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How to use analog and VoIP phones with our FRITZ! Box router

The process to follow is very simple and we are going to divide it into two parts. In the first part, the configuration of the traditional telephone service will be carried out in the router, giving us the possibility when we finish connecting the DOMOs or the cordless telephones that we have in the house directly to the «FON» ports of the router. The second part covers the installation of FRITZ! Fon VoIP phones and their use with traditional phone service. We must bear in mind that, for the second part to work correctly, it is necessary to have done the first part previously. However, the first does not depend on the second.

Configuring the FRITZ! Box router to connect analog phones

Included with the router was a cable that forks into two ends: one for DSL and one for telephones. Keep in mind that in the case of having a telephone rosette we will have to connect the DSL cable to the mouth where there is no microfilter and the telephone cable to the mouth where there is a microfilter. For those installations that have a splitter, the process changes a bit since we have one port for the Internet and another for analog telephony, so the cables will go in each corresponding port.

The termination is done on a single network plug that is connected to the DSL / TEL port of our FRITZ! Box router. Right next to this port are the ports where analog phones can be connected.

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The AVM-supplied cable pins may not fit into the outlet of the rosette. In that case we have a converter / adapter for each of the cases, being necessary to respect the colors with which the manufacturer has identified each of the cables and adapters.

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Below you can see what is the result of making the connection in a splitter. On the right are the telephones and on the left the port that offers Internet access.

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After completing the installation process, we will continue with the configuration process of the FRITZ! Box router. For this we have to enter the web administrator of our device with the gateway that we have assigned and the password that we chose in the first configuration that we made.

When we get to the main screen, we see that there are two aspects that we must configure: Telephony and DECT. Both are off but we are going to focus first on Telephony.

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In order to configure a phone number we will have to access the Telephony section found in the menu on the left and then access the option Proper Numbers.

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Within Own numbers you can see that there are none configured. To add a new one and activate the service we have to click on the button «New telephone number«.

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When starting the tutorial, we will be asked if we want to add an IP service or a fixed telephone network connection. In this case we will have to choose the second option. If what we want to add is a VoIP service we would have to select the first one.

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In the next step we will also have to choose between an IP number or a fixed telephone network number. This decision depends on the previous one, in our case it was the configuration of a fixed telephony network so this time we will also opt for the second option.

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Unless we are in an office, it is difficult for there to be more than one fixed telephone number, therefore we will leave the first option selected.

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To finish we will have to enter our landline phone number. Once we have introduced it and finalized the process, it will be possible to see how the Telephony service already has a telephone number and it is activated.

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With this service configured if we connect our DOMO telephone or any cordless telephone to the router’s FON1 and FON2 ports, we will verify that calls can be made and that they work perfectly. So that you do not get scared, it is normal that first a tone and after the normal call tones. The first of all indicates that it is leaving the router to the telephone network and the following indicate that it is waiting for it to go off-hook.

How to connect FRITZ! Fon phones to our FRITZ! Box router

In the first section we said that there were two services that were disabled and that we had to activate them. If we want to add the VoIP terminals, we now have to activate DECT on our router. It is a very simple process and it will only take a minute.

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We have to select the DECT tab in the left menu and activate this option, which will seem deactivated.

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Many other options appear but in this case we are not going to modify any of them. Perhaps many of you would be interested in activating the ECO function, allowing the router to put this interface in energy saving when it has been inactive for a long time, this option also allows the correct operation of the terminals and receive calls and messages.

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DECT also allows a router to operate in repeater mode of another router, allowing an increase in the signal strength of another router.

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After having made these adjustments, we only have to link a terminal. For that we will only have to hold down the DECT button and click on the terminal to Connect. In just 20 seconds the terminal will be connected to the base and calls can be made from it.

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Both pressing the DECT button continuously and pressing the connect button on the terminal must be done at the same time, otherwise the pairing will not be done.

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When the terminal is correctly paired, “Portable X” will appear, the X depending on the number of VoIP devices that are already connected. In addition to these, it will indicate the updated date and time.

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With these simple steps you can get more out of the router, allowing you to manage the calls that are made from the router itself, creating lists of family numbers or even a black list of numbers that you do not want them to call, for example business numbers.

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Turn your smartphone into a VoIP terminal with the FRITZ! App Fon

The application is completely free and can be found in the Play Store for Android devices and the App Store in the case of devices with an iOS operating system. It is fully compatible with any version of Android 4.0 and higher, so the range of compatible devices is quite wide. In the case of iOS there should not be any problem to be able to use it in old versions.

After having made a short introduction, we are going to see what the application is like and its use.

Installing and using the FRITZ! App Fon

First of all, it must be said that in order to use the application, you must have a FRITZ! Box router with the “telephony” module correctly configured. In the case of not being configured you can make use of this manual that we published a long time ago and where the process is detailed. Once we have our FRITZ! Box router configured correctly, it is time to open the application.

In the first place and as a security measure, the user is asked to enter the password that the router’s management menu has, preventing anyone from connecting and using the fixed line configured in it.

Once we have entered the password we are going to take a tour of the upper keypad that the application has, starting with «Phone book»Or the router’s phone book. In this tab, the only thing we will find will be all the alarms that we have configured, the answering machines that are configured and the terminals that are or have been connected at least once.

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The next tab we are going to refer to is «More«. Here we can find some aspects related to the router to which we are connected, the wireless coverage, export contacts to accounts of other services or access the configuration of some aspects of FRITZ! App Fon.

Next we are going to take a brief tour of each of the 4 sections mentioned above.

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In the case of FRITZ! Box section We can find information related to the router to which we are connected, such as the version of the operating system, the model, the LAN IP that it has or information related to the terminal, such as the internal number it has, the answering machine or the name of the device.

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In the case of “WLAN connection»We can only find information related to the wireless connection, indicating to the user the signal level and the available speed.

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In the case of selecting «Export contacts»We will be starting the process so that all the contacts stored in our router are transferred to one of the options that can be seen below:

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In this case, only those appear because the Android device only has those configured. Depending on which option we choose, a list will be sent in text format or a text file will be created with all the formats correctly indicated and detailed with the information available.

Finally we have the option «Settings«. This tab allows you to activate a series of options that allow for example to hide the identification when making the call, choose the ringtone to be used or establish dialing rules to be able to use the landline. If we are going to make use of this last option, it is not necessary to modify it, being more than enough as it is preconfigured by default.

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Exiting the main menu you can see how the list of calls shown is that of the Android device. Later we will see how you can view the call log from the landline. It should be noted that in the upper right corner you can see two indicators. Both should be green if we want it to work properly. The one in green indicates that the device is correctly connected to the router but the one in red indicates that it has not been able to access the telephone service, something that in this case has happened because we do not have connected to the corresponding cable that later we will connect.

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As we have indicated previously, it is also possible to have access to the list of calls from the fixed line that is stored in the router. To do this it is only necessary to access the tab «Call List»And we will be able to access these calls. They can be filtered by the type of call that is, that is, choose between missed, made or off-hook calls.

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Here is a screenshot where you can see the list of missed calls.

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The list corresponding to the calls that have been picked up.

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And also the list of calls that have been made from this phone line.

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Alternatively to «Settings» menu that we have seen previously, we also have a drop-down menu at the bottom of the right that offers all the functions described in the previous one.

As we have said before, the telephone cable was disconnected and for this reason the “Telephony” indicator was red. When connected, the push message that appears in the Android notification bar also changes and indicates that the service is now available.

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To see the final result we are going to make a test call. When marking, the option is given to use the native Android application or FRTIZ! App Fon. In this case, we select the first one.

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When you start the call process, the call duration counter starts. When picking up the hook, the aspect is the same changing only when the call is finished.

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In the case of ending the call, the screen that the user can view is the following:

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As you can see, it is an application that is very easy to use and that can be used to replace our conventional telephones with our mobile terminal. Taking advantage of the management that AVM routers have, the information will not have to be stored in the terminal and it will be shared automatically by the router to which the device is connected. smartphone.

We recommend you visit our unboxing of the FRITZ! Box 6850 LTE 4G router where you will see all the details.

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Learn how to reset the D-Link DCH-Z510 Siren, the siren of the mydlink Home ecosystem

At the back of the device we find a small black trigger that will perform several functions, among which are:

  • Activate pairing mode to add us to the base.
  • Activate the unpairing mode to remove ourselves from the base.
  • Reset the device to factory settings.

To access this trigger it is necessary to remove the back cover, but be very careful because the anti-tampering system of the equipment will pop out and the alarm will go off, so that it does not jump we will have to leave the equipment without power or cover the speaker until we access the trigger.

Activate pairing mode to add it to the base

To enter pairing mode and pair with the DCH-G020 device (the base of Z-Wave equipment), first we must put the base itself in “inclusion” mode through the hidden menu that we show you in its in-depth analysis.

Once we are in team inclusion mode, we must perform the following action:

  • Pressing the trigger three times in a row in less than 1.5 seconds.

Automatically the LEDs of the siren will turn on indicating that we are in inclusion mode, and in about 20 seconds we will be able to interact with the device without problems. If for any reason the pairing has not worked correctly, we can choose to reset the equipment and reactivate the pairing mode.

Activate unpairing mode to remove ourselves from the base

The unpairing mode is carried out exactly the same as the pairing mode, but in this case we must put the base itself in “exclusion” mode through the hidden menu that we show you in its in-depth analysis.

Once we are in team inclusion mode, we must perform the following action:

  • Pressing the trigger three times in a row in less than 1.5 seconds.

Automatically the LEDs of the equipment will turn on indicating that we are in exclusion mode, and automatically we will no longer appear in the list of Z-Wave equipment.

Reset the device to factory settings

To reset the D-Link DCH-Z510 Siren device and leave it from the factory, we must do an action similar to the one before but somewhat more complex to avoid an accidental reset:

  • Press the trigger four times in a row and on the 4th do not release it (it must be done in less than 1.5 seconds from the first actuation of the trigger).
  • We must keep it pressed until the LEDs that have lit up turn off, once we have released it the LEDs will light up again for 1 second.
  • We will have already reset the factory equipment.

In the following video you can see how the device is reset and also how to pair it with the base and unpair it.

We recommend reading the in-depth analysis of the D-Link DCH-Z510 where you will know all the details of the team.

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This is the mydlink Home ecosystem, the most complete of all

In the ecosystem of mydlink Home We found a host of different devices including IP cameras, motion detectors, smart plugs, smoke detectors, a siren, and a Wi-Fi repeater with audio output for playing music. In addition, it has also incorporated a «Hub» device that interconnects our home’s Wi-Fi wireless network with mydlink Home wireless devices that do not use Wi-Fi to connect.

IP cameras for mydlink Home

Currently all IP cameras from the manufacturer D-Link are supported with mydlink Cloud, the manufacturer’s cloud system from where we can control them just by having an Internet connection. However, D-Link has launched two camera models that allow it to work together with the other mydlink Home devices such as the smart plug or the motion detector. In RedesZone we have analyzed these cameras in depth, you can see all the details in the following analyzes:

Movement detector

Currently in mydlink Home we find the motion detector D-Link DCH-S150 Motion Sensor, a device that connects wirelessly via Wi-Fi to our wireless router and will send us push notifications to our mobile terminal. It can also interact with other devices such as an IP camera to record everything that happens when there is movement, and even with the smart plug, activating it in case of movement to, for example, turn on the living room light in a comfortable way. In RedesZone we have analyzed this device in depth, you can see all the details in the following analysis:

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Smart plugs

Smart plugs allow us to open and close the electrical current of the devices that we have connected to it. In this way we can remotely turn on or off a light, the TV, the air conditioning and any other appliance that we have connected to this socket. We currently have two smart plugs available, the D-Link DSP-W110 which is a basic plug that allows us to turn it on and off with the application, and also program these on and off easily, the connection is via Wi-Fi. The second smart plug is the D-Link DSP-W215 and this in addition to all the functionalities of the previous one, incorporates statistics of energy use and also a temperature sensor to turn off the plug in case the temperature rises above a value settled down. In RedesZone we have analyzed this device in depth, you can see all the details in the following analysis:

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Siren

D-Link has also launched the DCH-S220, a siren that can work in conjunction with other mydlink Home devices such as the motion detector. In this way we can configure both devices so that when movement is detected, the siren begins to sound and we also receive a push notification on the mobile. The connection of this device is via Wi-Fi.

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Water sensor

Finally, D-Link has launched the DCH-S160, a water sensor that allows us to check if we have a flood in our home. We can configure the device so that in case water is detected, it sends a push notification to our mobile terminal. The connection of this device is via Wi-Fi.

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We recommend you visit our dedicated D-Link page where you have available all the analysis of their teams.

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How to increase the security of our Smart TV and avoid problems

How to increase the security of our Smart TV

It must also be taken into account that a Smart TV can be always connected to the internet. It is a device that spends many hours on and to which, in addition, we connect other additional devices. This is taken into account by cybercriminals. Hence, they set their sights and can deliver malware in malicious files, for example.

Correctly configure our Smart TV

Like any other equipment, a Smart TV has a series of settings and options that we can modify. Having some parameters configured correctly can increase the security and privacy of the users. Sometimes some models can collect information from users. Things like how they use it, applications installed, channels viewed … This, in general, can be avoided if we enter the privacy options. In addition you have to apply possible protection measures They can include, as well as activate automatic updates.

Keep your device up to date

Precisely the latter, the updates, It is a very important thing. Sometimes vulnerabilities or bugs arise that are resolved by manufacturers through security updates and patches. Having our Smart TV updated to the latest version is very important. Ideally, we should have the updates configured automatically. In this way we will always have the latest version. Keep in mind that many models do not update the firmware automatically, so you have to be attentive to possible updates.

Beware of downloading apps and plugins

It is very common for users to install programs and other plugins. They help to take more advantage of the resources of our Smart TV. However, caution must be exercised in this regard. You have to make sure exactly what you are installing. Also, whenever we download applications we must do it from official sites. We must avoid downloading from third-party pages whose software may have been modified in a malicious way and affect our security.

Protection begins at the router itself

The normal thing is that our Smart TV is constantly connected to our router. This is interesting since we will have access to the connection quickly. That is why protection starts from the router itself. This means that we must have a strong and complex password. In this way we will prevent possible intruders from accessing our network and, therefore, can also have access to connected devices.

Be careful with the browser and pages visited

Lastly, another tip is be careful with the browser, pages we visit and streaming services. The entry of malware such as cryptocurrency miners is very common on these types of devices. Always be vigilant and isolate yourself from unsafe or unreliable pages.

We recommend you read our tutorial on how troubleshoot cuts and WiFi coverage on Smart TV to have the best user experience.

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TP-LINK HS110 Smart Plug Smart Plug Review

Main Features of the TP-LINK HS110

The main characteristics of this new smart plug is that it incorporates Wi-Fi N connectivity in the 2.4GHz bandIn addition, it also supports 802.11b / g / n networks. This new team has a 100-240VAC maximum input voltage, a 100-240VAC maximum output voltage and one 16 A maximum load currentTherefore, it can provide a maximum power of 3.68KW, enough to power the main electrical appliances in our home.

Thanks to the fact that it connects to the home Wi-Fi, and to the TP-LINK Kasa App, we can configure this TP-LINK HS110 to have remote access to the device, that is, it will not be necessary for us to be on the same local domestic network to have access to it, but we can also achieve the same by accessing through a mobile broadband network.

One of the aspects that we liked the most about this TP-LINK HS110 is the speed with which it is able to turn a device on and off, whether our smartphone is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the computer, or if we are on a mobile broadband network via 3G or 4G.

If we compare it with other smart plugs from the competition, we can assure that this equipment is much faster, since it is almost instantaneous. In the following video you can see our tests in both a Wi-Fi network and a 3G network with H +.

If you are interested in buying a smart plug like the TP-LINK HS110, we recommend that you read its in-depth analysis here:

This equipment is available in stores at a price of about € 45 (see TP-LINK HS110 on Amazon), a price that is at the same height as its rivals, but providing the user with greater speed and great configurability thanks to its application for mobile devices TP-LINK Kasa.

We recommend access our dedicated page of the manufacturer TP-LINK where you will find product analysis of their latest equipment, such as high performance routers, Wi-Fi repeaters and even PLC and PLC devices with Wi-Fi.

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We publish the winner of the draw for a TP-Link HS110 smart plug

Two weeks ago we started the giveaway for the best smart plug we’ve tested to date, the TP-Link HS110. Although this type of device may seem very simple, the truth is that this equipment works the fastest when turning it off / on, and also gives us a large amount of information on energy consumption.

This smart plug incorporates Wi-Fi N connectivity in the 2.4GHz band to be able to control it from our smartphone. The TP-Link HS110 allows us to configure it to only be able to control it from the local network, or also from the Internet using the manufacturer’s Cloud. This equipment is capable of providing a maximum voltage of between 100-240VAC and supports a maximum load of 16A, which is normal for this type of device, so we will not have problems if we connect any equipment that consumes a lot of energy.

In our in-depth analysis, we show you in detail both the technical characteristics as well as the operation of this equipment and the speed with which it works. In the following video you can see how it works perfectly:

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In our page dedicated to the manufacturer TP-Link You have available a large amount of analysis of their equipment, from routers to PLCs through Wi-Fi repeaters and also smartphones.

Winner of the raffle for a TP-Link HS110 smart plug

Thanks to the manufacturer TP-Link we have been able to organize this raffle for all of you, a team that is valued at € 45 and that provides spectacular performance. The bases to participate were very simple since you simply had to follow the count of TP-Link Iberia Y RedesZone on Twitter, then tweet.

In this draw there have been more than 400 entries, but only one can win, and in this case the winner is: Patricio. Congratulations Patricio!

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If you have not played the team, do not worry, since soon we will have new draws in RedesZone, and it is that 6 years are not fulfilled every day. We wait for you! Best of luck to everyone for the next draws!