AVM is one of the best known manufacturers of routers in the German speaking area. This alone is reason enough for us to have a closer look at their Fritz!Box 7590. Apparently we're curious to find out whether it's so easy to setup and if it can keep up with the promises regarding sheer performance.
The German manufacturer AVM, who has become famous over the past 20 years with their modems, routers and other network components is the maker of the so call Fritz!Box. Most of you might know this product name and today we're going to have a close look at what their Fritz!Box 7590 has to offer. This particular router should be pretty simple to setpu and apart from that it should also offer a lot of flexibility in terms of configuration options.
Features / Setup
- VDSL or ADSL line
- All-IP, analog or ISDN landline
- 4 x gigabit Ethernet, WAN via LAN 1 port
- Wireless AC with up to 1733 Mbit/s
- Wireless N with up to 800 Mbit/s
- 2 USB 3.0 ports for printers and storage media
- DECT base station for up to six handsets
- ISDN S0 bus for ISDN telephones or ISDN telephone system
- 2 a/b ports for analog telephones, answering machines and fax
- DSL router with firewall/NAT, DHCP server, DynDNS client, UPnP AV
- VDSL or ADSL line with optional analog or ISDN landline network
- Supports 300 Mbit VDSL lines with full vectoring
- Use of existing Internet connections via LAN and wireless LAN
- Router operation even at a cable modem, glass fiber connection or with a 3G/4G dongle (LTE/UMTS/HSPA)
- Support for IPv6
- Stateful Packet Inspection Firewall with port forwarding
- Secure remote access over the Internet with VPN (IPSec)
- Wireless networks compliant with 802.11ac (up to 1733 Mbit/s gross; 5 GHz) and 802.11n (up to 800 Mbit/s gross; 2.4 GHz)
- Compatible with Wireless 802.11g, b and a
- Secure ex works with WPA2 encryption
- AVM Stick & Surf: automatic security for wireless surfing
- WLAN pushbutton (to switch wireless LAN on/off manually)
- Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
- Wireless guest access – secure surfing for friends and visitors
- Wireless network range extended through repeater function
- Wireless auto channel: Automated search for wireless LAN radio channel free of interference
- Green AP mode for optimum performance at minimum power consumption
- Telephone systems with DECT base station for up to 6 cordless telephones
- Voice transmission encrypted upon delivery
- ISDN S₀ bus for connecting ISDN telephones/ISDN telephone system
- 2 a/b ports for connecting analog telephones, answering machines and fax
- Supports HD telephony for natural sound
- DECT Eco: Radio network switches off ergonomically
- 5 integrated answering machines featuring voice-to-mail
- Fax function including e-mail forwarding (fax-to-mail)
- Call diversion, internal calls, three-party conferencing, call transfer
- Call blocks, alarm, baby monitor, VIP calls and Do not Disturb
- Internet telephony SIP-compliant in accordance with RFC 3261
- Registration of IP telephones (LAN/WLAN) SIP-compliant
- FRITZ!App Fon for telephony with Apple iPhone (iOS4 or higher) or Google Android (2.1 or higher)
- "fritz.box": multi-language user interface, for intuitive operation via Web browser
- User interface optimized for smartphones and tablets (responsive design)
- Free updates for new functions and security
- Advanced view for special configuration options, help function with full-text search
- FRITZ!Apps for wireless LAN telephone calls in the home network, file access from on the go and more (Android and iOS)
- Smart Home features integrated in the user interface
- Smart Home devices can be switched manually and automatically both in the home network and from the Internet
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 250 x 184 x 48 mm
- Average power consumption: 9 - 10 W
- 5-year warranty
If you plug the Fritz!Box 7590 to your home network to then access it for the first time, the setup assisstent is going to be launched. It will help you to safely navigate through the divers options you're being presented during the setup process. You might hold for a brief moment when you see the question whether your DSL connection complies with Annex A or Annex B standard, should that be of any importance to you. Apart form this more technical detail everything is as simple as it gets and well explained on top. In the end the Fritz!Box 7590 is very easy to setup and it will therefore work flawlessly straight out of the box, as long as you do not have a network topology that requires you to deactivate the Fritz!Box 7590's DHCP. In this case it's highly recommended to set the Fritz!Box 7590 up in a separate subnet. That way you can ensure you always have access to it, which is the case as long as you always do what the device tells you to. Once you're done with the basic setup process, which in this case should not take you any longer than five minutes, you then might want to do some googling to find wheren and how to deactivate the DHCP. If you jump the gun and think you're smart enough to find the right setting, we can tell you that it's pretty hidden and to part also bit couter intuitive. For such application we would have love the option of an "Expert Mode", which you can select before starting the setup assisstent, to then configure everything manually.
Performance test wired
Throughput Ethernet Average
Throughput Ethernet Maximum
Throughput Ethernet Minimum
If we connect to systems to the Fritz!Box 7590 using the 1Gbit Ethernet ports and then start our tests we find that the throughput when writing tops out at 48 MB/s writing and 96 MB/s reading. Read speeds are as expected but in the case of the write speeds would have wished for more. Both test systems have been equipped with a PCIe SSD to completely eliminate the possibility of the bottlenecking.
Performance test wireless
Throughput WiFi Average
Throughput WiFi Maximum
Throughput WiFi Minimum
For this test we connected our target system to one of the routers Gigabit Ethernet ports, while the client was connected having established an 866 Mbit WiFi connection using the latest AC standard. Average read speed was 31 MB/s, while we again notice a drop regarding write speed hitting 21 MB/s. These values are ok, but not the creme of the crop. Both test systems have been equipped with a PCIe SSD to completely eliminate the possibility of the bottlenecking.
Network Attached Storage Tests
Throughput NAS Average
Throughput NAS Maximum
Throughput NAS Minimum
AVM equipped the Fritz!Box 7590 with a NAS feature. There are two USB ports, which can be populated with USB 3.0 devices. In order to avoid any kind of bottlenecks from the USB device, we connected a 256 Gigabyte Corsair Voyager GTX USB 3.0 Stick. Our tests revealed average write speeds of 15 MB/s and average read speeds of 33 MB/s, which is ok and a big improvement compared to the predecessor the Fritz!Box 7490. Both test systems have been equipped with a PCIe SSD to completely eliminate the possibility of the bottlenecking.
The Fritz!Box 7590 is a versatile product, which can be used as a router in any kind of home network. Regarding its basic functionality (DHCP, Firewall and Port Forwarding) it's simple and quick to setup and apart from that we appreciated the monitoring and surveillance features. Apparently this router can be used in combination with DSL, cable and Fibre-To-The-home internet connections.
If you're planning on adding the Fritz!Box 7590 to a network topology which is more complex than your usual home network, we would have loved to find the possibility to switch to an expert mode before the setup assisstent starts. Compared to the predecessor, the Fritz!Box 7490, all ethernet interfaces are set to 1 Gbit bandwidth right after the setup. In the case of the predecessor the LAN interfaces were first set to 100 Mbps and in order to achieve 1 Gbit this had to be changed manually after the setup process. What we also like to see is that the network throughput in the case of a connected and shared USB stick is much better than with the predecessor, the Fritz!Box 7490. On another note we were really impressed by the included DECT system. The fact, that you can basically run your own switchboard is a great feature and it helps to effectively block spam calls from call centers.
As we already mention the Fritz!Box 7590 is one versatile router and suitable for any kind of home network. The Fritz!Box 7590 is the right product for all those who don't have a network background but want to manage things that are bit out of the ordinary - but not more. An since this is actually what AVM intended with the Firtz!Box they've done a good job with this particular product. Checking prices we find the Fritz!Box 7590 listed over at Geizhals for EUR 266.-
, which is pretty much in-line with the competition. Overall the Fritz!Box 7590 earns good four out of five Stars.