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FRITZ!Box 7590 Review: All-Rounder with Mesh Function

User Interface

After setting up the FRITZ!box we get to the overview. It displays general information about the Internet connection, the currently connected devices, and more. If you register in the web interface, you will have the most necessary information directly in view.

Home page of the interface
In the overview we find important information directly after the login.

Internet

The point “Internet” hides various information and features that have to do exclusively with the Internet. The “Online Monitor” displays the current down and up stream, while the “Online Counter” displays the used traffic. The access data set up by the provider can be adjusted in the second item.

Several control options can be found under “Filter” and “Shares”. In the first point, the Internet connection can be completely denied to certain devices or at least limited to a certain period of time. Port releases can be switched under “Releases” and a DynDNS or VPN connection to the router can be set.

Telephony

Another point with many settings is “telephony”. We can see who we have called at some point, who has called us and if there are any missed calls. If an answering machine is desired, it can be activated here. You can also set after how many seconds this will record a message for you. The telephone book can be set up there, which the DECT telephones can access, and wake-up calls can also be stored. If you want to fax something old-fashioned, this setting can also be found here.

Home Network

Now let’s get to the really interesting points in the web interface of the FRITZ!box. In the “home network” area, we are confronted with the mesh function for the first time. It gives a brief overview of the current network. Which device is connected to which router/repeater. During testing of the 7590, we had no other mesh-enabled AVM network device in use. The 1260E powerline adapter, for example, can be integrated directly into the mesh network.

The other functions in the menu item “Home network” are quickly explained. There you will find further information about currently connected and disconnected devices. You can view the connected USB devices, make settings on the NAS function and even control AVM smart home devices.

WLAN

Who would have thought it, with a click on “WLAN” we see information about the WLAN network! Again an overview of the connected devices. If there are many different WLAN networks in the vicinity, interference may occur. This can be remedied by adjusting the radio channels; in the default setting, the router does this automatically. You can also see which channels are already occupied and how many radio networks are in the area. Of course you can also change the password here and disconnect the connected devices. For the mesh function it can still be set whether it is a master or a repeater.

View and configuration of radio channels
View and configuration of radio channels

DECT

The “DECT” item covers all settings for telephony via DECT telephones and settings for the base station. The “diagnosis” can show you the current state of the FRITZ! box as well as the internet connection.

System

In the last item “System” you get a list of the different events, such as a login in the user interface or when a device connects to the WLAN. To save the settings it is possible to create and import a backup. In addition, the updates are installed here. It is checked regularly for updates, so you can also simply activate the auto-update function.

To give inexperienced users some help, there are several wizards that will guide you step by step through the settings. So you can’t adjust anything wrong with the FRITZ! box.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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