Update for Fritzbox and Co.: All functions and new features

Update for Fritzbox and Co.: All functions and new features

Update for Fritzbox and Co.: All functions and new features

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The Berlin router manufacturer AVM regularly releases updates for its Fritz boxes and other Fritz devices. These include, for example, repeaters, powerline adapters, but also Fritz phones. TECHBOOK has the information about the latest updates.

AVM has a whole range of different devices on offer, most of which are supplied with new firmware updates over the years. The updates bring numerous innovations for the Fritz boxes, repeaters and powerline adapters, but often also solve minor problems. In advance, the company usually prepares the so-called release candidates in a laboratory for the current major Fritzbox update. New features will also continue to be tested through minor updates from the Fritz lab. Here you can find out for which devices AVM is currently offering an update.

Please note:

In the list we include updates to the official Fritz!OS as well as the latest laboratory versions. Since AVM first tests new functions in the Fritz laboratory, the software can lead to minor problems during operation. Therefore, note our comments that we give about the installation of a Fritz laboratory.

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Current Fritzbox updates at a glance

Fritz boxes for DSL and cable get an update

In the past few days, AVM has rolled out updates for numerous Fritz boxes. Although they come from the Fritz lab, they are still important because they fix some annoying bugs. The updates are offered both for cable Fritz boxes and for models for (V)DSL connections.

The new laboratory version for the Fritzbox 6590 Cable and 6490 Cable adds the missing device names in the mobile view of parental controls and improves the print views of the list of approved IP addresses. AVM has also fixed the following bugs:

home network:

  • Fixed The timestamp of when a device was last active was reset when the Fritzbox was restarted
  • Fixed Incorrect representation of a LAN connection when it was switched between multiple network switches

repeaters:

  • Fixed In rare cases, the repeater’s connection to the Fritzbox could be permanently lost via a WLAN band

The update for the Fritzbox 6690 Cable, 6591 Cable and 6660 Cable is somewhat more extensive. Here, in addition to the improvements mentioned above, AVM has also optimized the WireGuard VPN connections:

  • Fixed The “Advanced Settings” were missing for certain WireGuard VPN connections
  • Fixed When importing a WireGuard VPN connection, no devices could be selected for using the VPN connection

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But not only Fritz boxes for cable connections get an update, also for the Fritz box 7590 (AX) and the 7530 (AX) a new Fritz OS from the laboratory is ready. In terms of content, it is very similar to the updates for the cable routers.

For the Fritzbox 7590 AX, 7530 AX and 7530, AVM mentions the following innovations:

Internet:

  • Fixed The “Advanced Settings” were missing for certain WireGuard VPN connections
  • Fixed When importing a WireGuard VPN connection, no devices could be selected for using the VPN connection
  • Fixed The device names were missing in the mobile view of parental controls
  • improvement Revised print views of the list of approved IP addresses in parental controls
  • improvement Management of routes and checking of network conflicts for WireGuard VPN connections

home network:

  • Fixed The time stamp of when a device was last active was reset when the FRITZ!Box was restarted
  • Fixed Incorrect representation of a LAN connection when it was switched between multiple network switches

repeaters:

  • Fixed In rare cases, the repeater’s connection to the Fritzbox could be permanently lost via a WLAN band

The changelog of the 7590 without Wifi 6, on the other hand, contains the following points:

Internet:

  • Fixed Changes to access profiles could not be applied with Safari browsers
  • improvement Interoperability improvement for WireGuard

WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS:

  • Fixed In the “Repeater” operating mode, the uplink was only displayed with one WLAN band on the “WLAN > Wireless network” and “Home network > Mesh > Home network access” pages
  • improvement Notice on the “WLAN > Schedule” page if the end time of the “daily schedule” is before the start time

The innovations in the current FritzOS

With the current Fritz!OS, AVM is delivering numerous new functions and optimizations for its Fritz devices. These should not only increase the performance of the Fritz boxes, but also improve WLAN connections from mobile devices, enable faster and more stable connections via VPN networks and ensure more security in the home network. A new relocation service is also planned, which should make it easier to switch between the Fritz boxes. Overall, AVM is introducing innovations in all core areas such as the Internet, telephony, smart home and home network.

Read in the linked message which adjustments and functions the update to Fritz!OS 7.50 includes.

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Fritz-Labor: That has to be considered

If an update comes from the Fritz laboratory, other conditions apply compared to the official updates. Because with the laboratory firmware, AVM is testing new functions that will later become part of the major, official firmware update at the end of August or beginning of September. It therefore has beta character. The manufacturer also points out that problems can arise when operating the software.

Users can try out a Fritz laboratory if the current FritzOS is installed on their Fritzbox. Before installing the software, however, the data and settings on the router should be backed up to be on the safe side. Once this has been done, users can download the laboratory firmware from the Fritz laboratory on the AVM website and save it on their computer as a ZIP file. After unzipping the file, the following steps are necessary for installation:

  1. Call up the Fritzbox interface in the browser with http://fritz.box and, if necessary, enter the password for your Fritzbox
  2. At the bottom of the menu you will find the “View: Advanced” footer that you need to enable
  3. You will now find the “FritzOS file” tab under “System / Update”
  4. In the input field, select the path to the previously downloaded and unzipped ZIP file and click on “Start update”

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If laboratory firmware is already installed on the Fritzbox, a new update will be offered automatically. Note that the update process may take a few minutes. Meanwhile, the router’s info lamp is flashing. When the update is complete, the Fritzbox restarts automatically. Data and settings are not lost, so the router is ready for use again as usual.

Update for Fritzbox and Co.: All functions and new features

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