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
15,670 Reviews

AVM Fritz!Box Fon WLAN 7050

£136 inc VAT

Manufacturer: AVM

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Fritz wireless router is a serious bit of kit. Talk about squeezing a quart into a pint pot.

The Fritz is a serious bit of kit. Talk about squeezing a quart into a pint pot. Inside you'll find a conventional 54G Wi-Fi two-port router with firewall, plus a veritable raft of telephony features. It has an ISDN/analogue port for a PBX and features a trio of sockets for telephone handsets. It supports VoIP using Sips (software-based internet telephony), so that you can make phone calls via the internet or over a landline. Once registered, you can make free calls to other users or low-cost calls to landline numbers. And VoIP call clarity is acceptable.

When it comes to setting up, the Fritz presents you with a cable-fest. Although the wizard's instructions are clear, better use could be made of colour-coding everything to simplify it.

With computer-controlled phone calls, all sorts of possibilities arise. You can, for example, set up rules to define how outgoing calls are to be handled. So it's easy to block certain numbers. The web interface contains a wealth of useful logged information – a record is made of every phone call and you can track internet usage, handy for those with a capped connection. And once set up, the Fritz is pretty easy to use.

The only disappointment with the Fritz is its wireless performance. It is a plain vanilla 54G device – although 125Mbps performance is promised with AVM NICs – and isn't as fast as the draft-N routers. For a 54Mbps device, it delivered poor results according to QCheck – a peak of 19Mbps in our close test and a rather feeble 7Mbps in the far test.

AVM Fritz!Box Fon WLAN 7050 Expert Verdict »

Wireless router
close-range speed 19Mbps
long-range speed 7Mbps
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 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

A good one-box communications and networking product.

  • 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 Fon 7270 review

    AVM FritzBox Fon 7270

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

  • AVM Fritz!Box 3370 review

    AVM Fritz!Box 3370

    The AVM Fritz!Box 3370 is AVM's first 450Mbps wireless router. Here's our AVM Fritz!Box 3370 review.

  • 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 FRITZ!Box 3270 review

    AVM FRITZ!Box 3270

    The AVM FRITZ!Box 3270 is a less expensive version of the impressive FRITZ!Box 7390 wireless router. Read our AVM FRITZ!Box 3270 review to find out more.

IDG UK Sites

Acer Aspire R11 review: Hands-on with the 360 laptop and tablet convertible

IDG UK Sites

Apple Watch release day: Twitter reacts

IDG UK Sites

See how Framestore created a shape-shifting, oil and metal based creature for Shell

IDG UK Sites

Apple Watch buying guide, price list & where to buy today: Which Apple Watch model, size, material,?......