The Berlin router manufacturer AVM regularly brings out updates for its Fritz boxes and other Fritz devices. This includes, for example, repeaters, powerline adapters, but also Fritz hairdryers. TECHNOLOGY BUTTON has the information about the latest updates.
Once a year AVM publishes a comprehensive software update for its devices. With Fritz! OS 7.20 and the later small jumps to Fritz! OS 7.21, 7.22 and 7.23, the current versions have been available since July 6, 2020. These bring numerous innovations for the Fritz boxes, repeaters and powerline adapters. Gradually, AVM delivers the new firmware to its devices. In advance, the company prepares the so-called release candidates mostly in a laboratory for the Fritzbox update. New functions will also continue to be tested with minor updates from the Fritz laboratory. Here you can find out which devices AVM is currently offering an update for.
In the list we provide updates to the official FritzOS as well as the latest laboratory versions. Since AVM is only testing new functions in the Fritz Laboratory, the software can lead to minor problems during operation. Therefore, please note our comments that we give on the installation of a Fritz laboratory.
- The latest Fritzbox updates at a glance
- The innovations in the current FritzOS 7.2x
- Fritz Labor: That is important to note
The latest Fritzbox updates at a glance
January 8th: Update for Fritzbox 7590 and 7490
The first update that AVM is rolling out in the new year comes from the laboratory and is intended for the Fritzbox 7590 (version: 07.24-85135) and 7490 (version: 07.24-85134). With the updates, the router manufacturer mainly fixes minor errors, so that the firmware of the Fritz boxes runs more smoothly overall. It is particularly important that the adjustments mean that websites now load faster than before. The WLAN guest access has also been improved.
Overall, AVM gives the following details for the Fritzbox update:
- Fixed – The setting “Only surf and email” for the WLAN guest access did not work
- Fixed – No PPPoE connection despite working DSL connection (7590 only)
- Fixed – Web pages were significantly slow or only partially loaded (7590 with 7.24-84940)
- Fixed – Share links from Fritz! NAS required entering login data
- Fixed – The “Support” page was no longer directly accessible
December 21st: New laboratory update for Fritzboxes and repeaters available
After a series of officially completed updates, AVM has now rolled out a Fritz laboratory again. The manufacturer supplies both the Fritzbox 7590 (version: 07.24-84940) and the older Fritzbox 7490 (version: 07.24-84944) with the new beta software.
The current Fritz Laboratory brings a number of innovations, especially in the area of the Internet and the system. For example, AVM has improved the WLAN stability and fixed a problem that was responsible for a slow internet connection in the Fritzbox 7590 after the previous update. There are also other, smaller innovations in the field of mobile communications and telephony.
In detail, AVM makes the changes in the update as follows:
- Fixed – The error message when an IPv4 address was assigned twice for a home network device was not visible
- Fixed – Slow internet connection in some scenarios after updating to 7.24-84707 (7590)
WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS:
- Improvement – increased stability
- Fixed – The icons for existing contact pictures are not displayed in online phone books
- Improvement – The display of the symbol for a prioritized device was sometimes incorrectly assigned
- Improvement – Error handling when activating the option “Access also from the Internet allowed” revised with an invalid password
- Fixed – When setting up the MyFritz! App or the Fritz! App Smart Home, it could not be used while on the move or a message appeared that the login data was invalid
- Improvement – New option for the generic integration of different variants of known mobile radio sticks “Compatibility mode for mobile radio sticks”
The Fritz! Repeaters 3000 and 2400 also receive an update from the laboratory. The two firmware versions have the identifiers 07.24-84853 and 07.24-84849. They bring improvements in the system and fix various minor errors. AVM lists the following innovations for its repeaters:
- Improvement – Messages for WLAN under “System / Events” improved
- Improvement – Detection of several parallel WPS activations improved
- Improvement – Messages about the DFS waiting time under “System / Events” revised
- Improvement – Naming of the WLAN guest access (SSID, default) depending on the language selection
- Improvement – stability improvements
- Fixed – In rare cases, multiple radar waiting times with subsequent loss of connection occurred in the 5 GHz band
- Fixed – In rare cases the 5 GHz connection to the Fritzbox was lost
- Fixed – When changing the WLAN standard from “11a + n” to “11n + ac” problems occured with the assignment of channels
- Fixed – Incorrect event under “System / Events” with WPS during the DFS waiting time
December 10th: Update for Fritzbox 6591 Cable and 7530 AX
AVM is currently providing an official update for two Fritz boxes. On the one hand, the Fritzbox 6591 Cable receives Fritz! OS 7.22. All customers with a free cable router can now install the new software; customers with a provider model will receive the update somewhat delayed. On the other hand, the manufacturer supplies the Fritzbox 7530 AX router, which is only two months oldwith new firmware. He gets the update to Fritz! OS 7.21. However, there is no more detailed information on what exactly AVM has changed. We therefore assume that the update will primarily deliver the standard innovations. These include better WPA3 encryption, higher performance with Mesh WiFi, as well as online phone books for the Fritz! Fon and new ring tones for Fritz! DECT. There are also some innovations in the smart home.
With the cable Fritzbox, however, AVM gives more details about the update. The manufacturer describes the innovations for the Fritzbox 6591 Cable as follows:
- Improvement : Interoperability with certain network remote stations increased
- Improvement : VPN / L2TP speed increased
WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS:
- Fixed : Info sheet with access data for WLAN guest access (for printing) corrected
- Fixed : Sporadically failed telephony connection via IPv6
- Improvement : stability
December 7th: Fritz-Powerline 546E and 1240E get an update
After the Fritz boxes and repeaters, two of the powerline adapters from AVM now also receive new software. The update to Fritz! OS 7.13 is available for the Fritz-Powerline 546E and 1240E. With it comes an easier login to the user interface as well as various minor improvements to the user interface.
- Fixed Incorrect display of the Fritz Powerline products connected to Fritz Powerline 546E or 1240E in the home network overview of the Fritzbox
- Fixed Fritz! Powerline products that are connected to FritzPowerline 546E via Powerline, only got the update status “cannot currently be determined …” displayed in the home network (only 546E)
- Improvement Logging in to the user interface with a Fritzbox user account simplified
- Improved support of the new registration procedure in the upcoming Fritz! OS for Fritzbox
- Improvement Various minor improvements to the user interface
- Change option to create and restore a backup file removed
WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS:
- Improvement Compatibility with Sonos multi-room speaker systems improved
The update for the powerline adapter can be installed directly via the Fritzbox interface.
The innovations in the current FritzOS 7.2x
With the Fritz! OS 7.2x, AVM is delivering over 100 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. Overall, AVM is introducing innovations in all core areas such as the Internet, telephony, smart home and home network.
We have summarized for you which adjustments and functions the Fritz! OS 7.20 contains in detail:
Fritz Labor: That is important to note
If an update comes from the Fritz Laboratory, different conditions apply compared to the official updates. Because with the laboratory firmware, AVM is testing new functions that will later become part of the large, official firmware update at the end of August or beginning of September. It is therefore beta. 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, the data and settings on the router should be backed up to be on the safe side. Once this is done, users can download the laboratory firmware in the Fritz Laboratory from the AVM website and save it as a ZIP file on their computer. After unzipping the file, the following steps are necessary for installation:
- Call up the Fritzbox interface in the browser with http://fritz.box and enter the password for your Fritzbox if necessary
- At the bottom of the menu you will find the footer “View: Advanced”, which you have to activate
- You will now find the “FritzOS file” tab under “System / Update”
- In the input field, select the path to the previously downloaded and unzipped ZIP file and click on “Start update”
If laboratory firmware is already installed on the Fritzbox, a new update is offered automatically. Note that the update process can take a few minutes. Meanwhile, the router’s info lamp flashes. When the update is complete, the Fritzbox restarts automatically. Data and settings are not lost, so that the router is ready for use again as usual.