Secret setting makes your Fritzbox even faster!

AVM’s Fritzbox routers are very popular with consumers. They offer high speeds and stable connections. But did you know that there is another well-hidden “Power Mode” in the settings that provides a further speed boost?

Those who buy a Fritzbox usually set up the router quickly without paying much attention to the many setting options in the menu. However, it can be worth taking a look at the somewhat bulky-looking menu: AVM delivers most Fritzboxes in the economical “Green Mode” ex-factory, which throttles the speed of the Gigabit LAN and USB ports. This is especially often the case with models that you get from your Internet provider.

However, the LAN and USB ports can also be operated in the so-called “power mode”. This means that the data rate of the Gigabit LAN port increases from 100 megabits per second (Mbit/s) to up to 1000 (i.e. 1 gigabit per second) – a noticeable speed boost. You can also unlock more speed on the built-in USB ports.

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How do I activate the Power Mode?

To activate Power Mode, you must first go to the Fritzbox menu with your computer. To do this, simply type into your browser.

Via the menu item “Home Network”, click on “Network” and then on the tab “Network Settings” at the top. There you will see a list of the different LAN ports under “LAN settings” – and you can switch between “Green Mode” and “Power Mode” there. However, the mode does not affect the WLAN, but only devices that are connected with a LAN cable and the router. If you want to know how to make your wireless Internet faster – this article provides useful tips.

Under “Home Network” and “USB Devices”, you can also adjust your USB ports this way. By default, the USB ports only work at USB 2.0 speed to save power. The “Power Mode” switches to UBS 3.0 and thus increases the transfer rate significantly. Especially for external hard drives with the blue USB 3.0 cable, this setting is a must.

The Power Mode of the Fritzbox
You can switch between Power Mode and Green Mode in the Fritzbox menu. Photo: atechbook

Which Fritzboxes support Gigabit LAN?

Almost all of them. A few exceptions are, for example, the Fritzbox 7430 or the Fritzbox 4020. On AVM’s official homepage, you can find an overview of all current devices – including whether or not there are ports for Gigabit LAN.

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When does Gigabit LAN make sense?

The option is primarily useful for people who transfer large amounts of data – for example, for elaborate Full HD or 4K video streams. Those who use many devices in parallel in their network will also benefit from the speed boost. However, the end device must also have a Gigabit LAN port. This is the case with many newer desktop PCs and laptops.

If you don’t have a Gigabit LAN-capable device and only surf the net with your laptop from time to time, check a few emails or watch a YouTube video, you should stick to the more economical “Green Mode” – an effect would hardly be noticeable here.

If you want to know how much speed you actually need for which purpose – this article clarifies.

atechbook says

Those who have a gaming PC with Gigabit Ethernet and a fast Internet connection should definitely turn on Power Mode and connect the PC to the Fritzbox via cable. Those who use a NAS server at home will also benefit from the higher transfer rates when moving data over the network. Otherwise, we simply recommend testing whether Power Mode makes a difference in Internet speed. If not, you can always simply re-enable Green Mode.