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Fiber optic Fritzbox to xDSL

I would like to replace my old Fritzbox with a more modern one for my DSL connection, but I would like to be ready for a future fiber optic connection. Can the Fritzbox 5590 also be used for fiber optic connections on a DSL connection?

Yes, but that only works with additional hardware on the WAN port of the router. Connect an xDSL modem there, which comes with its DSL port to the telephone line. The 5590 uses this to establish the Internet connection until you hopefully have a fiber optic connection as soon as possible.

For connections with 250 Mbit/s you need a supervectoring-capable xDSL modem that can handle the VDSL profile 35b. Here, for example, a Draytek device comes into question. We subjected the Vigor 167 to a short test. The Zyxel VMG3006 is an alternative.

If you don’t want it to be new, you might find a Vigor 165 or a ZTE ZXHN H186 on the used market. If you only use conventional vectoring up to 100 Mbit/s in the downstream, it will be cheaper for you, because then a used Vigor 130 is also suitable, for example.

If your future fiber optic provider installs a “modem” as a media converter optical to electrical at your place, you can also connect it to the WAN port of the router. Then instead of the 5590, the somewhat cheaper Fritzbox 4060 comes into consideration. It doesn’t have an SFP+ port for fiber optic modules up to 10 Gbps, instead you connect the fiber optic modem to its Ethernet WAN port, which transports up to 2.5 Gbps. This makes it a good match for GPON connections, which currently deliver a maximum of 2 Gbit/s. You will also need the above xDSL modem with the 4060 until you switch to fiber optics.

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