- Wi-Fi betters ISP-supplied AC routers
- Feature packed
- Well priced
- Cheaper AC1900 routers are far faster
- Overly complex UI
- Silly default settings
- Review Price: £105.00
- AC1750 Wi-Fi
- VDSL2 Integrated Modem
- 2x USB 3.0 ports
- 4x Gigabit LAN
- Virtual NAS
What is the AVM FRITZ!Box 3490?
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AVM FRITZ!Box 3490 – Design and Features
AVM FRITZ!Box 3490 – Setup
AVM FRITZ!Box 3490 – Performance
yet feature-packed router perform? Almost identically to its 7490 big
brother. In fact the 3490 inched ahead in most tests, but we’d put
this down to firmware updates since we tested the 7490 in March.
does this still cut the mustard in late 2014? Against ISP-supplied
802.11ac routers with VDSL2 modems that you’re likely to be upgrading
from, yes. Against the latest dedicated AC1900 and AC2350 routers
without VDSL2 modems, no.
graphs above and below make this strikingly clear and at our test
distances of 1m and 10m in line of sight, and 15m behind
two standing walls, the 3490’s performance of 48.1MBps, 35.5MBps and
20.1MBps mean it’ll be perfectly fast enough for the vast majority of
users. Interestingly the BT Home Hub 5 is faster at 2m and 10m, but where it counts at maximum range the 3490 pulls comfortably ahead.
pattern continues over both 802.11n 5GHz and 802.11n 2.4GHz, with the BT
Home Hub 5 again offering the stiffest challenge at shorter ranges, but
the 3490 pulling away at distance. The FRITZ!Box also has superior USB
performance, which is very useful given the 3490’s virtual NAS
course the AC2350 models are vastly more expensive than the 3490 and
wouldn’t be considered direct rivals, but AC1900 routers are dropping in
price fast and present a conundrum. They may lack integrated modems for
a single-box solution – you’ll need to connect them to your existing
ISP-supplied modem – but the price/performance appeal is huge.
Should I buy the AVM FRITZ!Box 3490?
one of the most feature-packed routers available – even without DECT
support – and hugely comprehensive menus, the 3490 is a router for
techies. The trouble is that its performance is better suited to being an
upgrade for mainstream users looking for a bump in speed and range from
their ISP-supplied router.
competitive. At £105 (133 euros) for an 802.11ac router with VDSL2
modem, the FRITZ!Box 3490 is a very strong proposition. Especially
compared to the initial £237 RRP of the 7490. This means it’s well
worth the £40-50 cost increase compared to an ISP-supplied router
(unless you got it free on a new contract) or the £200-ish for an
D-Link DIR-880L throws a spanner in the works. It’s now available for
under £100 and gives you a router with vastly better speed and range. It lacks the built-in modem, but you really must crave a single-box solution not to opt for it.
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overly complex to set up and there are faster
dedicated routers available at a similar price point. It’s a solid product, but we’d love to see some software tweaks
and an AC1900 version of it.