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FRITZ! Box change: transfer the settings to the new router

With its wide range of routers, repeaters and telephones, AVM offers many options for setting up your own home network. The focus is on the FRITZ! Box and serves as the control center. Once the FRITZ! Box has been set up and all the necessary services are running as they should, many users shy away from changing the router. You are afraid of having to start the sometimes tedious process of setting up the FRITZ! Box from the beginning. However, there is a method with which the configuration of the old router can be transferred to the new FRITZ! Box with just a few clicks and not even half an hour. We explain how changing the FRITZ! Box works. This is how the FRITZ! Box change works
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The latest FRITZ! OS makes switching easier

It used to be difficult to swap out an old router for a newer model. As a rule, users had to set up the new DSL hardware from scratch - including the access data to the Internet and the connection of combination devices such as telephones or repeaters. AVM has improved this point and for some time now has been offering the option of securing the settings of a FRITZ! Box via the router interface. This can then be conveniently transferred to the new router using the export-import function.

Switching from an old to a new FRITZ! Box is all the easier if both models are running with the same firmware version. This is the case, for example, when jumping from the FRITZ! Box 7490 to the FRITZ! Box 7580 or 7590. AVM currently offers FRITZ! OS 6.9x for many of its current routers. It is also possible to switch from an old FRITZ! Box such as the 7390 with an older FRITZ! OS version to a current model. Here, however, it can happen that not all data is transferred.

The preparations

Before removing the old router, there are some preparations to be made. The extended view must first be called up on the FRITZ! Box user interface (http://fritz.box). You should also check whether the latest firmware is installed. The user then has the option of saving the current configuration of the box in the System menu under Backup. The settings can be completely restored in the current FRITZ! Box - for example, if the router had to be reset to the factory settings due to problems - or in a FRITZ! Box of the same type. If, on the other hand, the user switches to a FRITZ! Box of a different type, only selected settings from the backup file are adopted. Later more.

FRITZ! Box: backing up data
Image: teltarif.de / Rita Deutschbein For a higher security of the data, the backup file should be protected with a password before being saved. If this does not happen, problems can arise when the configuration is restored later, as the FRITZ! Box may not accept the file. The backup file must be saved on the PC. For this, a storage location should be chosen that the user can find quickly. The file usually looks similar to the following example: FRITZ.Box model Fritz! OS-Version_Sicherungsdate_1927.export. The name therefore contains the type designation, the firmware version and the date of the backup.

If the steps mentioned have been carried out, the old box - for example the 7390 or 7490 - can be removed. When connecting the new FRITZ! Box, make sure that the cables are plugged into the correct ports, as the new AVM routers usually have a different housing shape than the FRITZ! Box 7390 or 7490. Caution should also be exercised with the power adapter, as the new router may require a different model. New design and different connection arrangement: The FRITZ! Box 7580
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Restore the FRITZ! Box configuration

Setting up the new FRITZ! Box

As soon as the new FRITZ! Box is connected, it boots up. In order to establish a connection with the router, the WLAN ID of the new router model must be entered in the network settings of the PC. This can usually be found on the underside or back of the device. Alternatively, the FRITZ! Box can also be connected to the computer using a LAN cable.

The next steps take place again on the FRITZ! Box interface. The "Restore" tab can be found in the same menu in which the backup was made. With a click, the user specifies whether the restoration should be carried out from an identical box or from a different model - when changing, the second point must be selected. In the next step, the previously saved .export file is selected and the password with which the file was saved is entered.

FRITZ! Box: restore data
Image: teltarif.de / Rita Deutschbein The following shows all the settings that can be applied to the new router. The data includes, among other things, the network settings, the telephone books and settings for dynamic DNS, the push service and the online storage. If the complete image is to be transferred, it is advisable to select all settings. The FRITZ! Box now loads the data with a click on the Apply button. According to AVM, the charging process should run for two minutes, although we had to wait around five minutes in a test attempt. When the process is complete, the FRITZ! Box restarts.

The finishing touches

Ready for use again, the new FRITZ! Box shows almost all the settings that users know from their old model. Both the access data for the Internet and the settings for the DECT telephones are adopted. However, the handsets of the telephones have to be re-registered with the base, which is done in a few seconds: Click Register in the FRITZ! Fon menu and hold down the DECT button on the router until the corresponding LED flashes. The same procedure must also be carried out for smart home devices such as FRITZ! DECT repeaters or radiator thermostats, as these do not automatically reconnect with the new box.

It gets a little more difficult with the WiFi network and the connected devices. Although we had the new FRITZ! Box in operation in our test case and had already entered the WLAN password in the network settings of the PC, the router was managed under the name of the previous, old router after the restoration. This is due to the fact that we did not give the box a name of its own before switching, but instead used the one preset by AVM. When transferring the data under WLAN -> radio network, the name of the old box was simply taken over.

In principle, this is not a problem, but we have decided to change the name. As a result, however, all devices that access the WLAN then had to receive the new access data. To avoid this problem, it is advisable to choose a router name for the network from the outset that is type-independent and therefore does not require any change when changing.

If devices to expand the WLAN, i.e. repeaters, are used in the home network, these must also be reconnected to the new router. Here it is recommended to reset the repeaters to the factory settings in order to avoid possible problems with old data residues on the repeater. On its website, AVM explains how the WLAN repeaters can be reset. FRITZ! Box 7490 in a classic design with its connections
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Conclusion: AVM makes changing routers easy

The most important settings can be transferred quickly and without major problems when changing routers thanks to the export-import function. This includes not only the Internet and telephone configuration, but also data on the FRITZ! Box user including e-mail, settings for the push service and the telephone books created. Even the telephone list and call blocks are transferred to the new FRITZ! Box.

Only smart home devices have to be re-registered, which in the case of the DECT telephones and the DECT repeater works in a few seconds. With the WLAN repeater, the process of re-registering takes a little longer because it should be freshly set up, i.e. reset to the factory settings first. All in all, the new FRITZ! Box and the smart home devices are fully operational in about half an hour after the change.

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The transmission of an existing router configuration is also possible with cable boxes from AVM. In the article: From 6360 to 6490: How to change the Kabel-Deutschland-Homebox, we have described the procedure.

If you want to see the inside of the FRITZ! Box 7490, you will find our photo gallery of the screwed-on box here.