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FRITZ!Box 7360 unboxing

Wi-Manx have been using the Fritz!box as the default choice of router for over a year now.

The FRITZ!Box 7360 is ideal for new and existing Wi-Manx broadband users thanks to it’s compatibility with both our Broadband Lite/Plus (ADSL) & Velocity (VDSL) services. It can offer some impressive download speeds when coupled with our superfast Velocity service.

The integrated DECT base station can connect to up to six cordless telephones, including any DECT-compatible phones you may already have. This makes the FRITZ!Box 7360 fully compatible with our high quality VoIP service (PlusTalk) without the need for a PC or complicated software. With the included phone port at the back, it will even accept your land line calls! This, along with the built-in answer-machine that can email you your messages and a fax-to-email function, make the FRITZ!Box 7360 your own mini phone exchange.

Using our PlusTalk service with the FRITZ!Box 7360 gives you free calls to UK land-lines 24 hours a day 7 days a week, as well as competitive call rates to mobiles and international locations.

But there’s more! With an integrated media server; 2 gigabit Ethernet ports; and 2 USB connections that can be used for printers or storage media – this device sets new benchmarks for home networking.


Highlights at a Glance

  • Integrated VDSL/ADSL2+ modem
  • WLAN N router for up to 300 Mbit/s
  • WLAN N in the 2.4-GHz frequency band
  • Telephone system for Internet telephony and the analog fixed-line network
  • DECT base station for up to 6 cordless telephones
  • Integrated answering machines, fax function including fax-to-mail
  • Media server for music, images, and video in the network
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports for printers and storage devices in the network
  • WLAN guest access – secure surfing for friends and visitors
  • Integrates iPhone and Android smartphones wirelessly in the home network and allows for fixed-line and Internet telephony
  • Parental control
  • Simple setup over browser interface
  • 5 year warranty



Box Contents

  • FRITZ!Box Fon WLAN 7360
  • Power supply
  • 4.25 meter-long DSL telephone cable
  • 1.5 meter-long Ethernet cable
  • UK telephone adapter (x2)
  • Installation guide in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish

The FRITZ!Box is delivered with all cables and adapters required for installation and operation.



Connections

  • VDSL/ADSL2+ connection with analog fixed line
  • Port for an analog telephone
  • Two gigabit Ethernet ports, two high-speed Ethernet ports for connecting computers and games consoles, and integrating them into the network
  • Two USB 2.0 ports for devices such as printers, storage media and UMTS sticks
  • DECT base station for up to six cordless phones
  • WLAN radio networks in line with current standards (802.11n/g/b)


Setup



The set-up instructions leaflet is clear and simple, using pictures and concise descriptions. Since most Wi-Manx routers are pre-configured before collection, these simple instructions will have you on-line in minutes. And if you do get in to trouble, our support staff are more than happy to talk you through the process.

The FRITZ!Box comes with a special DSL cable and the Telephone (PSTN) cable combined into a single “y-cable” which connects to a single port on the back of the Fritz!box. The 4.25 meter-long cable is much longer than a standard DSL cable which gives you much more freedom to conveniently locate your router. Having a combined cable helps reduce the “cable mess” inherent in these types of devices.



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Wireless N





The FRITZ!Box 7360 allows WLAN connections with the 802.11n radio standard in the 2.4-GHz band. The implementation of multiple antennae with MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) increases the range, quality and data throughput of the WLAN connection. The Fritz!Box 7360 is secure straight out of the box thanks to its pre-configured, individual WPA/WPA2 encryption.   There is also the option to have Wi-Manx customise your wireless name (SSID) and password during pre-configuration.

DECT and Handsets



Configuring DECT is straightforward. Using your DECT compatible handset, make sure it’s ready to register then press and hold the DECT button located on the top of the FRITZ!Box for 5 seconds; putting it into registration mode, and enter the pin (0000) into the handset when prompted. Done!

Alternatively, you can set up DECT via the Fritz!box configuration.  Each handset can be set to dial out via a specific number, like your Wi-Manx SIP number, or the normal phone line.  For example, we pre-configure the router to send emergency (999) calls through the land line. Wi-Manx VoIP calls are distinguished with a double beep before the call is established.

Plus, your iPhone or Android device can also act as a Fritz!box handset! Using an application downloaded from the iPhone app store or Android market place, you can add your smart-phone or tablet to the telephony devices on your Fritz!box, enabling them to be used as handsets via your Wi-Fi.

Answering Machines and Fax


With the use of a usb-stick or External HDD plugged in to one of the usb ports, the FRITZ!Box 7360 provides you with an integrated answering machine function once configured. If you need multiple answering machines, you can add up to 5 extra ones to use at different times of the day, or to react to different incoming telephone numbers.

With the fax receiver functionality enabled, it auto-detects fax “beeps”, switching into fax mode. Received faxes are stored onto the usb storage device attached.

You can also have the messages forwarded to your email address using the router’s SMTP push service. The push service can be used to notify you of the following:

  • FRITZ!Box daily statistics
  • Answering machine messages
  • Missed calls
  • WLAN guest access
  • New FRITZ!OS updates
  • Configuration changes
  • Forgotten passwords
  • The router’s current IP address

Parental Control


FRITZ!Box protects your network and your children. Guest Access is a feature that allows your visitors to access the internet without giving them access to the rest of your home network, shared photos and videos.

The FRITZ!Box 7360’s parental control software gives you the ability to manage the time your children spend on the internet each day of the week.  In addition, unsuitable web pages can be restricted manually; but many are indexed by the German federal government (BPjM) and will be filtered.

uPnP


The FRITZ!Box supports uPnP for both discovery and control. For PCs and devices on your network to automatically open ports in the router’s firewall, you can enable this functionality in the configuration.  There are a lot of things that make use of uPnP including Xbox Live and Windows Home Server, so this saves a lot of manual configuration.

QoS and Other Features


QoS prioritisation is available within the FRITZ!Box. There are 3 levels of prioritisation available and it’s easy to set-up in the configuration:

  • Realtime (eg. VoIP and video)- set by default.
  • Prioritised (eg. remote access)
  • Background settings (eg. Torrents, Steam, backup)

Conclusion


So, as you can see, the overall quality and ambitious feature set of this router is outstanding.  We have not seen anything else on the market that comes close to the capabilities of the FRITZ!Box range.

From the time Wi-Manx started issuing the FRITZ!Box 7360 as the standard router for our broadband and VoIP users, the manufacturers (AVM) have been regularly adding to and improving the features on the router. For instance, the router is already compatible with AVM’s ‘smart home’ plug sockets which allows your router to measure how much power something is using, and to control it with a timer, or the mobile apps. Web radio & podcasts are a recent addition to the media server built into the latest FRITZ!OS, enabling you to listen to them on any playback devices supporting UPnP, or a FRITZ!Fon DECT handset.

With all this and the added bonus of the 5 year manufacturer’s warranty, the FRITZ!Box 7360 is perfect for home users, and we would even recommend it for small businesses.