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    Fritz!Box 3490 Router - 8 months in

    I was a devoted Draytek boy. For well over a decade.

    One had died years ago but the other two were spot on... then they both died in the space of a few months. The wifi senders died.
    I purchased an Asus as a stop gap and still have it, in it's box. It's ok.

    Was moving home and decided (wisely) to stick with Zen for my new broadband account and part of the setup was a deal on a Fritz!Box 3490 and I took it.
    It's a hideously ugly red thing that looks like it should say "To infinity.. and beyond!" on it ( dya like the infinity joke I squeezed in there?...no... OK)



    But, it's a beautiful piece of router loveliness. Red or not. Though.. it is red.

    The inbuilt software is, frankly, better and easier to understand that the Draytek stuff. It hasn't missed a beat for 8 months. Never rebooted itself, not coughed, sneezed farted or stopped being utterly reliable.
    The wifi range is very good, and the speed I get on my mobile devices around my brick built house are very impressive.
    The 4 ports are gigabit, and with it stuffed unceremoniously down the back of a sofa for the first 6 months of it's life, if it was gonna get hot and flake out, it would have. It didn't.

    Over the first weeks of my Zen account in the new house the speeds slowly improved, and the router re-synced up and up. I started at 50mb/s download and 18 up. I'm now on just over 70mb/s down and 18 up.
    That's where I found the Drayteks lost the plot- they went up too fast and then over cooked the link and had to drop right back, losing internet connectivity at inappriate times. So far, Fritz! hasn't done that.

    Now, onto a connected rant about Windows 10 networking - it's crap. I am fed up with trying to get my 3 PC's to share folders. It was a doddle in XP, it was harder in Win7, and now it's just broken in 10.
    Sometimes, those 3 PC's cant see each others shared folders for ... minutes... many minutes... and occassionaly, they never get there.
    I know there are IT techs out there who, with a CMD line would have it solved, but for a network caveman like myself, I want to Right Click a folder, Share it, choose who can edit or just read, and reboot and it work.

    Win 10 doesn't do that.

    Back to the Fritz!Box ... Fritz! NAS.

    Every device in my house can see the Fritz! as a Media player, but also as a NAS.
    Get a fast USB drive. (Use FlashBench to test your drives, then do some research, find that your own drives are rubbish and get something fast on Amazon/Ebay like I did)
    Whack it into the Fritz!Box, log into the router, click the Fritz!NAS and set it up. It's painfully easy.

    Then everyone can see it and Win10 File Sharing can go and assault itself in a dark alleyway somewhere. Cos it's deserves to be beaten stoopid

    I put an high bit rate HD film on the NAS and it streamed beautfully.

    So I'm going to say, I'm now a Fritz!Box fan. It just works.

    Even though, it's Dogs K~'b Red

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    Re: Fritz!Box 3490 Router - 8 months in

    I’m still loving myDraytek 2920 - with its built in VPN server! (Great when I’m out using an unprotected wireless network - just VPN back to the router).

    (But I expect the Fritz box can do that too?)
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    Re: Fritz!Box 3490 Router - 8 months in

    think so, but I have never had the need to use it
    https://en.avm.de/products/fritzbox/...echnical-data/

    think it's "Secure remote access over the Internet with VPN (IPSec)"

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