Powerline adapter test: FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN Set and FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100

FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN Set and FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100

Powerline adapter test: FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN Set and FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100: 1260e

Not so long ago, we were content with a modem and blocked with the Internet use the phone line. Today we no longer need a telephone connection and can make calls via the internet connection thanks to fiber optic cables, surf the internet at great speed, while the little ones watch films about Amazone Prime.

What is taken into account in newly built houses and where every room has a network connection, is by far not standard in older houses and rented apartments. Retrofitting cables is time-consuming, sometimes not permitted or even possible. A wireless solution is needed.

For today I have two interesting devices from AVM in the test. On the one hand, this is the FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN set for expanding the network and the FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100 to extend the range of Dect telephones.

Contents: FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN Set and FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100

  • The test use
  • The FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100 in the review
  • FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100 from AVM - Technical Data
  • FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100 from AVM - Installation
  • FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100 from AVM - range
  • FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100 from AVM - Smarthome
  • The FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN set in the review
  • FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN Set - Technical Data
  • FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN Set - Installation
  • FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN Set - range and transmission speed
  • Conclusion to the FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN Set and FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100

The test use

The test application is not chosen for no reason and with a good test result, the devices would actually find their use here.

Many of the test reports published here arise in my test workshop, which is located at some distance from the house and thus the router (the FRITZ! Box 7490). Although a network cable is laid, but this is very long and partially exposed to wind and weather. Nevertheless it has to supply some devices. These include a laptop, two network cameras, a satellite receiver and, if required, several smartphones. No good conditions for a poorly laid Cat6 network cable.

Likewise, I have to be reachable during my work in the workshop by phone and thus the FRITZ! Phone 5 unfortunately reaches its limits. The reception is just enough to talk on the door to the workshop. In the workshop or even on the workshop computer, the reception is so weak that a telephone call can no longer be made.

Keeping in mind that the workshop is about 20 meters from the router and separated by two cast concrete walls and a wooden wall, the transmission and reception performance is quite understandable. Remedy to now create the two test devices from AVM. If you provide for fast internet in the workshop and a good telephone quality, you will receive my purchase recommendation and I would also buy it and use it permanently.

The FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100 in the review

FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100 from AVM - Technical Data

(Manufacturer)

connections

  • Connection to mains with 230 V, 50 Hz at socket for plug type F (Schuko, CEE 7/4)
  • Radio standard DECT
  • Connected devices: up to 2,300 Watt / 10 A

Powerline adapter test: FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN Set and FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100: powerline

AVM FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100

System Requirements

  • 230-volt outlet
  • FRITZ! Box with DECT and FRITZ! OS 5.50 (or higher) or DECT base with repeater function (GAP)

features

  • Phone calls encrypted tap-proof
  • Up to three calls simultaneously possible
  • DECT switch: Activate or deactivate the repeater at the base
  • Automatic update function
  • Integrated temperature sensor
  • Integrated socket - no slot is lost
  • Record the temperature history of the last 24h
  • Compatible with DECT base stations of the GAP standard (basic functions) and with activated repeater function
  • Repeater function for HD telephony, Internet radio and RSS
  • Range can be extended in any direction with further FRITZ! DECT repeaters
  • Increases the range for Smart Home devices with DECT ULE (from FRITZ! OS 6.50)
  • Information about the operating state of the repeater is displayed by the DECT monitor of the FRITZ! Box
  • Supports automatic handover of DECT phone calls so you can switch between base and repeater at any time during a call

FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100 from AVM - Installation

The first step is to test the Dect repeater. After all, it can happen that I have to call customer service. But joking aside, it is already unfavorable, if one stands for telephoning in the workshop door and incidentally would have to the computer, in order to send at the same time the telephone partner information by mail, which occurs frequently with my activity. I would therefore be very happy if the Dect Repeater is able to solve this problem permanently.

Powerline adapter test: FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN Set and FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100: 1260e

For installation, pressing a button is enough.

If we take a look at the box and its contents, it is noticeable that not much accessories are needed, and the limited operating elements (two LEDs, one with push-button function) let one goeasy installation shut down.

The user manual provides a simple and clear overview that everyone should understand. After all, installation work is not necessary. The FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100 only needs to be connected to the FRITZ! BOX, which is done just as fast as unpacking it out of the box.

To install, just plug the Dect repeater into a power outlet near the router, wait until it signals its readiness by an LED indicator and then theWPS of the router. That was it already. The router (in the test the FRITZ! BOX 7490) connects to the DECT Repeater 100 and transmits all important information. Afterwards, the repeater can be plugged in at its destination and starts its work. It could hardly be easier.

FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100 from AVM - range

To test the range, I first test the maximum of the phone. Directly in the workshop door I can still telephone, in the workshop there are interruptions and at the computer place the connection breaks off completely.

Powerline adapter test: FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN Set and FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100: 1260e

The distance between house and workshop is approx. 13 m as the crow flies. In the house, the Dect signal then through a 12 cm poured concrete wall, through about 5 m living room, again through a 12 cm concrete wall and in the hallway about 3 meters to the router. The workshop has an insulated and clad wood stud wall.

Now it's the turn of the repeater. If he does not have at least the same range, I can not use it because there are no protected sockets between the house and the workshop. The next option is a socket directly on the front door of the workshop. Here I insert the repeater and after a fairly short start time he has his connection and is ready for action. Perfect, that fits and I can call in the workshop.

But is there more possible? So the FRITZ! DECT Repeater is now placed where the FRITZ! Phone has reached its limits. The repeater is a bit bigger and of course also allows a larger or better antenna, which actually makes itself felt. The second photo clearly shows that the Repeater 100 is connected to the router by means of the lower LED. The placement of the repeater would also be possible here. Thus, the repeater even has an even higher range than the FRITZ! Phone itself. I'm impressed.

So if you want to know before the purchase, where he can place the DECT repeater and if he really allows a transfer of the signal, has the opportunity to test this with his FRITZ! Phone. Where this reception has, the FRITZ! DECT Repeater from AVM also establishes its connection.The total range can therefore be doubled accordingly.

Of course, not only is interestingmaximum range, but also the question of how the conversion of the received signal. This process of the connection change is a bit strange for me, but works very well during operation.

Powerline adapter test: FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN Set and FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100: 1260e

The FRITZ! Fon has reached its limit in this position.

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The FRITZ! DECT Repeater establishes a secure connection.

Since my workstation often switches between the office in the house and the workshop, the FRITZ! Fon also often changes the Dect connection between router and repeater. This is noticeable by a beeping of the phone when it loses the reception and has to establish a new connection. Sometimes it takes a while, but goes faster, if briefly (even with key lock) any key is pressed. So at least my impression - may also have been coincidence.

Now one could assume that this has a negative effect on an ongoing conversation, but far from it. By chance, I had a conversation in the office and during the conversation I had to go to the workshop to look for something. In order to use the opinion of an outsider, I then asked the interlocutor, if he noticed something. He said to have heard a very soft cracking, which did not affect the conversation. This could be done consistently in very good quality. Dhe change between the connections takes place in the conversation immediately and without disturbance - automatic handover.

FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100 from AVM - Smarthome

Smarthome is on everyone's lips and right now literally become a battle cry. I too am a technology freak and love such refinements. With a Dect repeater, however, I do not rely on any smarthome features.

Powerline adapter test: FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN Set and FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100: fritz

The FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100 measures the room temperature and saves the last 24 hours in the FRITZ! Box.

The more astonished I was that the FRITZ! Box displayed a smart home device. The FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100? What does this have to do with smarthome?

You should certainly not expect overwhelming features, such as switching the looped through socket (would be interesting), but the repeater has at least onebuilt-in temperature sensor, This transmits the current temperature to the router and can also be called up on the telephone. In addition, the received data is stored in the FRITZ! Box and displayed as a diagram.

Personally, I have no (currently) any use for this information, but who theSmarthome features from AVM uses and controls the heating with it, can incorporate the temperature sensor and requires no additional device for this purpose. In my diagram is clearly seen that I left the workshop last night at 2:00 and turned off the heating. 8:00 clock was work and the heating takes about an hour to bring the workshop to a comfortable temperature. Information that I could use to control the heating on a schedule and to have a warm workplace at work.

The FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN set in the review

FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN Set - Technical Data

(Manufacturer)

Connections and interfaces

  • Socket for plug type F (Schuko, CEE 7/4)
  • WLAN AC (up to 866 MBit / s gross, 5 GHz) and N (up to 400 MBit / s gross, 2.4 GHz)
  • 1 x Gigabit LAN (10/100/1000 Base-T, RJ45 socket) for the LAN connection of Smart TV, set-top box, Blu-ray, NAS, hi-fi, games console u.a.

WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS

  • WLAN AC (up to 866 MBit / s gross, 5 GHz) and N (up to 400 MBit / s gross, 2.4 GHz)
  • Dual WLAN: Simultaneous use of the 5 and 2.4 GHz band
  • Compatible with WLAN 802.11g, b and a (11, 54, 150, 300 Mbps)
  • Maximum Wi-Fi security with WPA2 (802.11i), easy setup with WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) at your fingertips
  • Extends the WLAN of the FRITZ! Box via Powerline
  • Repeater function to increase the wireless range of the router without powerline bridging

Powerline adapter test: FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN Set and FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100: powerline

AVM FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN set

details

  • WLAN access point up to 400 Mbps (2.4 GHz) and WLAN AC (5 GHz) with up to 866 Mbps
  • Extends the WLAN of the FRITZ! Box via Powerline
  • Repeater function increases the WLAN range of the router without powerline bridging
  • Eco: particularly energy-efficient in operation
  • Up to 1,200 MBit / s Powerline data rate and robust connections at long distances in the network (according to Powerline standard HomePlug AV2)
  • Quality of Service: Data prioritization for trouble-free video transmission and Internet telephony
  • Supports multicast sessions over IGMP
  • Factory-encrypted: 128-bit AES
  • Supports Internet Protocol IPv6
  • Compatible with Powerline adapters of the 200 to 1200 Mbps class and the IEEE P1901 standard
  • Practical multifunction button for secure powerline connection recording and WLAN device connection via WPS
  • Own web-based user interface for easy setup, operation and maintenance
  • Extended functions with the program FRITZ! Powerline for Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP

FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN Set - Installation

The installation is almost as easy as the Dect repeater. Although a few more steps are needed, but no software must be called or manual changes and entries must be made. All connection operations are started and completed by simply pressing a few keys.

Powerline adapter test: FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN Set and FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100: adapter

Practical is the looped-through socket, which means that both devices can be accommodated in a socket during the installation.

The installation of the so-called PowerLAN (also called dLAN) takes place in three simple steps.

  1. Plug FRITZ! Powerline 1220E into a socket near the router.
  2. Connect to the router with a LAN cable, the connection will automatically build up.
  3. Plug FRITZ! Powerline 1260E into a socket near the router and wait for the automatic connection, which is indicated by LEDs.

That's it already and the 1260E device can be plugged into the desired place in a power outlet.The connection is self-contained and encrypted at the factory.

If you also want to use the Powerline 1260E (receiving device) as a WLAN repeater and thus expand the existing WLAN network, you must enter additional data, which can be done manually via the user interface or automatically via WPS. For this, after the first three steps, two more just as simple are needed.

  1. Press the Connect button on the FRITZ! Powerline 1260E for about 6 seconds.
  2. Then press the WPS button briefly on the FRITZ! Router to start the setup.

Done - theWLAN settings of the router are sent to the Powerline receiver and taken over by this. From now on, it makes no difference to all wireless devices, whether they connect to the router or the 1260E. No settings are required on the device.

However, what disturbed or unsettled me in the data transmission of the WLAN data is onemissing acknowledgment, Neither the router nor the powerline adapter signal that the data transfer has been completed. After the given time, the LEDs that signal the WPS function will stop flashing, no matter if data has been received or not. The data transfer worked but immediately and the wireless network was ready for use without further settings.

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The typical clear user interface of the Fritzbox can also be found on the FRITZ! Powerline 1260E.

If you want to directly access the settings of the Powerline adapter, this can be done in oneown user interface do. This is opened via the router or by direct IP input. In the usual FRITZ! Box style, the password prompt opens and the same password is entered, which was also set up for the FRITZ! Box. So it is not necessary to remember another one.

After entering the password, you think you are in the FRITZ! Box menu. The entire menu navigation is identical, but only contains the required functions. So you can find your way around immediately and can adjust all the basic settings for the device, the home network or the WLAN according to your own needs.

FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN Set - range and transmission speed

A PowerLAN network is required if the domestic network is to be expanded and the corresponding network cables are not misplaced. Theoretically, the FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN set supports data transfer of up to 1200 MBits / s. Theoretically! Of course, various components, such as your own network speed, the distance to be covered and the routing of the power lines, have an influence on this.

Powerline adapter test: FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN Set and FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100: fritz

Power supply in the test of the FRITZ! Powerline 1260E

The more power lines are laid and possibly also directly next to each other, the more disturbances by different consumers can influence the data transmission. Therefore, here is an insight into the test area.

The main power supply is located in the workshop and is distributed from there to the three points, workshop, main house and adjoining house. All three areas have an additional distribution box in the respective building for sub-distribution and are supplied with three-phase alternating current. In addition, all buildings are richly supplied with sockets and many areas were hedged separately. So there are a lot of cables laid, which are next to each other in the vicinity of the fuse box. Considering the many wires and the distance between the buildings, one can already speak of a very difficult condition. I will still test the connection setup in all three buildings.

The router is located in the hallway of the main building (brown in the picture) directly next to the power subdistribution. Here is also the starting point of the PowerLAN network in the test. This means that the connection in the main building takes a fairly short distance (two floors), but the detour has to take the detour via the workshop and the main distribution.

Transmission speeds in the test(Information of the FRITZ! Powerline 1260E)
Test building / roomdownload speedupload speed
Main house - lower floor492 Mbps370 Mbps
Main house - upper floor - phases 1250 Mbps98 Mbps
Main house - upper floor - phases 2144 Mbps99 Mbps
Main house - upper floor - phases 3300 Mbps192 Mbps
Main house - upper floor - bathroom with FI-switch208 Mbps103 Mbps
Workshop - Phase 127 Mbps38 Mbps
Workshop - Phase 255 Mbps44 Mbps
Workshop - Phase 348 Mbps42 Mbps
Nebenhaus - Phase 148 Mbps21 Mbps
Nebenhaus - Phase 281 Mbps35 Mbps
Nebenhaus - Phase 389 Mbps24 Mbps

The numbering of the phases has not been checked and does not necessarily have to be uniform between buildings - it only serves to show that sockets have been tested at the different phases.

Powerline adapter test: FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN Set and FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100: fritz

In a few seconds, the connection is established.

Powerline adapter test: FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN Set and FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100: test

And is available in the highest possible performance.

The Powerline WLAN set was connected directly to the router, which has a Gigabit connection. Already in close proximity, however, it becomes apparent that the 1000 Mbit / s are not reached. The cause is to be found safely in the laying of the cables or even the network cables used. But we do not test under laboratory conditions and according to the motto "what would be possible if..." but want theUse in a normal household test, Ideal conditions are rare.

So the values ​​are also to be seen as absolutely realistic and a gigabit network can hardly be expected. To do this, one has to keep in mind that specially shielded cables must be used for a gigabit LAN. Power lines, on the other hand, do not provide any shielding at all. A transmission rate of 1000 MBit / s is therefore theoretically possible, but practically not feasible, as the test result shows.

If we stay in the lower floor of the house, they areTransfer rates are very good and are up to 500 Mbps. But even on the second floor, this value can be halved and very different. However, it should be noted that we are still in an area above the typical home network of 100 Mbps. Very few people play vast amounts of data through their own network and therefore need a gigabit network. In short, the FRITZ! Powerline 1260 WLAN set isin the house even faster than the cable network with 100 Mbit / s, Here is a comparison of different transmission speeds. The details of the FRITZ! Powerline refer to several tests on different sockets.

DSL 6000DSL 16000VDSL 50Powerline in the annexFast EthernetPowerline in the buildingGigabit LAN
6 Mbps16 Mbps50 Mbpsbetween 30 and 90 Mbps100 Mbpsbetween 140 and 500 Mbps1000 Mbps

It is easy to see how the FRITZ! Powerline Set can be classified and where it makes sense to use it. If you stay within a living room or home, AVM's Powerline makes it faster than a typical Fast Ethernet network that is available to most. However, it can not arrive against a well-installed gigabit network and only achieves half the theoretical speed.

If you leave the building with the Power-LAN and have to travel longer distances, you also have to expect significantly reduced speed. When surfing the Internet, however, hardly any loss will be noted because the Powerline set can still compete with a 50s VDSL connection. However, if you want to "transport" large amounts of data over long distances, you are better off with a fixed Fast Ethernet cable. Nevertheless, the quite good speed impressed despite the great distance. In a multi-family house, probably even the basement could be provided with Internet access.

Why no speed test in the wireless network? The question is quite easy to answer. No matter how fast the Wi-Fi connection between the Powerline and the used terminal device, the data can never be transmitted faster than they are provided by the Powerline. Therefore, the transmission speed of the powerline connection (which has been tested) is crucial, not the wireless connection.

Conclusion to the FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN Set and FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100

A combination of the FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN set and the FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100 was tested, because both devices have the same goal - they want to expand the area of ​​application of the Internet connection without an additional cable installation. Be it surfing the Internet or expanding your own network and IP telephony.

FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100

The test result can be quickly and easily summarized. The connection is established with the push of a button. The range is very good and the calls can be made without interruption even when changing the reception areas between the router and the Dect repeater.

In addition there is a tap-proof encryption and the integration into the Smarthome network with its own temperature sensor.More can not be expected from a Dect repeater. Errors could not be found either during setup or during operation. Thus, the FRITZ! DECZ Repeater 100 performs with an excellent test resultI will equip my workshop with such a model.

Powerline adapter test: FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN Set and FRITZ! DECT Repeater 100: test

FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN set

The functionality of the 1260E Wi-Fi set is of course a bit bigger, but as wellquickly furnished and ready for use, which requires neither special skills nor complicated adjustments. Nevertheless, the 1260E WLAN set can be over a veryclear user interface adjust and adjust to the smallest detail.

The speed of the data transmission varies and depends heavily on the laid line network. The targeted 1200 Mbit / s were only achieved in the test to 50% and thus remain a theoretical and unattainable value. Nevertheless, it should be noted that the values ​​achieved are absolutely comprehensible and more than sufficient for home use. Even over a lotlong distances and across buildings the FRITZ! Powerline 1260E WLAN set can be used. With an applied three-phase alternating current, no differences in the phases used were found.

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