AVM Fritz!Box 7490: Performance, Value & Verdict

Gordon Kelly

By Gordon Kelly

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AVM Fritz!Box 7490 802.11ac VDSL router

Summary

Our Score:

8

AVM Fritz!Box 7490 – Performance

Fritz!Boz 7490 acThe 3390 impressed us with the consistency of its wireless performance if not its maximum throughput and it is a similar case now AVM has jumped to 802.11ac.

At our test distances of two metres and 10 metres line of sight and 15 metres behind two standing walls, the 7490 recorded speeds of 46.1MBps (368.8Mbps), 34.2MBps (273.6Mbps) and 18.3MBps (146.4Mbps) respectively.

These put it in the upper echelons of 802.11ac routers, but some way off the peak 50-60MBps speeds of the best 1750 routers and well behind the circa 75MBps speeds attained by the AC1900 class like the Linksys EA6900 and Asus RT-AC68U.

The 7490 is solid, but not spectacular.

Fritz!Boz 7490 5GHzProportionately it does much better with 5GHz and 2.4GHz 802.11n. With the former it manages 29.8MBps (238.4Mbps), 29.7MBps (237.6Mbps) and 12.5MBps (100Mbps) while the latter clocks 13.8MBps (110.4Mbps), 11.8MBps (94.4Mbps) and 5.28MBps (42.2Mbps).

Again the AC1900 class is quicker in both bands, but here the 7490 is amongst the very fastest 1750 routers we have seen with only the Netgear R6250 matching it stride for stride.

USB performance is also positive with the 7490 hitting a rock solid 11MBps (88Mbps), which places it amongst the faster routers, though again the extra processing horsepower in the AC1900 models sees them hit around 15MBps. (note all graphs visible in the gallery)

Fritz!Boz 7490 1

Should I buy the AVM Fritz!Box 7490?

The question really is 'do you need to buy the Fritz!Box 7490?'. Make use of all its functionality and in replacing your DECT basestation, answering machine, fax (if you still need one) and potentially negating your need for a consumer NAS the substantial £237 asking price will prove well worth it.

The flip side is both consumers and business users prepared to pay this amount of money do have more specialised options available. For consumers AC1900 routers offer substantially better wireless performance in all bands for roughly £60 less and for business users the £229 Draytek 2860NP – while 802.11n only and slower – has far greater security and advanced administrative functionality.

By now you’ll know if you need the AVM Fritz!Box 7490. If you’re still not sure, you don’t.

Verdict

With the Fritz!Box 7490 AVM has again produced a router unlike any other and now hopped aboard the 802.11ac merry-go-round. Its looks will divide opinion and the setup process needs to be far friendlier to enthusiastic amateurs, but the functionality is superb and wireless performance (particularly 802.11n) is consistently strong. Priced higher than both faster consumer routers and more business focused professional routers means the market for the 7490 will be niche, but we have no doubt owners will be happy with their purchase.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Build Quality 8
  • Design 7
  • Features 10
  • Performance 8
  • Usability 6
  • Value 8

Prem Desai

March 3, 2014, 5:55 pm

I have no doubt that this is a brilliant product. The specs are truly impressive.

However, I have owned 2 of their products before. Both failed after the warranty period which in itself isn't that bad. However, with so many eggs in 1 basket, it becomes a real issue. Not having broadband is bad enough, but when your phone stops working too isn't a pleasant experience (not helped by the missus and kids calling you names!!) ....

I'm staying with my separate router and phone system.

Enterprise

March 27, 2014, 9:41 am

It only supports a limited number of concurrent users... to be honest, it is good for home use, but the worst on the enterprise world.

toboev

April 25, 2014, 11:48 am

Why are they so stubborn about releasing a cable version (sans-modem)? The benefits of VoIP are greatest to those who can reap the savings of not having to subscribe to a fixed landline - i.e. cable customers. A Fritzbox could also save me two wall plugs (for DECT base station and for VoIP box) and a whole lot of clutter, but at the cost of needing a separate ethernet switch (plus wall plug...) to compensate for giving up a LAN port on the Fritzbox, plus the unnecessary cost of the unwanted ADSL circuitry.

michel

May 2, 2014, 9:42 am

I would advice everyone to not buy this device.
The support from AVM is miserable:
* The do not even try to help you when you have technical problem.
* Im waiting at his moments 2 months for an answer to my problem.

THE AVM 7490 is unstable, it is losing the ADSL connection al the time and reseting.
My old router (6 years old), is working perfect on the ADSL line.
So i'm using my old router again ....... AND NO support from AVM.

Don't buy this device.

boolean

September 14, 2014, 9:49 am

The AVM 7490 is a very fast, stable device with tons of features. However, if you’re too stupid to configure things manually, this isn't the device for you.

michel

September 15, 2014, 5:48 pm

The device is still unstable as hell.
You're comment says more about you than about me.

boolean

September 17, 2014, 6:40 am

My reply wasn't very professional, I apologize for that. The thing is, many people blame a device while it's actually their subscriber line or power source. Are you using FTTH or ADSL? Have you tried switching the device with a friend who has the same ISP? As a side note: Fritz doesn't like old POTS lines which are over 4km long.

zag2

October 13, 2014, 1:19 pm

Wondering if this is a good replacement for a BT Home Hub 5? Mine home hub crashes constantly with file copies across the network and looking for a better replacement.

Philip Harvey

August 24, 2015, 8:58 am

Using the same SSID for both 2.4G and 5G is the best option in almost all WiFi deployments since this allows devices to select the band to use automatically. Using seperate SSIDs is only a good idea if want to manually force some devices to each frequency, which isn't an option most users should consider, hence the default is correct.

pszilard

November 9, 2015, 8:33 pm

I have a 7390 connected to Bigpond Cable Extreme. No problems here. The cable is connected via the Netgear cable modem supplied by Telstra, and the Fritz!Box is distributed in my house via a 24 port Gig Switch.

I have 3 Fritz DECT handsets.

My only complaint is that I get the "phantom" rings sometimes after a call terminates!

Have no experience with the 7490 (only my 73990), but it sounds very similar. I would recommend the Fritz to anyone that wants the feature set.

toboev

November 9, 2015, 8:47 pm

Thanks. I see that they now do have a sans-modem version (4080), but they are dragging their feet about releasing it.

pszilard

November 9, 2015, 9:02 pm

The referenced URL doesn't work!

IAMsterdam

November 9, 2015, 9:39 pm

Thanks for the alert. The brackets messed up the URL, should work now.

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