We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Wireless routers Reviews
15,669 Reviews

AVM Fritz!Box Fon WLAN 7140

£130 inc VAT

Manufacturer: AVM

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

This compact chassis contains a four-port Fast Ethernet switch, ADSL2+ router, SPI firewall, a 54G Wi-Fi access point, and extensive telephony and VoIP support.

The AVM Fritz!Box Fon WLAN 7140 has every right to be a mouthful. Its compact chassis contains a four-port Fast Ethernet switch, ADSL2+ router, SPI firewall and a 54G Wi-Fi access point, not to mention quite extensive telephony and VoIP (voice over IP) support.

The 7140 looks identical to the 7050 we covered a few months back, but its rear panel reveals the differences. The newer model lacks an ISDN (integrated services digital network) port, but it gains two more ethernet ports, making four in all. You also get a USB port, which can accommodate a printer or a storage device. That's a useful bonus, although you need to use FTP (file transfer protocol) to access storage – that's not so good.

This port is also used by AVM's Stick & Surf feature, which is similar to Windows Connect Now. Last but not least there's an on/off button for the Wi-Fi – again, a nice but non-essential touch.

Setting up the Fritz!Box is much the same as before – a setup wizard talks you through connecting up the device. A pair of ordinary phones can be plugged into it, and from these you can make conventional or VoIP calls. Like previous Fritz!Boxes, the 7140 supports VoIP using SIP (Session Initiation Protocol), and an introductory offer of 555 free minutes from VoIP service provider Sipgate comes in the box.

The benefits of uniting your PC and phone are remarkable, but be warned that you'll need to invest some time to make the most of the arrangement. You can specify which numbers dialled go through VoIP, block calls, set up call diverts and cut off the phones when the office is unmanned.

And the features don't stop there. Call logging, naturally, is extensive – you can track all of your missed calls, for example. You can even monitor ADSL broadband data usage – which is useful if you have a capped connection.

AVM Fritz!Box Fon WLAN 7140 Expert Verdict »

SIP-compliant internet telephony
multiple internet phone addresses
WPA2/WPA/WEP-64/WEP-128 WLAN encryption
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

For not a great deal of money, you get a respectable wireless ADSL router with some nice touches and a heap of telephony management features. All in all, the Fritz!Box 7140 is a good choice for small-office and home users.

  • AVM Fritz!box Fon WLAN 7270 review

    AVM Fritz!box Fon WLAN 7270

    Like many high-end routers the AVM Fritz!box Fon WLAN 7270 supports ADSL and ADSL2+ to match the fastest ADSL broadband services available, combined with the latest (draft 2.0) 802.11n technology - offering you the best speed and coverage from your wireless network.

  • AVM FritzBox Fon 7270 review

    AVM FritzBox Fon 7270

    The AVM FritzBox Fon 7270 is much more than just a featured-packed wireless router.

  • Billion BiPAC 7404VGO

    Billion BiPAC 7404VGO

    Vendors are keen to bolt on features to differentiate their routers from the common herd. VoIP, as deployed here by Billion, is one such candidate.

  • AVM Fritz!box Fon Wireless Lan 7390 review

    AVM Fritz!box Fon Wireless Lan 7390

    High on performance and features, with additional support for internet telephony, the AVM Fritz!box Fon Wireless Lan 7390 is a great router.

  • AVM FritzBox 7390 review

    AVM FritzBox 7390

    The FritzBox 7390 is one of the most comprehensive all-in-one ADSL2+ modem/routers on the market

IDG UK Sites

OnePlus 2 / OnePlus Two UK release date, price and specification rumours: When is the OnePlus 2...

IDG UK Sites

Why I think the Apple Watch sucks and you'd be mad to buy it

IDG UK Sites

Ben & Holly's Game of Thrones titles spoof is delightfully silly

IDG UK Sites

Mac OS X 10.11 release date rumours: all the new features expected in Yosemite successor