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11 Jan 2019

'Connect' test: double victory for cable routers

After the FRITZ!Box 7590 aced a DSL router comparison test in a 2018 edition of 'Connect,' Europe's biggest magazine for telecommunications gave top marks to two cable models. The FRITZ!Box 6591 Cable was given the grade "very good" while the FRITZ!Box 6490 Cable was rated "good."

Top test results for the FRITZ!Box 6591 Cable

The 'Connect' editorial team put the two cable models to the test in the February 2019 issue. Even before its launch, the FRITZ!Box 6591 Cable, the latest cable flagship, has been praised for its use of DOCSIS 3.1, USB 3.0 and "good WiFi performance in the test."

Overall, the results of the test, the "wide range of connections" as well as MU-MIMO, the integrated DECT base station and a whole host of additional features convinced the testers. They awarded a grade of "very good" and with it first place in the test.

FRITZ!Box 6490 secures second place

Alongside the FRITZ!Box 6591 Cable, the 'Connect' testers were also impressed with the FRITZ!Box 6490. In the test lab, the FRITZ!Box 6490's WiFi continues to shine: "The FRITZ!Box 6490 is particularly strong in the 5 GHz band. Compared to the FRITZ!Box 6591 Cable, the customer only has to make minor compromises with the FRITZ!Box 6490: "All important connections, including S0, are on board here as well." Overall, the FRITZ!Box 6490 was rated "good."

The new lab from 'Connect'

Introduced for the first time in last year's DSL router comparison, the publisher's new in-house "test lab" was also used in the latest issue. For the new lab, Connect has upgraded and invested in an anechoic test chamber with a built-in turntable. Each router requires 20 hours for a complete test.