Stiftung Warentest tested a total of three WLAN routers from AVM, two routers from TP-Link, two from Telekom, and one model from Asus. One of the three AVM routers is only suitable for wired internet.
In the end, an AVM router also took the podium as the test winner: according to Stiftung Warentest, the FritzBox 7590 is considered “very good”, the only router in the test. The testers liked the many features, the ease of use, and the 2.4 GHz WLAN, which is important for most WLAN devices. It should be particularly good with this model. Grade 1.5, very good.
WLAN router in test: AVM clears
The FritzBox 7530 is only 0.1 point worse and therefore “only” “good”. Although it is cheaper than the test winner and consumes less power, it still did not do as well. The reason given by Stiftung Warentest: “Others can do better WLAN data transmission.” Currently, the router is available on Amazon for just under $ 120.
The bronze is for TP-Link and the Archer VR 2800v model. The overall rating probably would have been better, but the testers were annoyed that the factory-set WLAN password is too weak and a device’s password can only be one character long. The set WLAN password is critical because many users never change it. The box also lacks VDSL supervectoring.
Telekom Speedport Router in the test without a medal
Telekom landed fourth and sixth with its Speedport routers. Fourth place went to the Speeport Smart 3 and sixth place went to the Speedport W 925 V. For a better rating, the best placed device lacks, for example, USB 2.0, upgrade options on non-telecom connections as well such as answering machines and call restriction. The W 925 V also has high power consumption as a point of criticism. The rating of both routers was only “satisfactory” with a rating of 2.8 and 2.9 respectively.
In the case of the Asus DSL-AC68VG, Stiftung Warentest finally criticized the fact that WLAN users can take over control of the device and the lack of VDSL supervectoring. The testers also found the lack of automatic updates negative. This also applies to the last placed TP-Link VR900v V2.
Gigabit Cable Router: Good
Unfortunately, Stiftung Warentest only looked at a WLAN router for cable connections. It is the AVM FritzBox 6591 cable. It is especially suitable for gigabit cable connections. Vodafone currently markets it, for example, as an additional option to the gigabit connection for 40 euros. If you rent the box there, you can also buy it.
It is “versatile but hungry for electricity.” This evaluation is surprising insofar as Stiftung Warentest indicates that the power consumption is 14 watts, 3 watts more than the test winner. This makes a difference of 26 kWh per year, at 26 cents per kilowatt hour, that is, less than seven euros. In the end, the box obtained the 2.0 school grade. A soft “good”.