I just got myself an AVM FRITZ!Box Fon WLAN 7390 (CH-edition) router to replace a rather aged Swisscom branded Netopia 7347-84 VDSL router I received for my internet subscription. The FRITZ!Box 7390 really is the jack of all trades:
- ADSL/VDSL modem
- WLAN 802.11n/b/g/a (including the 5 GHz frequency band)
- DECT base station for up to 6 cordless phones
- Telephone system for Internet and fixed-line network phones
- Answering machine
- Fax receiver
- Network attached storage (NAS)
- UPnP-AV media server
- Gigabit ethernet
- DynDNS support
- A ton of configuration options (a must have for the true gadgeteer!)
Here’s how to setup the FRITZBox 7390 router for Swisscom’s VDSL network. My router is on firmware version 84.04.83. Connect your Mac (or PC) using the yellow patch cable to the LAN 1 port and switch the router on. If your computer is using DHCP it should receive an IP address from the router. The router’s admin user interface can be accessed with http://fritz.box or if this doesn’t work just type http://192.168.178.1.
Select Annex A for analog phone line or Annex B for ISDN. I don’t have ISDN so I don’t know if Annex B works on Swisscom’s network. I’ve read some reports saying that there were issues ISDN when using the 7390. After setting the Annex the router will perform a restart.
The next screenshot shows the connection information:
This is it, you’re done. Now your FRITZBox will try to connect to the VDSL network. Once the connection is established you should be able to get some information about your DSL connection:
If no connection can be established, check the event log for error messages. By the way: even though the new router is able to re-use the existing sync-settings (DSLAM throughput) from the old router it will also perform a re-sync (or re-evaluation) of the DSLAM throughput performance of your line. My current settings from the old Netopia VDSL router were 22016 kBit/s (receive) and 2320 kBit/s (send) and hopefully that won’t change to lower values with the new router.