This aerodynamic-looking 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi router can run 2.4 and 5GHz Wi-Fi networks simultaneously, plus it also features four Gigabit Ethernet ports. While there’s a built-in ADSL2+ and VDSL modem, the first Ethernet port can act as a Gigabit WAN port, which is fast enough to handle the NBN when it lands on your doorstep. You can also use a 3G/4G mobile dongle, but there’s no auto fallback when your DSL connection is down.
The FRITZ!Box 7490 has two built-in VoIP adaptors, with phone jacks on the back and an ISDN (integrated services for digital network) connection. It can also act as a DECT (digital enhanced cordless communications) base station for linking up to six cordless phones. You can set up multiple VoIP numbers, assigned to different handsets (including smartphone VoIP apps), and create multiple voicemail boxes. The FRITZ!Box can even email you your voicemail messages.
You’ll also find USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports for shared printers and storage across your home network (you can also manage the storage via the browser console). Along with Samba access, there’s also DLNA for streaming multimedia along with internet radio streaming to UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) devices around your home.
Along with the ability to run a guest network, the FRITZ!Box offers granular parental controls for individual devices or groups – letting you allocate bandwidth, set time limits, filter websites and block applications. It also supports Dynamic DNS, VPN, static routing and Quality of Service for VoIP, video and other services.
When it comes to performance, the FRITZ!Box 7490 delivers a respectable 309 Mbps. In our long-range test, moving upstairs, the speed dropped by 68 percent.
Brimming with features, but slapped with a hefty price tag, the FRITZ!Box 7490 is a good fit for a busy small or home office ready to embrace Voice over IP.