Moving takes a lot of effort. This is how you set up a new Fritzbox in a flash and you are online immediately.
Moving from one router to the next is effortless.
A move is always exhausting: boxes have to be packed, transported and cleared again at the new location. It’s nice when the move is also very easy: because if you buy a new Fritzbox, all the settings from the old model can be easily transferred. We’ll show you how best to do this.
Save Fritzbox settings
As with a Windows computer, you also need a backup for the Fritzbox, which you import on the new model in order to restore the saved settings. You create the backup file via the Fritzbox browser menu under “System -> Backup”. To save the current settings, first enter a password that will be used to encrypt the backup file. When you enter it, the menu shows you how strong the selected password is – it must be rated at least “medium” for the security to continue. You must not forget the password, otherwise you will not be able to use the backup. Continue the process with “Save”. Then you have to enable the process: Either by entering the displayed number combination on a telephone connected to the Fritzbox via DECT or cable and confirming with the connection button. Or you press any key on the Fritzbox housing. This only works if you have not set a key lock for the router. You can check whether this is the case under “System -› Keys and LEDs – ›Key lock”. At the end of the backup click on “OK” again. The backup file then ends up in the storage folder that you have specified in the browser – usually “NewsABC.nets”. It has the ending “.export”. The file name is made up of the model name of the Fritzbox, the installed Fritz OS version and the date and time at which you saved the file.
Because the Fritzbox requires approval, you can only perform the backup if you have access to the router. If you want to perform a remote backup from time to time, you have to switch off the release request beforehand – at home, because the Fritzbox also wants a confirmation for the deactivation. You can now switch off in the Fritzbox menu under “System -› FRITZ! Box users – ›Registration in the home network” by unchecking “Also confirm certain settings and functions”.
You can view what the Fritzbox saves in a backup file in an editor: However, only a small amount of content can be understood and assigned immediately.
So a Fritzbox saves the settings automatically
Backing up the Fritzbox settings is not only recommended when moving to a new router model. Current problems with the router or home network can also be solved by importing a backup file. In this case it makes sense to have a backup created automatically on a regular basis. You do this using the push service of the Fritzbox: Go to “System -› Push Service ”and click on the plus sign in front of“ Save settings ”. Activate the push service and enter an e-mail address to which the Fritzbox will send a message about the backup, as well as a password for protecting the backup file. Now the Fritzbox always creates a backup before you import a firmware update or reset the router to the factory settings.
You can instruct the Fritzbox to automatically create a backup of the settings in certain cases and to inform you of this by email. To do this, activate the push notifications in the router menu.
Import backup file on a new Fritzbox
Use the Fritzbox menu to restore the backup file to the new AVM router. The file contains the settings that you specified for certain options in the old Fritzbox. If the new device is the same model, the backup can therefore be imported completely. If you connect a new Fritzbox for the first time, you can import the backup file directly on the start page by clicking on the blue link “Apply settings”. Via “System -› Backup – ›Restore” you get to the same menu. Select the backup file under “Select file”, enter the password for the backup and click on “Restore”. Confirm by pressing a button on the housing or by Fritzphone and click on “OK”. Now it takes a while for the router to read in the backup and restart – the display in the browser may not change either: be patient for a few minutes and check the Fritzbox housing to see whether the LEDs are no longer flashing light up as usual. Then call up the Fritzbox menu and see whether the router has adopted the settings.
If you restore the backup file to a different Fritzbox model, the new router automatically shows you a selection of the settings that it can adopt. This also happens if, after selecting the backup file, you tick the option “I choose which settings should be restored”. Select everything that you want to transfer to the new Fritzbox and confirm with “Apply”.
When you connect a new Fritzbox, the router immediately offers you the option of importing the saved backup file from the previous one.
If the old and new Fritzbox are very different or if you only want to transfer some settings to the new router anyway, you can make your selection from the possible options in the menu.
With the same Fritzbox or another device from the same model series, you can usually transfer all settings via the router menu without any problems using a backup file.
Nothing works without a current Fritz OS
The most important preparation when moving the Fritzbox settings: Check the installed Fritz OS version on the original and the new model. Because you can only transfer the backup file if the same version is running on both boxes. The move also works if the Fritz OS on the new box is more up-to-date than on the old one – it doesn’t work the other way around.
In most cases it is not a problem to do the update afterwards, for example if you have already dismantled the older Fritzbox and the new Fritzbox is online. Then call up the menu of the new model and go to “System -› Update – ›FRITZ! OS Version” and click on “Find new Fritz! OS”. The Fritzbox searches for a new version on the update server and installs it, if available. You can then import the backup file.
Install new Fritz OS offline:
If you want to provide a new DSL Fritzbox with the saved settings before you connect it in order to save yourself having to enter the Internet access data, you can also import a new Fritz OS offline – provided you stay with the same provider and tariff and only the Fritzbox switch. If the old box is still connected, go to the website
on. There you download the appropriate Fritz OS file for your new model – it is the file with the extension “.image”. Connect a computer to the new Fritzbox using a LAN cable or WLAN, open its menu and go to “System -› Update – ›FRITZ! OS file”. If this menu item does not appear, you may have to click on “View: Standard” at the bottom left to activate the extended menu. You can now save the settings or do without them by unchecking the box. Then use “Select file” to call up the path to the saved Fritz OS file. You can now install the firmware with “Start update”.
Saved settings cannot be transferred to another Fritzbox if an older Fritz OS version is installed on it than on the original router.
When a backup file doesn’t work
The method described works particularly easily if you switch to a different Fritzbox within a connection technology – for example with a DSL connection from a 7490 to a 7590. Basically, the backup also works between Fritzboxes for the cable connection – even if you are from switch from a provider box to the router you bought yourself. In this case, it is important to connect the new box in order to get a current Fritz OS immediately: because if the new box has an older version than the previous model, the backup will not work. The backup file can then be imported: Select the method here in which you select the settings that you want to transfer to the new box – settings for WLAN and for fixed IP addresses are useful. The entries for Internet access and telephone connections cannot be transferred. They are not even included in the backup file, because you have to register the new cable router with the provider beforehand.
Even when changing the DSL provider, the new Fritzbox cannot establish a connection with the saved access data for Internet and telephone: You should therefore only use selected settings for WLAN and home network from the backup file.
If you have adjusted many settings in the Fritzbox configuration, for example created numerous port forwardings or assigned fixed IP addresses, on the one hand it is worth importing a backup file. However, if that does not work or the new router only partially accepts the settings, the search for the error can take a long time. Many Fritzbox professionals therefore take screenshots of the individual menu pages before moving. Then set up the new router from scratch using this information in order to be able to start with a clean system.
This is how it works with other routers
The configuration of the router can be saved on most devices and imported again later on this device or one of the same model series. With another router from the same manufacturer this usually does not work. Only devices for the professional sector, such as from Draytek and Lancom, offer a corresponding option. Backup files cannot be exchanged between routers from different manufacturers.
Some Telekom Speedport routers (for example Hybrid, Smart 1 to 3) have the “Backup & Restore” function. If it is activated, the device saves the WLAN SSID, the WLAN password and the assignment of the telephone numbers to the connected devices on a Telekom server. If you then switch to another Speedport router with this function, it fetches the data from the cloud so that the WLAN works immediately as usual and you do not have to reconnect the home network devices. According to Telekom, this function will soon also be available for other routers such as the Speedport Pro. The router receives basic settings and the access data for the Internet from the Telekom server when it is connected anyway.
You can find this function in the Speedport menu under “Settings -› Save settings – ›Important settings”. To activate it, please select the option “Automatically backup and restore important settings (recommended)”. You can create a backup of the current configuration under “All Settings”. However, this file can then only be forwarded to a router from the same model series.
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