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Buying advice 2022: WiFi routers & repeaters






Many current notebooks and smartphones are equipped with Wi-Fi 6. Therefore, you should now also upgrade your home network to the current WLAN standard.

Switching to Wi-Fi 6 is particularly useful if you are switching to a faster Internet connection and need a new modem router for it. If you go online via VDSL supervectoring, they are recommended


AVM Fritzbox 7590 AX

for around 260 euros or the much cheaper one


Telekom Speedport Smart 4

for around 130 euros. The Telekom router offers faster WLAN and LAN, but has fewer and slower USB and telephone connections. The extensive software functions that are regularly expanded via firmware updates also speak in favor of the Fritzbox. For smaller home networks, the slower and slightly less equipped network is sufficient


Fritzbox 7530 AX

for around 170 euros. If you have a wired internet connection, you have access to it


Fritzbox 6660 Cable

for around 210 euros.

If you use a modem or a slow modem router from the Internet provider, increase the wireless network speed with a Wi-Fi 6 router. So-called AX3000 routers, which can transmit two MIMO streams with 160 MHz radio channels, are recommended for most home networks, which corresponds to the WLAN equipment of current notebooks: Prices start at around 90 euros for the


TP-Link Archer AX50

or the


Netgear Nighthawk RAX40

and go up to around 130 euros – about for the


Asus RT-AX58U

. For larger networks, it is twice as fast


Asus RT-AX88U

for around 170 euros.

The purpose of the repeater is also decisive

The best way to expand a large Wi-Fi 6 network is with the


AVM Fritz Repeater 6000

(around 210 euros), which is ideal as a tri-band device with the


Fritzbox 7590 AX

cooperates. If, on the other hand, only a remote PC with Wi-Fi 6 is to be better integrated, a socket repeater like that is sufficient


TP-Link RE605X

for around 75 euros. For a fast Wi-Fi 5 WLAN, rely on the Fritz Repeater 3000 with tri-band technology (around 115 euros) or the


Fritz Repeater 2400

for the socket (85 euros). You can speed up individual WLAN devices


Fritz Repeater 1200

or that


Devolo WiFi repeater + ac

(both from 60 euros).

Inexpensive Fritzbox alternative: The Telekom Speedport Smart 4 offers faster WLAN and LAN as well as the latest VPN software for remote access.

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Inexpensive Fritzbox alternative: The Telekom Speedport Smart 4 offers faster WLAN and LAN as well as the latest VPN software for remote access.

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