The best home office tips for the Fritzbox

The best home office tips for the Fritzbox


Manufacturer AVM is known for its fritzboxes – and the versatile software. We show 10 tips for the home office on the new FRITZ!Box 4060. […]

The network veterans of AVM now have a considerable product range not only of routers, but also of smart home devices in their portfolio. Not only are devices constantly being added there, regular product maintenance is also an issue. Version 7.29 of the router operating system focuses on smart home, but also on a lot of network control and overview.

1. Mesh Overview

Which devices are particularly important? On the Fritzbox you can set which device should be prioritized in terms of Internet connection, if the bandwidth reaches its limits. So you don’t have to worry about lags when transferring data to the office, just because the young team next door is playing Minecraft (or vice versa). Especially in times of the home office of invaluable value.

How it works: Surf enter the password on the bottom of the router (or your own if you have set a new admin password) so that you can access the router’s interface. Click on the Internet/Filter item, then on Prioritization. Under the item Prioritized applications, click on the New Rule button. Select the desired device and, if necessary, the desired application.

If you do not select an application, all network applications of the selected device – for example, your desktop – will be prioritized in the network. If you select Real-time applications instead of prioritized applications, other data transmissions will even be stopped in case of doubt. In addition, you can use the same menu to determine what percentage of the bandwidth should be available for the devices in the home and how much for the guest network – and of course, which devices belong to which group.

2. Access control for devices

The Internet access of devices with time-limited network access can be extended by 45 minutes with individual tickets. These tickets can also be completely reset (these will be replaced by new ticket codes) and individual tickets can be marked as “used up”. This can be found under Internet/Filters/Access Profiles.

3. Improved call management

Until now, it has been possible to block phone numbers or entire number ranges – both for incoming and outgoing calls. However, rules had to be created according to the If/then/else modular principle. Under Telephony / call handling, these areas are now visually clearly divided and can be managed much easier.

4. Move Contacts

The new Fritz!OS now allows you to move phonebook entries between different phonebooks on the Fritzbox. This is how you separate the professional from the private. This function can be found under Telephony/Phonebook. Open the desired phone book, select the contact, click Move and select the destination phone book.

5. Radio Channel Overview

The Fritzbox provides an overview of all devices that are in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radio bands, including the information about the channel used. However, it was rather confusing until now – now it can be sorted by radio band, so that a better overview is created. This can be found under WLAN/Radio channel.

6. Save settings and data

Even a Fritzbox can cause trouble. Under System/Backup you can back up and restore both your configurations and your telephony data.

7. Push service

Get notified when you miss a phone call, when someone has spoken to your answering machine or someone has logged on to the guest Wi-Fi. These push notifications by e-mail can be found under System/Push Service.

8. Access profiles

It is understandable that the somewhat stricter security standards may apply on a business laptop. Under Internet/Filters/Access Profiles, create a profile that is a bit more restrictive in terms of web applications or blocked sites. If you then forget to change the device after work, there can be no problems.

9. Temperature and humidity

Small private office spaces can get warm and humid on a long working day heated by electrical appliances. The temperature and humidity can be displayed with the DECT 440 button. This smart AVM device can also be used with the Fritz! Smart Home app can be controlled.

(Origin: 22.3.2021, updated on 4.3.2022)

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