's just another service really.
Ignoring the bevvy of features above, the voice service works just like a normal landline and that's exactly how it should be. Voice quality is good, the phone sets up the calls quickly and nobody can tell that you're using VoIP.
Overall, I like the Fritz!Box WLAN 7340. The design is a bit too Jetsons, especially compared to the TG789vn which is very stylish, but it's not too bad.
I've tried to contact AVM about getting the updated version to the 7340, the 7390; this adds 5.4GHz wireless support to the 2.4GHz one in the 7340 and also four gigabit Ethernet ports instead of two in the older model. Unfortunately, AVM's media people don't seem to respond to emails, so we'll see when and if the 7390 arrives.
The Fritz!Box and voice service are on trial only, so I don't know how much they'll cost. Internode in Australia sells the 7390 for A$469 and the 7270 for $369 with the DECT handset going for $129. Whether or not this is indicative for NZ pricing I can't say at this stage, but I think I agree with Internode MD Simon Hackett that the Fritz!Box is the best DSL residential router he's seen.
Update Figured out how to enable the telnet daemon on the WLAN 7340 - press #96*7* on the Fritz!Fon handset and press the green connect call button (not obvious, that).
Let's see what's under the hood:
BusyBox v1.16.1 (2011-02-14 11:14:59 CET) built-in shell (ash)
Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.
ermittle die aktuelle TTY
tty is "/dev/pts/0"
Console Ausgaben auf dieses Terminal umgelenkt
. : [ [[ alias bg break cd chdir command continue echo eval exec
exit export false fg getopts hash help jobs kill let local printf
pwd read readonly return set shift source test times trap true
type ulimit umask unalias unset wait
# uname -a
Linux fritz.fonwlan.box 188.8.131.52 #5 Mon Jun 6 15:10:27 CEST 2011 mips GNU/Linux
# cat /proc/cpuinfo
system type : Ikanos Fusiv Core
processor : 0
cpu model : MIPS 24Kc V4.12
BogoMIPS : 330.75
wait instruction : yes
microsecond timers : yes
tlb_entries : 64
extra interrupt vector : yes
hardware watchpoint : yes, count: 4, address/irw mask: [0x0ffc, 0x0ffc, 0x0ffb, 0x0ffb]
ASEs implemented : mips16 dsp
shadow register sets : 1
core : 0
VCED exceptions : not available
VCEI exceptions : not available
Won't post the full dmesg here, but eth1 and eth2 are Netpro Sierra Ethernet interfaces and the MIPS CPU runs at 500MHz. I am guessing this makes it based on the Ikanos Fusiv VX180 IFE-6 comms processor.
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