FRITZ!Box 7530 review: an AC1300 router with Gigabit ports

Last year the manufacturer AVM launched the high-end FRITZ!Box 7590 router, a well-rounded device with an outstanding performance. We had the opportunity to do a thorough review of the FRITZ!Box 7590 at RedesZone. Today we bring you the review of its little sibling, the FRITZ!Box 7530, which has the same design and the same FRITZ!OS, although in a smaller size in order to reduce its price to €150. Do you want to see what we got out of this device?

Main characteristics of the AVM FRITZ!Box 7530

This new router has the same outstanding features of the high-end AVM FRITZ!Box 7590, such as FRITZ!OS and Wi-Fi Mesh support. The FRITZ!Box 7530 is smaller and cheaper than the FRITZ!Box 7590, as we can get it for around €150.

This router’s main feature is that it is dual-band (AC1300) and has MU-MIMO support to make the most out of the network while on the 5 GHz band. We can get up to 400 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band thanks to the 802.11n standard (Wi-Fi 4), and we can get up to 867 Mbps thanks to the 802.11ac standard (Wi-Fi 5). The FRITZ!Box 7530 has two internal 2T2R MIMO antennas for each band. The router has a physical WPS button to connect wireless devices easily without having to type in a password. Besides, we also get a QR code that will allow us to connect smartphones easily. FRITZ!OS provides a lot of options for wireless security.

This router’s FRITZ!OS 7 has Wi-Fi Mesh support, so we will be able to create an entire network if we have other FRITZ! devices at home, such as Wi-Fi repeaters, powerlines and even other FRITZ!Box routers. We had the opportunity to set up a Wi-Fi Mesh network at RedesZone with several FRITZ! devices, as you can see here:

The FRITZ!Box 7530 also has a xDSL port with an ADSL2+/VDSL2 modem, so every DSL technology on the market in Spain is covered. The firmware allows us to set up a VLAN ID for the internet connection. It is compatible with the operator Pepephone that uses a VLAN internet connection.

If you have fiber to the home (FTTH) or HFC like Vodaphone-ONO, you can use this router seamlessly. Although the router lacks a dedicated WAN port, we can actually set up the LAN1 port to work as a WAN port, just like it happens with the brand’s previous models. Of course, in this case we can also set up VLAN ID for any internet service in Spain. As for the local network, we have four LAN ports, or just three if we use the LAN1 port as a WAN one.

AVM’s new router features a VoIP PBX compatible with analog phone lines thanks to its RJ-11 port and its DECT base station for up to 6 cordless phones at the same time. This feature is ideal to make the most out of everything FRITZ!OS has to offer. We have several answering machines and a great management of the calls we make using the router.

In order to use our router as a little NAS server, we have a high-performance USB 3.0 port. The router’s firmware supports the SMB and FTP protocols, DLNA media servers. We can even connect USB printers to the router.

FRITZ!OS is essential to make the most out of the router. The firmware is highly advanced, providing a lot of setup options such as a VPN server, Wi-Fi Mesh support, and a really user-friendly interface in our language.

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