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AVM Fritz!Box 3270 review

A more reasonably priced AVM Fritz!Box, but is it a cut too far?

Our Verdict

For

  • Friendly interface
  • 5GHz support

Against

  • No mixed-mode frequency
  • 100BaseT LAN ports

The AVM Fritz!Box 7390 was a massively impressive, if over specified do-it-all wireless router. It also happened to be one of the first dual-band 802.11n routers we'd tested.

While that router remains priced in the £200 (around $310) region, AVM has released this outwardly similar device that inside isn't quite as accommodating, with all of the highfalutin DECT, ISDN, SIP and VoIP functions stripped out.

Even so, what you have here is a full ADSL2+ DSL router, with dual-band 2.4GHz or 5GHz 802.11n wireless internet, four 100 Base-T ports and a USB 2.0 socket for NAS and printer support. It'll also provide full UPnP media server streaming, and NAS and can run an FTP off it as well.

Unusually for an up-to-date design the AVM Fritz!Box 3270 still provides manually adjustable antenna and it's sporting that unmistakable AVM Fritz!Box red and silver style. But can it offer anything over other ADSL2+ dual-band routers such as the Netgear DGND3300?

Benchmarks

Our key tests run a batch of file transfers over the wireless networking at both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands using a standard Centrino 2 laptop. Results are going to be limited because it only supports 100 Base-T LAN, but even so we'll run file transfers within the same room, one brick wall away and a line-of-sight distance test of 25 meters.

Same room transfer speed

File copy - MB/s: higher is better

Netgear DGND3300 2.4GHz: 10.5MB/s
Netgear DGND3300 5GHz: 11.8MB/s
ASUS EA-N66 2.4GHz: 9.7MB/s
ASUS EA-N66 5GHz: 23.5MB/s
AVM Fritz!Box 7390 2.4GHz: 9.9MB/s
AVM Fritz!Box 7390 5GHz: 19.3MB/s
AVM Fritz!Box 3270 2.4GHz: 10.9MB/s
AVM Fritz!Box 3270 5GHz: 9.8MB/s

One room away transfer speed

File copy - MB/s: higher is better
Netgear DGND3300 2.4GHz: 7.1MB/s
Netgear DGND3300 5GHz: 10.7MB/s
ASUS EA-N66 2.4GHz: 6.5MB/s
ASUS EA-N66 5GHz: 12.3MB/s
AVM Fritz!Box 7390 2.4GHz: 6.3MB/s
AVM Fritz!Box 7390 5GHz: 9.8MB/s
AVM Fritz!Box 3270 2.4GHz: 9.0MB/s
AVM Fritz!Box 3270 5GHz: 11.2MB/s

25m line-of-sight transfer speed

File copy - MB/s: higher is better
Netgear DGND3300 2.4GHz: 5.2MB/s
Netgear DGND3300 5GHz: 5.1MB/s
ASUS EA-N66 2.4GHz: 2.5MB/s
ASUS EA-N66 5GHz: 9.0MB/s
AVM Fritz!Box 7390 2.4GHz: 2.3MB/s
AVM Fritz!Box 7390 5GHz: 6.4MB/s
AVM Fritz!Box 3270 2.4GHz: 4MB/s
AVM Fritz!Box 3270 5GHz: 4.8MB/s

Tech Specs

Product TypeModem/Wireless Router
Broadband Transmission TechnologyADSL2+
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
ISM BandYes
UNII BandYes
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
USBYes
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports4
Product FamilyFRITZ!
Wireless Transmission Speed300 Mbps
Brand NameAVM
Form FactorWall Mountable, Desktop
ISM Maximum Frequency2.40 GHz
UNII Maximum Frequency5 GHz
PoE (RJ-45) PortNo
Height25 mm
Width210 mm
Depth155 mm
ManufacturerAVM Computer System
Product Model3270
Product NameFRITZ! 3270 Wireless Router
Product LineFRITZ!
Manufacturer Part Number20002538
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.avm.de
Marketing Information

AVM is presenting a new FRITZ!Box model at Cebit. With the FRITZ!Box WLAN 3270, users are ideally equipped for all broadband applications and can make the best use of their DSL line. With its WLAN N router and integrated DSL modem, the device connects computers and other network devices to the Internet quickly and securely. But the new FRITZ!Box offers more than that: for example, the USB 2.0 port allows USB devices such as printers and hard disks to be used conveniently across the whole network. The integrated media server lets you listen to music over your entire network even when your PC is switched off. The VPN (Virtual Private Network) function enables secure remote access to the network. With FRITZ! Mini as an addition to the FRITZ!Box, the advantages of Internet telephony can also be enjoyed via WLAN.