The Fritz!Box 3490 sits right in the mid of AVM’s product line up, as a triple-stream 3×3 MIMO router, with a built-in ADSL/VDSL modem. It lacks the digital telephony characteristics of the more expensive 7490 model, but pretty much everything else is the same.

Fritz!Box

Specifications

  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac modem router
  • 4x Gigabit Ethernet
  • 2x USB 3
  • Internal antennae
  • 3×3 MIMO
  • ADSL 2+ / VDSL modem
  • 245 x 55 x 175mm
  • 458g

The router has a red and silver chassis that sits horizontally, with the antennas hidden underneath fins on the top, which give a streamlined look. We can’t think of any other bright red networking product: it is the signature design for AVM, as every Fritz!Box looks almost identical. AVM has put considerable effort into reducing the power consumption of the 3490.

The options for low-power ethernet and wireless modes are in addition to the generally low overall power consumption we measured 4.8W.  By default, these are set to power-saving mode, and run only at speeds of 100Mb/s rather than gigabit, a setting that you will have to change in the software.

AVM was one of the first companies to treat its software as an integral part of the product rather than an afterthought, which seemed to be the case with the majority of networking hardware in the past. Other router producers have now caught up and put considerably more effort into their software design, but AVM’s Fritz! OS software is still impressive.

The router setup process is straightforward and logical, and there are some nifty extra characteristics. For instance, the router scans for nearby wireless networks, so you can choose a channel that is less congested. Even though it does not cater for the least technical users possible, as the TalkTalk Super Router and BT Home Hub do, the 3490 is still intuitive to set up.

Determination

The AVM Fritz!Box 3490 is a very strong offering. Great functioning, great software, a good range of characteristics and plenty of room for expansion with external storage.