Why should we use a FRITZ! Box instead of the operator modem or compared to other modems? Let’s find out together
Should you bet on a FRITZ! Box?
Without feeding other brands, below we will find all the good reasons to use a FRITZ! Box at home and, for consistency, also the reasons why it is not convenient to use a FRITZ! Box at home, so that we can personally evaluate whether the advantages outweigh the disadvantages (always with reference to the line we use at home).
Why use a FRITZ! Box
We obviously start from the merits of using a FRITZ! Box, given the high positive ratings that they often receive on all the guides and on Amazon itself (something will mean!).
Modem compatible with any line and operator
A FRITZ! Box can be used on any type of fixed Internet line with any operator: both if we have Fastweb and if we use a TIM, Vodafone, Wind or Tiscali line, it takes very few steps to configure a FRITZ! Box and be immediately operational, by replacing the modem supplied on loan for use by the operator or by replacing any other type of third-party modem.
DNS change without limits
Using a FRITZ! Box we can quickly configure a new DNS server, very useful to overcome the limits and blocks imposed by the operator (which often blocks the change of DNS on the modems provided to avoid this). On a FRITZ! Box it takes just a few clicks to change DNS for all connected devices, without having to change them on individual devices.
Faster and more powerful Wi-Fi
With a FRITZ! Box modem we will be able to take advantage of the latest Wi-Fi technologies, so that we can browse up to 1,733 + 866 + 400 Mbit / s, depending on the type of network used (5 GHz or 2.4 Ghz). Although many models do not have external antennas, the internal ones are positioned on each side of the modem, so as to guarantee maximum coverage (often even higher than the operators’ modem, but much depends on the walls of the house).
Added to this is the support for technologies designed to increase speed even in case of weak or disturbed signals (Beamforming and MU-MIMO), which help a lot when we place a FRITZ! Box in a large or very large house.
Connection of telephones and DECT systems
If we have an analog telephone we can connect it without any problems whatsoever to the FRITZ! Box chosen, so that we can receive and make calls; in addition to the old telephones we can connect up to 6 cordless or DECT telephones, ISDN telephones and the like, so as to meet all types of needs.
Automatic performance check
Among the numerous options of the FRITZ! Box we find a complete screen where we can check CPU consumption, RAM consumption and the trend of network traffic so that we can monitor the performance of our new modem in any condition, even if multiple users are connected at the same time.
Detailed information on connection to the control panel or to the cabinet
If suddenly the line stops working and we do not understand where the problem is, a FRITZ! Box is able to show a series of technical information on the line very useful for a computer technician or to provide assistance so that we can solve the problem as fast as possible.
Professional network management
Each network device connected to the network can be configured to use the line only at certain times or we can assign a precise IP, a precise name or choose the maximum speed at which it must navigate.
Effective Parental Control functions
If we want to impose navigation limits on our minor children, with a FRITZ! Box we will have a very effective parental control to limit Wi-Fi navigation, to impose limits on the sites that minors can visit and on the devices they can use.
Advanced multimedia features
With a FRITZ! Box we can use the USB ports to connect an external disk and transform the modem into a NAS or a DLNA server so that all the files contained inside can be seen and viewed from any PC, Smart TV, or others network-connected devices.
Remote access to the home network
A FRITZ! Box offers the possibility to connect to the modem even when we are away from home, through a dedicated VPN connection: once the app is installed on our mobile device and the service is enabled, we will be able to connect to the FRITZ! Box VPN and navigate as if we were still at home, keeping our public IP and accessing the network resources present (other computers, NAS or servers).
The operating system of the FRITZ! Box constantly receives updates to increase security and add new functions, so that all users can have a secure and modern network even after many years.
Because it is not convenient to use a FRITZ! Box
After seeing a rundown of the advantages of a FRITZ! Box, for correctness we have to closely observe what may be of the disadvantages in choosing AVM modems.
They can be difficult to configure
On many lines just connect it to be immediately operational, while on some lines (FTTC in particular) we will have to obtain the navigation parameters by calling the telephone operator’s assistance, providing the MAC Address of the old modem and the MAC Address of the FRITZ! Box chosen , so you can configure the switch.
If we are geeks, these things are simple, but for a novice user who does not even know what an IP is, it may not be easy to configure a FRITZ! Box, despite the presence of a convenient wizard.
Confirm two-factor operations
Even if this functionality can be disabled, basically any very important changes in the FRITZ! Box must be confirmed by pressing buttons on the AVM cordless phone or by pressing one of the buttons on the modem body. This sort of two-factor authentication increases security, but it can be really annoying if we are operating from a PC away from the modem.
One of the things that can discourage a user from buying a FRITZ! Box is certainly the price: they are currently among the most expensive modems (if one excludes gaming modems). You pay for quality, but for inexperienced users or for users who are not familiar with how a network works, a FRITZ! Box could be really excessive.
If we were still undecided whether to buy a FRITZ! Box or not, we carefully read the advantages and disadvantages exposed and ask ourselves if it is the modem that is right for us or not. The FRITZ! Box can be purchased on Amazon where there are various models that start from 90 Euros up to 200 depending on the characteristics.
For our part we can tell you that the quality is perceived and such a complete and fast modem you will hardly find it! If instead you are simple users, who do not want too many headaches and the modem “just works”, better keep the proprietary modem or point to one of the modems seen in our guides Best VoIP modem router with blocking and call filtering included is Best Modem to buy (fiber, dual band, wireless AC).
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