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.
But the AVM Fritz!box Fon WLAN 7270 is also dead set on saving you money, a feat it achieves by means of its many advanced telephony features. A built-in PBX allows the Fritz!box to handle phone calls, both on the regular analogue telephone network and via the internet using VoIP technology. It can also function as fax and answering machine.
Voice calls can be automatically routed via the AVM Fritz!box Fon WLAN 7270 to any VoIP services using the SIP protocol, enabling you to make cheap or free calls over the Internet using your existing telephone handset.
Like previous models of the Fritz!box, up to two analogue handsets can be connected directly to the AVM Fritz!box Fon WLAN 7270. This latest version also functions as a base station for up to six cordless telephones supporting the DECT Generic Access Profile (GAP) protocol.
If you have handsets you wish to use with the AVM Fritz!box Fon WLAN 7270, it's important to make sure they support GAP as this specification is required for successful inter-operability.
Installation of the AVM Fritz!box Fon WLAN 7270 router is very straightforward, thanks to the graphical wizard-driven installation routine which takes you through the entire setup process. The ‘Stick & Surf' feature allows you to configure AVM's own USB wireless-N adaptor automatically with a single touch of a button, eliminating the need for tedious manual security setup.
Wireless security is often a concern and with this in mind, AVM ships the AVM Fritz!box Fon WLAN 7270 with the highest level of wireless encryption (WPA2) already enabled. The pass key is printed on a sticker which can be found both on the router itself and on the accompanying software CD.
The AVM Fritz!box Fon WLAN 7270 supports a huge number of useful features with new ones being added regulary through firmware updates. However, AVM has gone to a lot of trouble to provide a simple and straightforward user experience - striking a careful balance between ease of use and powerful advanced functions. Even more functionality is available for those willing to take advantage of the un-documented features provided by the underlying Linux operating system.
The AVM Fritz!box Fon WLAN 7270 is a very capable product which performs well and offers a host of cost-saving features making it ideal for enthusiasts or business users in a SOHO environment.