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Power/DSL LED flashes

The FRITZ!Box's Power LED flashes? ✔ Here you can find out what this means and how to solve the problem.

As soon as you connect your FRITZ!Box to your DSL line, the FRITZ!Box establishes a connection to the DSL provider's exchange. This can take up to 10 minutes. During this time, the Power/DSL LED on the FRITZ!Box flashes and then stays lit as soon as the DSL connection has been established.

This guide shows you how to resolve the following errors:

  • The FRITZ!Box's Power/DSL LED flashes continuously.
  • The FRITZ!Box does not establish a DSL connection.

The following error message is displayed in the event log of the FRITZ!Box:

  • "DSL not responding (no DSL synchronization)"

Simply proceed as described below. After each measure, check whether the problem is solved.

Note:All instructions on configuration and settings given in this guide refer to the latest FRITZ!OS for the FRITZ!Box.

1 Issue occurred after updating FRITZ!OS

Only follow the instructions in the following guide if the error occurred immediately after a FRITZ!OS update:

2 Checking the event log of the FRITZ!Box

  1. Click "System" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Event Log" in the "System" menu.
  3. If the message "DSL is available (DSL synchronization exists with [...] kbit/s)" is displayed in addition to the message "DSL not responding", follow the steps in our guide FRITZ!Box reports that the DSL connection drops frequently.

3 Making sure that the DSL line is supported

The FRITZ!Box supports all DSL lines that are common in Germany. The following step is only necessary if you are using the FRITZ!Box in a country other than Germany:

4 Selecting the DSL standard

  1. Click "Internet" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "DSL Information" in the "Internet" menu.
  3. Click on the "Interference Resistance" ("Line Settings") tab.
  4. Click "Interference Resistance Settings" to display all of the settings.
  5. In the section "Annex Settings", select whether your FRITZ!Box is connected to a DSL line that uses Annex A or Annex B. If the section "Annex Settings" is not displayed, the FRITZ!Box only supports Annex B.

    Note:In Germany, Annex B is always used, other countries almost always use Annex A. Contact your DSL provider to find out which standard is used on your DSL line.

    Important:Only the FRITZ!Box 7530 AX Edition International with the AVM article number 2000 2944 can be used on all DSL lines. Models with different AVM article numbers do not support Annex A or Annex M.

  6. Click "Apply" to save the settings.

5 Checking the DSL line and cabling with the DSL line test

Performing the DSL line test

Links "Help and Info" and then "FRITZ!Box Support"
  1. In the FRITZ!Box user interface, click "Help and Info" on the bottom left of the page and then on "FRITZ!Box Support" at the bottom.
  2. Click the link "DSL line test".
  3. Remove the DSL cable from the FRITZ!Box.
  4. Click the "Calibrate" button and click "OK" to start the calibration.
  5. Reconnect the DSL cable to the FRITZ!Box once calibration is completed.
  6. Click the "Measure" button and click "OK" to start the DSL line test.
  7. Work through the instructions in the section matching your result.

Line test reports: DSL cable defective or not inserted

  1. Use a different DSL cable (for example from a different DSL modem) to connect the FRITZ!Box to the socket labeled "F" on the telephone jack.
  2. If the Power/DSL LED lights up constantly after 10 minutes, the DSL cable used before is defective and must be replaced.

    Note:You can either purchase a new DSL cable from an electronics retailer, or order it from us by sending an email to zubehoer@avm.de. You can also make your own DSL cable using the guide Assignment of cables, adapters, and sockets.

Line test reports: Error in on-site wiring

  1. Remove the DSL splitter if you are using the FRITZ!Box on an IP-based connection.
  2. Remove all cable extensions, unused cables, telephone jacks, and additional electrical components (for example surge protection, automatic extension outlets).
  3. Insert the DSL cable into the "DSL" socket on the FRITZ!Box and into the socket labeled "F" on the telephone jack or into the DSL line.
    Connecting FRITZ!Box with a DSL line in Germany (left) and in other countries (right)

Line test reports: Error with provider

  1. Either: Test whether a different DSL modem works on your DSL line.
    • Or: Test whether the FRITZ!Box can establish a DSL connection on a different DSL line, for example at your neighbor's.

      Note:Only connect the FRITZ!Box to the DSL line and the power mains. A DSL connection was established if the Power/DSL LED remains lit after no more than 10 minutes.

  2. If another modem also does not work on your line, or if your FRITZ!Box can establish a DSL connection on a different line, then there is a problem with your DSL line. Contact your DSL provider and have them check your DSL line.

    ATTENTION!You may be charged for checking. Ask your provider about charges in advance!

6 Using a different DSL version

The DSL version of the FRITZ!Box undergoes constant development with each FRITZ!OS to ensure that it can establish optimal DSL connections under all circumstances. In individual cases (for example on DSL lines with outdated DSLAMs) the FRITZ!Box may only be able to establish a DSL connection with certain DSL versions. Therefore, test the current and the previous DSL version:

Using the latest FRITZ!OS

The DSL version is part of FRITZ!OS. Make sure that the FRITZ!Box is using the latest FRITZ!OS and therefore the latest DSL version:

Using the previous DSL version

If the problem occurs with the latest DSL version (for example after updating FRITZ!OS), test the DSL version of the previous FRITZ!OS:

  1. Click "Internet" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "DSL Information" in the "Internet" menu.
  3. Click on the "Interference Resistance" ("Line Settings") tab.
  4. Click "Interference Resistance Settings" to display all of the settings.
  5. Enable the option "Use previous DSL version".
  6. Click "Apply" to save the settings.
  7. Now the FRITZ!Box enables the previous DSL version and then restarts. The restart will take about two minutes.

7 Checking the DSL line

There may be a problem with the DSL line. Since it may take a while for your DSL provider to check your line, you may be charged for the service, and our experience shows that there is often a problem with DSL lines even if they have been checked by your provider, proceed as follows:

  1. Either: Test whether a different DSL modem works on your DSL line.
    • Or: Test whether the FRITZ!Box can establish a DSL connection on a different DSL line, for example at your neighbor's.

      Note:Only connect the FRITZ!Box to the DSL line and the power mains. A DSL connection was established if the Power/DSL LED remains lit after no more than 10 minutes.

  2. If another modem also does not work on your line, or if your FRITZ!Box can establish a DSL connection on a different line, then there is a problem with your DSL line. Contact your DSL provider and have them check your DSL line.

    ATTENTION!You may be charged for checking. Ask your provider about charges in advance!