AVM expands its WLAN product line with the Fritz Repeater 1200. We test how the new Mesh Repeater beats with a Fritzbox 7590.
Since AVM functions around WLAN mesh integrated into the firmware Fritz OS, more and more compatible endpoints come. The new Fritz Repeater 1200 is a dual band mesh endpoint designed to extend existing systems at relatively low cost. The EIA is just under 70 euros, even cheaper than the Zyxel Multy U (review).
The mesh repeater is part of our theme world around Wi-Fi mesh. The following articles have already been published:
The white-red Fritz Repeater 1200 has a Gigabit socket and radiates in two WLAN frequency ranges, according to AVM with the following gross speed:
- In the 2.4 GHz band up to 400 Mbps
- In the 5 GHz band up to 866 Mbps
When paired with a Fritzbox the Fritz 1200 Repeater takes over their wireless settings on request automatically, such as the SSID network name and the wireless password. This is a fine thing and part of the so-called mesh comfort. In conjunction with a Fritzbox, this acquisition has worked flawlessly in the test. For the test we use a Fritzbox 7590 (test report) with firmware 7.12. The repeater had firmware 7.11 recorded.
The coupling of the Fritz Box 7590 with the Fritz Repeater 1200 is very simple:
- Both devices are set up at a short distance and connected to the power supply.
- Then press on the repeater 1200 briefly on the red connect button and on the Fritzbox 7590 within 2 minutes on their white Connect / WPS button. This will couple the two devices. As soon as the hectic LED flashing stops on both devices, the connection is established.
- The Repeater 1200 is disconnected from the socket and brought to its final destination. Ideally, the Fritz-1200 then sits approximately midway between the 7590 and the wireless terminals to be supplied.
The question of faith, whether there is a mobile app or a PC browser for the first installation, does not arise because of the simple push button coupling. Later fine adjustments will be done by the Fritz fan, however, usually on his preferred PC browser. The free AVM FRITZ! App WLAN for Apple iOS and Google Android can support the user in some areas, such as the optimal positioning of the repeater in the mesh system. A consistent full-and-remote management of the mesh system via cloud and mobile phone (such as Google WiFi (test report)) is not recognizable with AVM however.
After pairing, the repeater 1200 has adopted the same WLAN SSID network name as the Fritzbox 7590. In our case, this is "FRITZ! Box 7590 CH", on all frequencies used.
A plus of the last update is the improved user guidance. This can be seen for example in the "home network overview" in the router, which becomes more understandable and chic with each update. In the following gallery we show the setup of the system in detail.
(Photo: Harald Karcher)
The Fritzbox 7590 is connected in the test via LAN with a Fritzbox 6590 Cable. The latter hangs with nominal 530 Mbps DL and 53 Mbps UL per DOCSIS 3.0 on the Vodafone cable 500 Internet. From there, however, not always enough net speed comes, in order to explore the WLAN limits of all mesh test candidates also in the tips.
That's why the 7590 also hangs on a Synology DS1618 + 10 Gigabit NAS server. On this are among other things 30x 1GB files, which we download during the measurement in different places in the WLAN.
For the measurement we use both a Razer Blade 15 notebook with 11ac Wave 2 WLAN adapter such as a Sony Xperia XZ Premium (test report) with 11ac Wave 2 WLAN. With these devices we walk from the DG (top left in the house graphic) to the upper floor room 4 (right center) and back again. The two mesh stations are intentionally unfavorable on the left edge of the apartment, so that the test track is as difficult as possible.
In the following measurement walks with the Razer Blade 15, at first only the Fritzbox 7590 was alone (blue curve), then additionally the AVM Repeater 1200 (red curve).
As you can see in the red curve, the 2-mesh team in the concrete test apartment and with the latest firmware did not really do better than the Fritzbox 7590 single-handedly.
This is also because the 7590 since firmware 07.11 has apparently overcome its strong Durchsatzdurchhänger at measuring point four in conjunction with the fast notebook. If we had a weaker Fritzbox than Mesh Master and a slower Wi-Fi client in use, then the Repeater 1200 could probably provide a much larger (relative) added value. But the strong 1733-Mbps WLAN laptop can basically surf faster on the strong 1733-Mbps Fritzbox 7590 than on the much weaker 866-Mbps-Repeater 1200. Please take this into account when interpreting the following measurement graphics.
In addition, the Fritz Repeater 1200 may perform quite differently in other test environments, such as in 200-meter underground car parks or canteens large office buildings with a clear line of sight between two very distant mesh points. Fritz users do not usually live in underground garages and not in large canteens.
In the table we show how the repeater performs compared to other mesh systems:
AVM 7590 (Firmware 7.12)
AVM 7590 & AVM 1200
Zyxel Multy U, single
Zyxel Multy U, set of 2
Asus Asus RT-AX92U, single
Asus Asus RT-AX92U, set of 2
AVM 7590, single
AVM 3000 & 7590
Google Wifi, individually
Google Wifi, set of 2
D-Link Covr, single
D-Link, Covr Set of 2
OG room 2
OG room 3
OG room 4
Throughput in Mbps
We take the next measurement with the 866 Mbps Sony mobile phone: To do this, we refuel the Sony Xperia XZ Premium 11ac Wave 2 phone with the FRITZ! App WLAN from AVM. But this app measures just the speed between mobile phone and mesh station. Caution: This is not the complete end-to-end throughput from the NAS server to the mesh stations to the cell phone, but only the shorter direct distance between the cell phone and the system's preferred mesh station.
In the two following graphics, 7590 & 1200 were on simultaneously. The system was allowed to decide for itself where exactly the mobile phone logs in when.
The following graphic shows:
- In the DG, the phone starts on the 7590 and stays in the second room.
- In the third room, it switches to the repeater 1200 in the 2.4 GHz band.
- In the fourth room the team Sony & 1200 switches the speed up to the 5 GHz band.
- In the back room, the pair of Sony & 1200 goes back to 2.4 GHz.
After all, the system did not stick so hard in a slow mode, as we still could observe with the AVM 1750E (review) and the AVM 3000 (review). However, we had there even older firmware in the devices, even if it is only a few weeks ago.
On the way back the Sony phone starts in the back room on the repeater 1200 bravely and stable at 2.4 GHz. It remains in this slow band but full 5 minutes across all 5 measuring points away stick to the best-supplied roof. However, such gluing does not have to be fundamentally bad, because too frequent changes of mesh can also bring hecticness, demolition hazards and switching breaks into a mesh system. With the Asus RT-AX92U (test report), the experienced user can even set himself how long the system should stick to exactly where.
Who anyway just has an Internet connection with a maximum of 50 Mbps net power, will not notice much of the sticking with AVM, as long as he does not make meticulous measurement protocols. Because 50 Mbps net anyway already more than you need for a few 4K video streaming at all. And even the budget-priced Fritz Repeater 1200 transports 4K video streaming in our test apartment to the farthest corner, even over the lame 2.4 GHz band.
But times are changing: Who may already enjoy a 500 Mbps or even 1000 Mbps cable or fiber optic connection, this turbo speed with a Fritz Repeater 1200 just not lossless can distribute to the farthest corners of his domicile.
Fresh from the box, without any connected devices, pulled the Fritzbox 7590 about 7.2 to 8.4 watts from our power meter. With several connected LAN, WLAN and USB devices, active VDSL-100 and four active DECT phones, the consumption went up to 13 to 16 watts.
The Fritz Repeater 1200, however, drew in standby only 3.0 watts, and at light surf load with a logged-Sony smartphone synonymous only very passable 4.14 watts from our 230-volt socket. AVM itself calls one active power of 3.8 watts for the Fritz 1200.
Depending on the utilization, the Wi-Fi mesh pair 7590 & 1200 consumed a total of 11 to 18 watts. But then there was already the complete Fritzbox 7590 with all its many functions.
AVM Repeater 1200
AVM Fritzbox 7590
The AVM Fritz Repeater 1200, we could super easy and quick on a Fritzbox 7590 install. He benefits, like almost all Fritz products, from a visually increasingly beautiful mesh home network software.
Who already has a fleet VDSL box like the 7490, 7580, 7590 or a fast AVM cable Internet box like the 6590 or 6591 at home, can Fritzbox with a AVM Repeater 1200 for just under 70 euros to a small dual Expand Band WLAN Mesh.
However, the AVM 1200 repeater in our test house tended to show the same disease as the aged and popular AVM repeater 1750E at around 60 euros, or the expensive AVM 3000 at 130 euros: when the mesh system first entered the slow 2.4 GHz Switched down, then it is sometimes difficult again in the fast 5-GHz band high.
But that is whining on a high level, because who anyway just 10 to 50 Mbps net speed gets out of his Internet degree, with the AVM 1200 in a normal 100-square-meter apartment while surfing hardly felt a shortage. If you want to distribute 500 or even 1000 Mbps speed lossless over 200 square meters of living space, which should consider stronger Wi-Fi distribution.