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Which FRITZ!Box should it be?

You decided to purchase a new FRITZ!Box – Great choice! But which model is right for you? In three simple steps, we explain what to look for.

Step 1: Which telephone/Internet connection do you use?

Before we begin, you should first find out what connection technology your building is equipped with. In most cases this will be DSL via the classic telephone line or cable internet via the television cable box. Often you have the choice between several ways of connecting. There are also appropriate models for other kinds of connections like modern fiber optic modems and mobile network internet via LTE. We explain each of the connection types more clearly in separate guides.

Step 2: What are your requirements?

If you have checked the basic technology of your own connection, the next step is to consider what you need from your home network – for the FRITZ!Box is a full-fledged home network hub and can do much more than a router. The size of the household is decisive in choosing the scope of functions. If you and your family live in a house or a large apartment, it makes sense to offer more connections for multiple telephones and network devices like smartphones, PCs and smart TVs and more top-speed wireless data rates. A FRITZ!Box offering fewer connections may be enough for a smaller household. If you value a fast internet connection, but can do without Smart Home features and landline telephony, a 3xxx or 4xxx model like the FRITZ!Box 3490 or FRITZ!Box 4040 should do the trick.

Step 3: Would you like a bit more?

You're not satisfied with the basic equipment and would like to get the most out of your home network? Our FRITZ!Box models offer various options for this as well. It takes just a few steps to transform your house into an interactive Smart Home, which allows you to control your washing machine from afar, for instance, or switch the lights on and off according to a schedule. All of these features are easy to control via the user interface of your FRITZ!Box or by means of the MyFRITZ!App. And if you always want to be among the first to enjoy new features, it is advisable to choose the latest FRITZ!Box flagship – because new features in the FRITZ! Lab are always tested for this model first. For DSL lines this is currently the FRITZ!Box 7590.

For a good overview: Our product comparison

This article is hardly the only support we offer you in searching for the right FRITZ!Box, however. On our product comparison page lets you put your preferred models next to each other to get a good overview of which features are included where. The best way to start is by filtering the views. After selecting the type of connection, click and hold on the product images of your favorite models to pull them next to each other so that you can compare the features and connection options. Should you have concrete questions on individual functions, comprehensive information on each FRITZ!Box is presented by clicking "Technical data" on the corresponding product page – or consult with one of our staff directly.