A FRITZ!Box Fon WLAN 7270 has a built-in telephone directory which is maintained via a Web interface, from which I can create, edit, remove and backup telephone directory entries used by attached DECT phones. That is all fine and dandy, but I want to be able to populate that directory from existing an existing database, and I don’t want to fumble with import stuff from the Web interface. It turns out that is easier said than done, and it took a while to find out how to do that. I finally managed, thanks to work done by Christoph Linder on a Thunderbird add-on called Thunder!Box.
Thunder!Box allows transferring contacts from your Thunderbird-Addressbook to the phonebook of a connected AVM FRITZ!Box FON router and back. You may also use your address book to initiate calls.
A Fritz!Box has a very special authentication handshake, which makes the
implementation rather secure, but tricky to access. (AVM have published a
technical note on this, in German.) Anyways, to cut a long story short,
I’ve implemented what I call
fritzuploader – a small command-line tool
which uploads an XML file containing a telephone directory to overwrite that
in the Fritz!Box’ flash. I’ve been using this quite a bit and haven’t
experienced any problems with it, but note it might quite well fry your
Fritz!Box. Further note, that you should probably use this a bit sparingly, as
the number of writes to flash memory is finite. The Github repository
for fritzuploader contains a sample
phonebook.csv you can use as a
starting point, the tiny
csv2xml converter to create the
file which is then finally uploaded to the Fritz!Box with
this point the current telephone directory on the Fritz!Box is overwritten, so
you’ll want to back that up first via the Web interface. The resulting import
looks like this: I’d be interested to hear if you are successful
with other AVM Fritz!Box models.