All-In-One Approach, Saving Energy by Bundling Functionality

AVM a broadband equipment producer has a press release touting the all-in-one approach to saving energy.

AVM FRITZ!Box Energy Efficiency

Europe Leads Drive for Greener IT Devices

Rising costs for energy and growing environmental sensitivity among consumers is making Green IT increasingly relevant for manufacturers of residential and SOHO appliances. As a result, new all-in-one communication equipment with advanced energy control, adopting the latest EU Code of Conduct, is preventing wasted energy, space and money.

According to the European Commission’s Institute for the Environment and Sustainability, the electricity consumption of broadband equipment in the European Community will rise to an estimated 50 TWh per year by 2015. A new generation of multi-function devices that apply to the EU Code of Conduct can lower energy consumption by at least 50% - saving an equivalent of 5,5 million tons of oil (TOE) and about 7,5 billion euros per year.
Matthew Tyler, country manager at AVM, conjectures: “People probably don’t even consider their broadband equipment when they’re thinking about energy savings – whether because of increasing energy costs or the environment – but, combined, the impact is huge.”

The All-in-one Approach: More than Just Energy Efficiency

As one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of Internet access hardware, AVM ensures that it’s FRITZ!Box series already complies with all standards of the EU Code of Conduct for broadband equipment. But the popularity of the FRITZ!Box products is based not only on energy efficiency only. In addition to the energy savings, users are also benefiting from the seamless integration of a ADSL modem, WLAN N router, print and file server, PBX for VoIP and landline. AVM’s FRITZ!Box Fon WLAN 7270, soon to be available in the UK, includes a fax and answering machine as well as a base station for DECT cordless telephones in one device. The all-in-one approach has proven to be much easier for the user to operate than individual devices and saves valuable desk space. AVM has a track record of building multifunctional, user-friendly devices. All FRITZ!Box series products fully support the eco mode standards, and this latest generation can replace up to 8 individual communication devices. The fully featured FRITZ!Box needs an average of 6 to 8 watts per hour – compared with a combined energy consumption of around 50 watts for the separate devices it replaces, this is an estimated reduction of 85%.

They discuss the idea of turning off the network.  Shouldn't your home wireless and wired systems turn off?

Eco Mode: Only When You Need It

Most devices have a stand-by mode, but the Eco Mode function goes beyond a simple stand-by, reducing the CPU power and clearing unused connections such as LAN and WLAN ports as well as wireless phone connections (DECT) to minimize the power consumption of the FRITZ!Box. The comprehensive monitoring of current and average energy consumption and the individual configuration of all functions within the FRITZ!Box is eco mode at its best.