The best Fritzbox alternatives for every budget

In Germany, the router market is dominated by the Fritzbox from the manufacturer AVM. However, there are now many alternatives that score points in terms of both quality and price.

Whether in the apartment, in the house or in the office: Nothing works without good Internet these days. The right router is therefore crucial. The Berlin-based company AVM dominates the market with the Fritzbox. The Fritzbox 7590 (around 180 euros) is considered a showpiece router with excellent features, many connections, easy configuration, support for smart home and continuous firmware updates. Nevertheless, the Fritzbox is not always the right choice – atechbook presents the best alternatives.

Alternatives to the Fritzbox

Not all routers are the same. The chosen model should fit the user’s needs. Therefore, a Fritzbox is not always a must. We present you some alternatives, which are characterized by different performances.

Router under 150 Euro

Speedport Smart 3 (approx. 115 euros)

As the price-performance winner in the 2021 router test, the Telekom “Speedport Smart 3” router performs very well and is thus not only a cheaper, but also a high-quality alternative to the Fritzbox. Compared to its predecessor and standard router, the Speedport Smart 2, the third generation scores with better WLAN performance (600+1733 Mbit/s instead of 450+1733 Mbit/s).

Advantages:

  • very good WLAN performance: 1733 Mbit/s (11ac on 5 GHz), 600 Mbit/s (11n on 2.4 GHz)
  • Support for Telekom mesh satellites (Speed Home WiFi)
  • also serves as a basis for Telekom Magenta Smart Home
  • Guest network function plus WLAN to Go

Disadvantages:

  • only available at Telekom
  • few telephone system features
  • low connection equipment
  • not very intuitive to use

Netgear Nighthawk RAX10 (approx. 120 euros)

Netgear has created a versatile router with its “Nighthawk RAX10” model. Streaming, making phone calls and playing online games at the same time? No problem for this router. Advanced technology and high compatibility make the router an excellent Fritzbox alternative.

Advantages:

  • good data transfer rate: 600+1200 Mbit/s
  • easy installation
  • very good WLAN range
  • Wifi 6 Streams: Simultaneously stream movies without interruption, play online games, make video calls and transfer files at up to 1.8 Gbit/s WLAN speed
  • compatible with existing and new Wifi-6 devices, like iPhone 11/12, Galaxy S21 etc.
  • compatible with all connections up to 1 Gbit/s, including cable, satellite, fiber, DSL and others
  • BitDefender technology for protection against viruses, malware, fraud/phishing/ransomware

Disadvantages:

  • no integrated DSL modem
  • no USB port
  • no WPS function

Router over 150 Euro

Asus DSL-AC68VG (approx. 180 Euro)

Supervectoring 35b and Multiuser MIMO (three devices in parallel) are the top options of this Fritzbox alternative, which also offers WLAN with 2.4 and 5 GHz.

Advantages:

  • Up to 180 square meters of transmission area, even across two floors
  • fully integrated telephone system with answering machine function
  • compatible with xDSL connections from Telekom, 1&1, Vodafone, O2 and other providers
  • Ai-Radar technology for interference-free reception
  • VPN implemented
  • compatible with ADSL, ADSL2/2+, VDSL2 and Vplus-35b broadband connections
  • via USB 3.0 connection of a printer or an external hard disk possible
  • antennas can be removed individually to set them up in other places
  • quick-start guide enables installation in the shortest possible time

Disadvantages:

  • no ISDN port
  • no smart home support according to DECT-ULE protocol

Turris Omnia (approx. 330 euros)

The router manufacturer is not as well-known as AVM, but still produces a good Fritzbox alternative with the Turris Omnia. The “Omnia” model combines an open source router with a home server.

Advantages:

  • Dual-core processor and 2 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory and integrated virtual server
  • seven Gigabit LAN ports as well as fiber optic ports
  • Replaceable 11ac WLAN module
  • speed: up to 114 Mbit/s
  • Reports possible botnet attacks and thus provides more security
  • Open source expandable

Disadvantages:

  • Internet access must be provided via external paid modem
  • VOIP telephone system is missing and has to be installed afterwards

Also interesting: WLAN gets faster and more stable! 6 GHz band enabled

Router alternatives for bargain hunters

If you want to do without the Fritzbox and have a stable home network even on a small budget, you’ll find many good alternatives. We present four of them to you:

Routers under 50 euros

This WLAN router is unbeatable in price and is especially suitable for small apartments.

Advantages:

  • good data rates at close range: up to 450 Mbit/s WLAN speed
  • easy installation and operation
  • three external antennas for optimal WLAN coverage and range

Disadvantages:

  • no integrated DSL modem
  • no USB port
  • Data rate drops noticeably after a few meters

Archer stands for “archer”. TP-Link actually hits the mark with this Fritzbox alternative:

Advantages:

  • Data transfer rate: 1300 Mbit/s on 5 GHz and 600 Mbit/s on 2.4 GHz
  • Functions such as parental control, access control, guest network for personalized management
  • 3×3 MIMO technology: data transfer and reception on three streams for connections between 3×3 clients
  • quick-start guide enables installation in the shortest possible time

Disadvantages:

  • no USB port

Router from 50 Euro

Cudy WR2100 AC (approx. 50 euros)

If you don’t want to spend 180 euros on a Fritzbox, but just need a practical router for cable, DSL or the fiber optic modem without many additional features, the Cudy WR2100 AC is a very good alternative. It gets by with only two antennas, but still offers usable performance for smaller apartments even through walls and is even Alexa or Smart Home compatible. Only three clicks are needed to set it up. The Cudy can even be used to set up a WLAN guest network.

Advantages:

  • Price extremely low for what it offers
  • also supports the 5 GHz band for gaming
  • firewall and parental control integrated
  • up to 1733 Mbit/s on 5 GHz and up to 300 Mbit/s on 2.4 GHz
  • Dual-core CPU ensures high-speed network operation
  • Gigabit ports provide fast, stable connections
  • High gain antennas provide excellent signal strength
  • VPN clients help to establish secure connections
  • Dynamic DNS facilitates remote management of the router

Disadvantages:

  • Web interface slightly confusing during setup and also not in German
  • no firmware updates possible
  • manages a maximum of 100 MBit/s, even with stronger lines
  • occasional disconnections require restarting the router

This affordable Fritzbox alternative provides fast home network WLAN with HD telephony thanks to the latest VDSL2 technology, good range and high speed.

Advantages:

  • data transfer rate: 300+1300 Mbit/s
  • compatible with VDSL2/ADSL2+/ADSL2/ADSL standard and also works with fiber optic/ or cable connection
  • powerful antennas
  • easy installation und Verwaltung per App
  • 6000V lightning protection
  • up to six cordless and one analog phone or fax machines can be connected via DECT
  • compatible with most ISPs, e.g. Telekom, 1 & 1, Vodafone and O2

Disadvantages:

  • no WPS function: no connection of several devices in the home network via one button possible

Sources

  • Cudy
  • Asus
  • TP-Link
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