First impression of the AVM Fritz! Card DSL: The modem has had its day
This summer Carsten Albrecht read the Very interesting news that AVM and Deutsche Telekom are starting a field test for new DSL hardware and are still looking for reliable beta testers - the product tested should be the brand new and officially not yet on the market AVM Fritz! DSL card. He was lucky and was accepted into the select group of testers. In the following article, which he kindly made available to us, you will get the first impressions of the new DSL card for installation in the PC, which replaces the DSL modem. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Carsten Albrecht and the Continuity for providing us with this article.
What kind of card is that?
I immediately registered on the form page provided for this purpose and, fortunately, was informed a few days later that I was among the 500 selected test subjects. A few days later I received a package with all the necessary materials. The special thing about this new hardware is the fact that you no longer need a DSL modem - this will also be dropped from Telekom's DSL range from January 1, 2002, so that you have to take care of the appropriate hardware yourself if you do Wants to use DSL, and this explains Telekom's interest in this field test.
There is a full value on the card Replacement for this DSL modem and at the same time a fully functional AVM Fritz! Card PCI 2.0. Since you no longer need the DSL modem, you also have the network card free again, which you needed to connect the DSL modem to the PC.
Scope of delivery
The The final scope of delivery of the card, which has only been officially available for a few days, is a little different from that of my test version. The complete package consists of:
- a PCI card for installation in the PC - the actual controller
- a manual in German
- a CDROM with all drivers for Win98/ME, NT4, 2000 and, contrary to the press release on avm.de, also for Windows XP, plus the complete Fritz! software edition including Fritz! Web ISDN and Fritz! Web DSL
- two 6 meter long CAT5-RJ45 cables to connect the card to the splitter and NTBA
To be able to use the card, you have to have Windows on your Use PC - currently the only supported operating system family, with Linux support from some hobbyists already in the works. The card must be installed in the PC, for this a free PCI slot is required in the computer. According to AVM, the PC that is equipped with the card should be at least a Pentium II with 300 MHz - I tested the card with both a Dual-Celeron 433 and an AMD Athlon 1400.
Installation is pretty simple - computer off, computer on, free PCI slot sought, card in, screw on, PC closed, done . Now you have to connect the DSL socket to theConnect the ISDN/DSL splitter and the ISDN socket to the ISDN NTBA and then switch the computer on again. When restarting after installation, the card is automatically recognized by Windows and the user is prompted to insert the driver CD. These will then be found and installed automatically on most systems. After installing the drivers - Windows 2000 does not need to be restarted for the time being - an attempt is first made to establish a connection with the DSL exchange, which in most cases works immediately and successfully. If there is an error message here, the setup advises you to simply ignore it and continue with the setup - you can take this advice to heart, as the settings for the DSL hardware can be made up at any time with a small utility.
The setup for the DSL-specific software and the Fritz! software familiar from the ISDN cards will then be started automatically one after the other. Just follow the on-screen instructions and you can't go wrong. After installing the software, a restart is announced even under 2000/XP. Once you have mastered this, the card is ready for use.
On the next page: The supplied software