The manufacturer did not provide more detailed information about the affected models

The manufacturer did not provide more detailed information about the affected models

High-performance WLAN and improved telephone reception are part of the program introduced last December "Future rail". The WLAN network is therefore to be gradually expanded to include more long-distance trains, train stations and also to S-Bahn and local trains in the coming years.

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Transfer rates of up to 1200 Mbit / s (gross). Transmission frequency: 5 GHz.


Very high transmission speed.


Since only the transmission frequency of 5 GHz is supported, older hardware that only supports 2.4 GHz cannot use this WLAN.

The new WLAN law comes into force immediately. It remains to be seen whether this will increase the number of public, free hotspots. Because operators are still exposed to the risk of warnings, warn activists.

With the publication of the Telemedia Act in the Federal Law Gazette, users of WLAN routers now have a free hand to make their Internet access public. The catering industry could also benefit from this, however, for smart home applications. Router manufacturers such as AVM have already adapted their models with an update for the new use as a hotspot.

Provider privilege for everyone

in the "Second law amending the Telemedia Act" it is made clear that WLAN operators fall under the so-called provider privilege. The actual abolition of interference liability, however, did not make it into the legal text, explained the digital society association.

According to the most active, the justification for the law only contains the note that the legislator would like to see that WLAN operators can no longer be warned for legal violations by third parties and that claims can no longer be made. 

An injunction also demanded for private WLAN operators

The change in the law did not pave the way for open WLAN in Germany, according to the critics. For this purpose, the coalition of CDU and SPD should have expressly exempted the operators in the law from injunctive relief.

Ulf Buermeyer, a judge at the Berlin Regional Court and an expert on network policy in the "Deutschlandfunk", warned. In short: Owners of a WLAN connection run the risk of being warned for illegal file sharing by third parties. The starting shot for a widespread WLAN, which was hoped for with the amendment to the law, could therefore not materialize. 

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The Fritzbox manufacturer AVM warns its users that criminals can misuse the router for expensive phone calls. In a message on its website, AVM writes that in individual cases it has been misused.

The manufacturer did not provide more detailed information about the affected models. However, this is "only possible with rarely used configurations in conjunction with older FRITZ! OS versions".

It is not new that Fritz boxes have to be used for expensive third-party calls. There were such cases as early as 2014. At the time, AVM asked all Fritzbox owners to install the latest device firmware. Users who have still not updated their AVM devices may now be affected. As early as 2014, there were repeated attacks on those who refused to update.

Update FRITZ! OS

For this reason, the Berlin manufacturer is again asking its customers to only operate the router with the current software version.doing community service essay Usually this is FRITZ! OS 6.50. You can check the installed Fritz OS version on the router’s user interface and update it if necessary.

The user interface can be opened in the web browser via the address Log in and switch to the area "System, update". There click under "Online update ” "Search for a new FRITZ! OS". The respective cable providers provide the latest update for cable routers.

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The bill for free WLAN access and public hotspots is ready, according to coalition circles. On Thursday, the federal government wants to seal the abolition of liability for interference. The regulation should come into force in summer at the latest.

The draft stipulates that the providers of WLAN access will no longer have to be liable for legal violations by their users in the future. Everyone can use it to open their network to others without being prosecuted if they do prohibited things on the network, such as illegally downloading or uploading files. In contrast to the earlier draft of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, there is no longer any provision for WLAN providers to have to protect their network against misuse by means of an entry page or a password.

The explanatory memorandum clarifies that the limitation of liability applies to every form of infringement. Also, the operator should not have to pay for warning costs or legal costs in connection with legal violations by third parties. A court order to stop or prevent the infringement, however, is permissible. However, this must "effective and proportionate" be. It is inadmissible if the WLAN operator can only comply with this by "that he shuts down the Internet access, secures it with password protection or encryption or examines all communication over the connection for legal violations".

Germany lagging behind in terms of WiFi hotspots

Wireless Internet access is not only gaining in importance in the hotel and catering industry, but also in airports and shopping centers. Citizens’ offices, medical practices and libraries are also in the starting blocks. Germany is considered to be lagging behind in the spread of public WLAN networks.

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The SIG industry consortium has given the go-ahead for the Bluetooth 5 radio standard. With the new radio technology, electronic devices should be able to be connected directly to one another over several hundred meters. Bluetooth 5 is supposed to transfer data twice as fast as its predecessor.

Bluetooth wireless technology has been a widespread standard for years, with which PCs, smartphones, tablets, smart LED lamps, music systems and other devices can be connected wirelessly and without a WLAN router. The latest Bluetooth version is 4.2, but the majority of mobile devices are currently still equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 or 4.1. Current flagships like Apple’s iPhone 6s or the Samsung Galaxy S7 are among the few exceptions with Bluetooth 4.2. 

Up to 200 meters range

In the upcoming version 5, the maximum Bluetooth range will increase from 50 to 200 meters. Theoretically, the speed of data transmission should double. In addition, the capacity for sending data is increased by 800 percent. This means that larger amounts of data, such as the measurement results from sensors in the networked smart home, can be sent in an energy-saving manner. Up to now, the broadcast transmission capacity was only sufficient for device identification, which can be used to implement location-based applications such as navigation in buildings with the help of small transmitters (beacons).

Bluetooth version 4.2 was passed in September 2015, in which faster data transmission, higher data throughput and improved data protection were implemented. The SIG expects the specification for BT 5 to be adopted between the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017. The consortium expects that by 2020 more than 370 billion devices will be equipped with Bluetooth 5.0.

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No more annoying swapping of USB sticks or copying DVDs: In the home network, data moves quickly between notebooks, smartphones, network hard drives and other devices. In addition to the classic LAN cable, there are two serious alternatives with WLAN and Powerline.

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"A wired LAN is still the fastest, most reliable and cheapest network solution"says Christoph Schmidt from the magazine chip in Munich. Above all, the transport of large amounts of data works reliably with the cable, for example when streaming films in Full HD resolution. Online gamers appreciate the cable network because of the low time delay in transmission. The so-called gigabit LAN promises transmission rates of one gigabit (1000 megabits) per second. "In practice you can easily get more than 800 megabits per second", explains Schmidt. The outdated Fast Ethernet standard, on the other hand, only manages about a tenth of the gigabit speed.

Laying LAN strings

The price for network cables starts at around 1.50 euros per meter. This means that data thieves are left out: As long as nobody has direct access to the router or the cables, the network is invulnerable. However, the cables on the ground can quickly become tripping hazards. Because not every household has cable ducts in all rooms in which LAN cables can be hidden.

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WLAN: wireless alternative

In such cases, WLAN is a sensible alternative. Smartphones and tablets in particular can often only be integrated into the home network in this way. However, the data is sent more slowly than with a wired network, and the transmission rate often fluctuates. "As the distance from the router increases, both the speed and the reliability decrease", warns Christoph Schmidt. It is best to place the WLAN router only a few meters away from the end device. Entry-level devices are available for less than 100 euros. For older devices without a WLAN receiver, there are USB sticks that provide wireless access.

Even if routers with the current n standard lure with 450 megabits per second (Mbit / s), according to the experts, the devices rarely manage more than 200 Mbit / s even under optimal conditions. The new ac standard promises transmission performance close to the cable in the near future. The first routers for this are already on the market – but there is still a lack of end devices at the moment.

The crux of the matter: WLAN security

The second major WLAN problem besides speed is security: because the radio signal can also be received outside of your own home, wireless network access must be encrypted. The password for the WLAN should be as long and complex as possible, advises the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). 20 characters or more are ideal. In order to register a device on the WLAN, the access code usually only needs to be entered once. Notebooks and smartphones then automatically connect when they come within range of the router. It is best for operators to choose the name of the network (SSID) so that it does not allow any conclusions to be drawn about them, their addresses or routers and providers. Because that provides hackers with an unnecessarily large amount of information.

LAN from the socket

However, there are also situations in which neither WLAN nor LAN cables are the right solution – for example, when the DSL modem is in the hallway and the signal does not reach the upper floors. For such cases there is Powerline technology, which sends data through the power grid. "In principle, all power lines that are connected behind a distributor can be combined to form a powerline network", explains editor Schmidt. Especially in apartment buildings, however, it can happen that the neighbor can surf the web using his electricity network, writes the magazine "c’t". A password is therefore also required for networks in the power line.

To set up a powerline network you need at least a set of two adapters for around 80 euros – one goes into the wall next to the router, the other at the desired destination. Modern devices that support the standard AV2 homeplug theoretically achieve speeds of up to 500 Mbit / s. Are realistic according to the "c’t" but rather values ​​between 50 and 90 Mbit / s. Devices with the older standards Homeplug AV (up to 200 Mbit / s) and Homeplug Turbo (up to 85 Mbit / s) are even slower.

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Solve problem cases with Powerline

In order not to unnecessarily attenuate the signal, computer experts advise connecting adapters directly to the wall and not to a multiple socket. So that the power connection is not unnecessarily blocked, many powerline adapters have a so-called through socket. In addition, there can be problems with the reliability of the technology, says Christoph Schmidt. This often results in brief connection failures when the refrigerator’s compressor switches itself on and off.

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