CEBIT: "Hello FRITZ!": AVM presents FRITZ!OS 7, Mesh updates and FRITZ!Box models for high-speed networks
AVM will be presenting FRITZ!OS 7 for the first time at this year's CEBIT. A major update for FRITZ! products, FRITZ!OS 7 is packed with new features for WiFi, Mesh and Smart Home.One of the new features is the integration of additional FRITZ!Box models into FRITZ!’s Mesh WiFi, meaning telephony and Smart Home now support mesh networking. Users can now extend the range of their wireless network for telephones and Smart Home devices - it's easy to set up, at home or in the office, and can be expanded as needed on a modular basis. The new FRITZ!OS for all current FRITZ!Box models will be available from July in Germany. The latest FRITZ! Lab beta update, available in Germany for the FRITZ!Box 6590 Cable, gives customers a first look at the new mesh functions for cable connections. AVM will also be introducing a new Mesh Set at CEBIT: the familiar combination of the FRITZ!Box 7590 and FRITZ!WLAN Repeater 1750E will be available as the "FRITZ! Mesh Set 7590 + 1750". It will be available for purchase from July in Germany. The future of DSL is now, with the FRITZ!Box 7590. The FRITZ!Box 7590 can currently be used at its highest speed in Frankfurt am Main, where Germany's first pilot project for supervectoring 35b recently started. With this DSL technology, improvements in the frequency and the latest vectoring technology mean it’s possible to have download rates of up to 300 Mbit/s on current VDSL lines. From June 12 to 15 in Hanover AVM will be in Hall 13, Stand C94 and outside at the festival grounds (FG, Stand R54), where the Berlin-based communications specialist will be presenting the latest FRITZ! updates.
At this year's CEBIT, AVM is announcing a new Mesh Set: the FRITZ!Box 7590 and the FRITZ!WLAN Repeater 1750E are two of AVM's most popular mesh products. Starting in the summer in Germany, they will be available as a set. Together they are a powerful combination for top Mesh WiFi performance - fast internet, telephony and a whole host of Smart Home functions.
German customers who have purchased a FRITZ!Box 6590 Cable in stores can now take part in the latest FRITZ! Lab beta, allowing them to try out the new Mesh WiFi services and all FRITZ!OS 7 functions.
The FRITZ!Box provides users with fast internet and innovative mesh functions in a single device, saving energy and space, as well as being future-proof thanks to regular updates such as FRITZ!OS 7. All FRITZ! products allow for high-performance Mesh WiFi with multiple access points (Multi-AP), which can expanded as needed. FRITZ!OS 7 builds on this convenience and offers a whole host of updates and improvements in the following areas:
1. Increased WiFi performance
FRITZ!OS 7 supports wireless LAN standards 11v and 11k for Band Steering (Idle Steering), meaning modern wireless LAN devices such as smartphones can switch the frequency band more quickly - also for existing connections. The new function "Zero Wait DFS" significantly reduces the waiting time in the 5 GHz band, ensuring a seamless connection. In addition the graphical mesh overview on the FRITZ!Box user interface now includes information about the connection quality for cordless telephones. FRITZ!OS updates for all FRITZ! products will be displayed when they become available. If automatic updates are enabled, FRITZ!WLAN Repeater and FRITZ!Powerline products will be automatically updated for mesh networking.
2. Mesh Reloaded: FRITZ!Box updated for WiFi, telephony and Smart Home
With FRITZ!OS 7, multiple FRITZ!Boxes can now be used as mesh repeaters. Alongside FRITZ!WLAN Repeaters and FRITZ!Powerline devices, even more FRITZ!Box models can now be integrated into a mesh network. At the touch of a button users can extend your wireless and mesh range. The exciting thing about this is that telephony and Smart Home are, via the additional FRITZ!Box devices, mesh-compatible for the first time. All the telephone functions of the central FRITZ!Box are available for each FRITZ!Box that has been integrated as a mesh repeater as well as for the DECT telephones registered to the respective FRITZ!Boxes. The Smart Home products from FRITZ! also benefit from integrated FRITZ!Boxes (which function as mesh repeaters), as it means more DECT Smart Home devices can now be reached and used (Smart Home Mesh).
3. Open FRITZ! Hotspots
The new FRITZ!OS makes setting up and using the FRITZ! Hotspot even more straightforward. It's now even easier for users to choose their FRITZ! Hotspot settings: guests can be given an open or a password-protected private wireless guest access. If an open hotspot is chosen, the guests do not need to enter a security key. Cafés, doctor's offices and small businesses, as well as all FRITZ!Box users, can provide their customers and visitors an easy-to-use internet access. Whether it's private or public WiFi, the second wireless network made available by the FRITZ!Box means guests can surf the internet without access to the home network.
4. Even easier and more convenient Smart Home settings
A new feature for FRITZ!OS 7 is the possibility to set up Smart Home templates, which can be used to configure and manage multiple devices for a range of different scenarios. For example, users who have flexible working hours or whose shifts change from week to week can set up Smart Home templates and switch between them with the click of a button. It's also easy to set up templates for other occasions, for example if a public holiday falls in the middle of the week or your vacation time is flexible. Quick and easy to set up on the FRITZ!Box user interface, the templates can be used with a FRITZ!Fon.
5. HAN FUN integration for even more Smart Home devices
With this release AVM is extending support for the HAN FUN protocol (Home Area Network FUNctional), as well as for the DECT ULE wireless standard. Alongside FRITZ!DECT products, devices from other manufacturers that support HAN FUN, can now be used directly with a FRITZ!Box. This includes HAN-FUN-compatible wall switches, door-window contacts and motion sensors, for example from Deutsche Telekom. Together a FRITZ!Box and the FRITZ!DECT 200/210 switchable sockets, they can be used in a number of different situations. For example, you can set your FRITZ!DECT smart plug to turn on a light when a motion sensor detects movement. This dramatically expands the scope of functions and applications that can be controlled via a FRITZ!Box, meaning it's even easier to make your house a Smart Home.
6. MyFRITZ!: new reports and more information about your home network
With FRITZ!OS 7 users can now have new MyFRITZ! reports sent to them. Many FRITZ!Box owners use MyFRITZ! (myfritz.net) to easily access FRITZ!Box services such as answering machines, call lists, FRITZ!NAS and Smart Home functions. Users can now get a weekly or monthly summary email about the status of their FRITZ! products and available updates. The information provided about FRITZ! products on MyFRITZ! has also been enhanced. Users now have access to their login history, including IP address, as well as details about the end device and available updates. This provides valuable information about a user's home network and increases security. Activating MyFRITZ! is now also easier than ever before. In addition, the new FRITZ!OS 7 has removed browser warnings when accessing your FRITZ!Box remotely. The new FRITZ!OS version enables your FRITZ!Box to receive a SSL certificate for your MyFRITZ! address from the organization letsencrypt.org.
7. Increased performance for FRITZ!NAS and new functions for FRITZ!Fon
If you use a USB stick or flash drive on your FRITZ!Box that is formatted with the NTFS file system, FRITZ!OS 7 brings increased speeds when transferring data on your FRITZ!NAS The FRITZ!Fon also has some new features: when making or receiving calls, the display on your FRITZ!Fon device will now show the name of the region or country, and users can now add up to five ring tones. In addition, FRITZ!OS 7 allows FRITZ!Box updates to be performed directly via A FRITZ!Fon. Wireless guest access and Smart Home devices can now also be activated on a FRITZ!Fon; you can set up a PIN, if desired.
The FRITZ!Box 7590 is ready for supervectoring 35b in Germany. The FRITZ!Box 7590 can currently be used at its highest speed in Frankfurt am Main, where Germany's first pilot project for supervectoring 35b is taking place. Other providers and regions will launch supervectoring 35b over the course of 2018. Thanks to improvements in the frequency range, from 17 MHz to 35 MHz and the latest vectoring technology, supervectoring 35b allows download rates of up to 300 Mbit/s on current VDSL lines. At this year's CEBIT AVM will be showing two powerful terminal devices that can be used directly at fiber optic outlets: the FRITZ!Box 5491 and 5490. Because the new FRITZ!Box 5491 supports GPON, and the FRITZ!Box 5490 supports active point-to-point technology (AON), they can be deployed directly on all common fiber optic connections. (GPON = Gigabit Passive Optical Network; AON = Active Optical Network) In addition to fast internet access, all of the FRITZ!Box models shown at CEBIT are also equipped with a wealth of features for home networking. Fast dual-band wireless LAN, gigabit WAN and LAN ports transfer the fast speed from the connection to the home network. An integrated telephone system, a DECT base station for telephony and Smart Home functions provide for communication over many channels. Regular updates to the FRITZ!OS operating system keep all products up to date with the latest, secure software.
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