Fritz!Box 7590 Review
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Published by Marc Büchel on 26.09.17
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.

Page 1 - Introduction
Page 2 - Preview
Page 3 - Features / Setup
Page 4 - Performance test wired
Page 5 - Performance test wireless
Page 6 - Network Attached Storage Tests
Page 7 - Conclusion
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Page 1 - Introduction
Page 2 - Preview
Page 3 - Features / Setup
Page 4 - Performance test wired
Page 5 - Performance test wireless
Page 6 - Network Attached Storage Tests
Page 7 - Conclusion
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Features / Setup




Connectors



Internet




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Telephony




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Setup


  • AVM Fritz!Box 7590
  • AVM Fritz!Box 7590
  • AVM Fritz!Box 7590


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.

  • AVM Fritz!Box 7590
  • AVM Fritz!Box 7590
  • AVM Fritz!Box 7590


Page 1 - Introduction
Page 2 - Preview
Page 3 - Features / Setup
Page 4 - Performance test wired
Page 5 - Performance test wireless
Page 6 - Network Attached Storage Tests
Page 7 - Conclusion
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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.

Page 1 - Introduction
Page 2 - Preview
Page 3 - Features / Setup
Page 4 - Performance test wired
Page 5 - Performance test wireless
Page 6 - Network Attached Storage Tests
Page 7 - Conclusion
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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.

Page 1 - Introduction
Page 2 - Preview
Page 3 - Features / Setup
Page 4 - Performance test wired
Page 5 - Performance test wireless
Page 6 - Network Attached Storage Tests
Page 7 - Conclusion
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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.

Page 1 - Introduction
Page 2 - Preview
Page 3 - Features / Setup
Page 4 - Performance test wired
Page 5 - Performance test wireless
Page 6 - Network Attached Storage Tests
Page 7 - Conclusion
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Conclusion


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.



Page 1 - Introduction
Page 2 - Preview
Page 3 - Features / Setup
Page 4 - Performance test wired
Page 5 - Performance test wireless
Page 6 - Network Attached Storage Tests
Page 7 - Conclusion