AVM FRITZ!Box 4020

A sur­pris­ingly flex­i­ble router if you’re look­ing to net­work on a bud­get

Mac Format - - RATED - Man­u­fac­turer AVM, http://en.avm.de 802.11n Wi-Fi, 4x Fast Eth­er­net ports, 1x USB 2.0, UPnP AV server Very af­ford­able Good depth of fea­tures DNLA and NAS fea­tures

The 4020 sits more at the en­trylevel end of AVM’s router lineup, and though fairly light­weight in con­struc­tion, it still has some good fea­tures for the money. It can be used just as a wire­less router, or also con­nected to any ca­ble, DSL or fi­bre­op­tic mo­dem, or a wire­less don­gle for mo­bile in­ter­net ac­cess. As well as Eth­er­net ports, it has a USB 2.0 port for con­nect­ing a don­gle, or a printer or hard drive to share wire­lessly.

The box works only on the 2.4GHz band with a max­i­mum through­put of 450Mbps, which will be fine for most users though slow for large file trans­fers. Sig­nal strength was good, how­ever, and there’s a solid fea­ture set that can be man­aged through a web browser. You get WPA2 se­cu­rity, guest ac­cess, au­to­matic chan­nel se­lec­tion, a media server that uses SMB, FTP and UPnP to make mu­sic, pic­tures and videos avail­able over the net­work, and parental con­trols, among other things.

Another nice fea­ture is FRITZ!NAS, whereby sign­ing up on the web­site en­ables you to ac­cess the con­tents of a con­nected hard drive even from out­side your net­work, po­ten­tially us­ing any in­ter­net con­nec­tion.

This is a very af­ford­able router with great fea­tures for home users and a rel­a­tively pain­less set-up pro­ce­dure. It doesn’t have cut­ting edge hard­ware con­nec­tiv­ity but it has enough for reg­u­lar users, plus a bet­ter depth of op­tions and tools ac­ces­si­ble in its soft­ware than you might ex­pect. Hollin Jones

A very af­ford­able router with great fea­tures for home users, plus some set-up flex­i­bil­ity if you want it.

Small and light­weight but not lack­ing in soft­ware‑based op­tions.

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