How to configure the FRITZ!Box 4060 with any Internet connection

The FRITZ! Box 4060 router is one of the most versatile and powerful pieces of equipment that we can buy today. This new model has high-end hardware, with simultaneous triple band and AX6000-class WiFi 6, so we are going to achieve great speed in the wireless network. In addition, we have a 2.5G Multigigabit port for the Internet WAN, although the firmware allows you to configure this port as LAN 4 for the local network, of course, it has three Gigabit Ethernet ports and a high-performance USB 3.0 port. Today at RedesZone we are going to explain how to configure this router in three different ways, in router mode with DHCP client, in WiFi access point mode (without router options) and in router mode using VLANs in the WAN to use it as a router. neutral.

Configuration modes and usage scenarios

This FRITZ! Box 4060 router has many configuration modes to use it in different connections, this equipment is the most versatile that we can buy, and that is that we will be able to use it as a neutral router, WiFi access point, WiFi repeater, and even we can establish an Internet connection via 3G/4G if we install a modem in the USB 3.0 port.

The first thing we have to do is enter the router via the web by putting http://fritz.box in the address bar or using the default IP http://192.168.178.1, we put the default access password of the router or the one you have defined by you, and we will see the main configuration menu of the equipment:

In the section of “Internet / Access data» we can see the different configuration modes that we have available in this router, by default the configuration that we have is «Cable modem or Internet router», but we have others:

  • Access available via Wi-Fi: the FRITZ!Box router will connect via WiFi to another existing network, when connected, the router will work as a normal router and we will have the same subnet for the LAN network. This mode is used to connect to a WiFi and that connection is the Internet WAN.
  • Cable modem or internet router: The router will use the Internet WAN port in DHCP client mode or with static IP. We will have the functions of NAT, DHCP server, QoS filters and all the usual configuration options of the FRITZ!Box router mode.
  • DHCP: It is a specific profile for FTTH connections with NEBA that use the DHCP protocol to connect.
  • NEBA-PPPoE: It is a specific profile for FTTH connections with NEBA that use the PPPoE protocol to establish the connection.
  • Internet router as IP client: in this configuration mode the FRITZ!Box will act as a WiFi access point, the FRITZ!Box will be part of the existing local network where we are going to connect it. In this configuration mode we should configure the Internet WAN port as LAN 4 from the menu. In this mode we can configure dynamic IP with DHCP client or static. In this mode we have all the options except the QoS filters, the part of allowing access with port forwarding and the NAT or the DHCP server, because all this is managed by the main router.
  • 3G/4G Modem Connected: in this configuration mode it allows us to connect to the Internet through a 3G/4G modem connected to the USB 3.0 port of the router.
  • DSL or fiber optic modem: in this configuration mode it will work exactly the same as in “cable modem or Internet router”, but we will be able to configure the PPPoE and the VLAN ID of our Internet connection. If you want to use this equipment as a neutral router for your operator, and your operator uses PPPoE and/or VLANs, then this is the mode you should choose.

In the following menu you can see all the configuration possibilities:

Once we have seen all the configuration modes of this router, we are going to explain in detail the three modes that will be used the most to connect to the Internet and get the most out of its performance.

Cable modem or internet router

In this configuration mode the FRITZ!Box 4060 acts as a router, we have all the functionalities of QoS, port forwarding, VPN server, IPv6 support and much more. This configuration mode will be useful in the following cases:

  • If you connect to the Internet through an existing cable modem, and you don’t have to use PPPoE or VLANs, only this mode allows the DHCP client and put a static IP.
  • If you connect through a router of your operator that provides you with a public IP directly. We cannot put any PPPoE or VLAN configurations, only DHCP client and static IP.

This configuration mode is the default if we have it connected to an existing router, the FRITZ!Box will obtain its IP address through the local DHCP server of the operator’s router that you have in your home. A very important detail is to adjust the download and upload channel, because this helps the QoS system to prioritize the different devices of our local network, if we put some incorrect numbers it will not work as well as expected.

Internet router as IP client

In this configuration mode, the FRITZ!Box will act as a WiFi access point with telephony services, file sharing on the local network and the Internet via USB 3.0, and all the device’s functionalities, except the router functions. We will not have NAT, DHCP server, QoS section for prioritizing devices and menus for port forwarding, DMZ and other features that are specifically designed to be used in router mode.

When we choose the “Internet router as IP client” configuration mode, we must configure the way to obtain the IP address:

  • Obtain an automatic IP address via DHCP: In this mode, the FRITZ!Box router will obtain the private IP within the network range of our operator’s router.
  • Manually determine the IP address: in this mode we will have to define a private IP address within the subnet of our operator’s router, it is recommended that this IP address is outside the DHCP range so that there is no conflict.

Once we have applied the changes, the FRITZ!Box must be connected to the operator’s router network on one of the Gigabit Ethernet ports (in yellow), so that everything is on the same local network. By default the Internet WAN port (blue) is in WAN mode and not in LAN mode, although we can change it.

Something very important that we must configure if we want to take advantage of the Internet WAN port, is to go to the “Local network / Network / Network settings» and in the «WAN Configuration» section we can choose the behavior of this port, if we want it to be WAN or LAN4. In this configuration mode it makes sense to use LAN mode 4, so it will be one more port within the home local network.

If we go back into the firmware, we will see that now the “Internet” part tells us that an already established Internet connection is being used, and that everything is working correctly.

If by entering this configuration mode you lose access to the FRITZ!Box router’s graphical user interface, you will be able to access it through the link-local IP address, you must do the following:

  1. We put a fixed IP address on a computer, the IP address must be the following: 169.254.1.2 with the subnet mask 255.255.255.0.
  2. We connect a network cable from a PC directly to one of the yellow ports (LAN) of the router.
  3. We put in the Internet browser the address http://169.254.1.1 and we will automatically access the graphical user interface to check the configuration.

As you have seen, configuring this router in AP mode is very simple, thanks to this configuration mode, we will not have double NAT or port problems, but we will have great WiFi coverage and advanced features such as the possibility of sharing on a local network o Internet the resources of the USB 3.0 port.

DSL or fiber optic modem

If you want to use the FRITZ!Box 4060 router as a neutral router, replacing the operator’s router and connecting directly to the operator’s ONT or modem, this is the configuration mode to use. What is the difference with the configuration mode Cable modem or internet router? Well, in this “DSL or fiber optic modem” mode we can configure the PPPoE if necessary, and we can also configure the VLAN ID for the Internet connection, two necessary and common parameters in Internet connections.

In the configuration menu we choose «DSL or fiber optic modem» and choose «Other internet provider» to make all necessary settings. Just below we can configure the “Access data”, we must indicate if our operator uses PPPoE (and enter the credentials) or if you do not use PPPoE. Next, we define the values ​​of the Internet connection to correctly adjust the QoS of the router.

In the “Internet connection” section we choose the “Keep connection” option and uncheck the “Delay interruption by the provider” option. Now we can configure the VLANs in the “VLAN Configuration” section, indicating the VLAN ID and the Pbit, if you do not know the PBit then leave it at 0.

Once configured, click on «Apply» and we will have the FRITZ!Box configured.

As you have seen, configuring the different modes of this FRITZ!Box router is really easy and simple, however, it is recommended to follow a small guide so as not to get lost between the different modes and what we must take into account.

Conclusions

This new FRITZ!Box 4060 router is a really versatile piece of equipment, because it will allow us to configure it with any Internet connection, be it wired (with cable modem, DSL modem, FTTH and even connection to an existing router), it also allows us to create a WiFi link to connect to an existing WiFi router and even install a 3G/4G modem to get the Internet connection.

Thanks to the FRITZ!OS operating system, we will be able to configure the different operating modes in a really simple way, in addition, we have certain notes and explanations of what each configuration mode does, however, at first it might seem somewhat confusing because It does not explain very well if we have some services activated such as QoS, NAT or the DHCP server. The most important thing when you are going to configure the Internet Router mode change as IP client is to configure the Internet WAN as LAN 4, and if you lose the connection to the FRITZ!Box administration, you should check what IP the server has given you DHCP from the operator’s router, and if it still does not enter, then enter via http://169.254.1.1 as we have indicated previously.

Why buy a FRITZ!Box if I already have the operator’s router?

Mainly because of the WiFi coverage and wireless performance with the WiFi 6 standard that you will have with this router. This model has simultaneous triple band AX6000 with WiFi 6, so we can achieve a speed of up to 1,201Mbps in 2.4GHz and up to 2,402Mbps in each of the 5GHz bands, in addition, you can configure the SSID, WiFi security in detail (configure WPA3), configure the WiFi scheduler and many other possibilities.

If you have several AVM products, you can use this router as a Mesh base, to connect the WiFi repeaters to this model and form a complete high-performance WiFi Mesh network, ideal for having WiFi roaming between the different nodes. If you have the frequency bands with the same SSID, you will also have band-steering so that the WiFi Mesh system places you in the best WiFi frequency band depending on your coverage, number of clients connected to a certain band and other internal parameters that it uses The operating system.