The wonderful Shara Evans from Market Clarity interviewed me in the first in a new series exploring what the next decade might look like. Shara is a smart interviewer who does amazing background research and asks really interesting questions. The series will help provide material for a session she is presenting for Grahame Lynch’s CommsDay Summit in Sydney.
I have a shiny new Fritz!Box 7272 from Internode. This is the just released model. I connected it to my Internode service, set it up myself and in the best traditions of Internode it just worked.
Yes, Internode offered to set it up for me but I like messing with technical stuff 🙂
Contrary to the statement on the Internode website, I had no problems with caller_id on the legacy PSTN line.
I get 18.9/2.5mb from the ADSL2+ AnnexM service. That’s a bit more than from the old Billion.
One of the two gigabit ethernet ports are happily talking to my gigabit LAN and the two 100 meg ports are talking to media devices.
I have moved my iiNet VOIP service onto Fritz (it can handle heaps of VOIP services at the same time) and will set up the VPN (handy for connecting to the home network while I’m away to provide tech support…)
It’s a pity the NAS doesn’t do DNLA so I’m probably not going to try the fileserver.
The range of the DECT seems slightly less than my old Siemens A580 but the 7272 is quite happy driving the old Siemens handsets.
The key feature I wanted was time of day access control for the kids and setting that up was super simple.
IPv6 came up automagically without any set up required.
Sadly the 7272 does not have 802.11.ac but since I leave the WiFi turned off and use an Apple airport network this doesn’t matter to me. The wifi can also be turned off by time of day which was plan A for the kids but the MAC address based blocks are easier to admin and means I don’t need yet another SSID in the house.
AVM have created a winning product here.