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FRITZ!Box 4020 Service

Using an Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod touch in the FRITZ!Box home network

You can easily connect an iPhone, an iPad, or an iPod touch from Apple to the wireless network (WiFi) of your FRITZ!Box. The iOS device can then access the internet, conduct calls over the FRITZ!Box, and play photos, videos, and music from the FRITZ!Box Media Server.

Note:Here we show you how to connect an Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to the FRITZ!Box using an iPhone 5 with iOS 9 as an example.

Note:All instructions on configuration and settings given in this guide refer to the latest FRITZ!OS for the FRITZ!Box.

1 Preparations

In the factory settings, the FRITZ!Box automatically assigns the correct IP settings to all devices via DHCP. If you disabled the FRITZ!Box's DHCP server, reenable it:

Important:If the FRITZ!Box uses the internet connection of another router, then the FRITZ!Box's DHCP server is disabled. In this case, the upstream router must assign the IP settings to the devices.

  1. Click "Home Network" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Home Network Overview" in the "Home Network" menu.
  3. Click on the "Network Settings" tab.
  4. Click the "IPv4 Addresses" button.
  5. Enable the DHCP server and define the range from which the FRITZ!Box assigns IP addresses.

    Note:The FRITZ!Box has the IP address 192.168.178.1 (subnet mask 255.255.255.0) and assigns IP addresses from xxx.20 to xxx.200 in the factory settings.

  6. Click "OK" to save the settings.

2 Connecting the iOS device to the FRITZ!Box

  1. Tap "Settings" on the home screen.
  2. Tap "Wi-Fi" in the "Settings" menu.
  3. If wireless LAN is switched off, tap the "On / Off" symbol.
  4. Under "Choose a network..." tap the name of the FRITZ!Box's wireless network (SSID) (see fig.).

    Note:If you do not know the name of the wireless network (SSID) and the network key for your FRITZ!Box, determine your FRITZ!Box's wireless settings.

    Fig.: Selecting FRITZ!Box's wireless network

  5. Enter the FRITZ!Box's network key in the "Password" field and tap "Join".

Now the iOS device is connected to the internet via the FRITZ!Box. It can play multimedia contents from media servers in the home network with suitable apps, for example.

3 Using an iOS device with the FRITZ!Box

Conducting calls over the FRITZ!Box

The following steps are only necessary if you want to use your iOS device to conduct calls over the FRITZ!Box when you are at home:

  1. Set up FRITZ!App Fon.

Accessing the FRITZ!Box over the internet

The following step is only necessary if you want to securely access your FRITZ!Box or USB storage device connected to the FRITZ!Box over the internet when you are away from home:

  1. Set up MyFRITZ!App.

Accessing FRITZ!NAS in the home network

The following steps are only necessary if you want to use your iOS device to access a USB storage device connected to the FRITZ!Box:

  1. If you want to easily access your FRITZ!NAS contents, set up our MyFRITZ!App.
  2. If you want to access your FRITZ!NAS contents without using an additional app, call up http://fritz.nas in a web browser.
  3. If you are already using an app that supports the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol or the FTP protocol, you can also use it to access your FRITZ!NAS contents via \\fritz.box or ftp://fritz.box.

Playing multimedia contents from the FRITZ!Box media server

The following steps are only necessary if you want to use your iOS device to play multimedia contents such as photos, videos, or music from a USB storage device connected to the FRITZ!Box:

  1. Set up the FRITZ!Box as a Media Server.
  2. On the iOS device, set up an app that can play files from media servers that comply with the UPnP AV (Universal Plug and Play Audio/Video) standard. You can find suitable apps, for example VLC for Mobile or GoodPlayer, in the App Store.

Using a printer connected to the FRITZ!Box

Only printers that use Apple's AirPrint technology can be used by iOS devices. iOS devices can only use printers that do not support AirPrint if additional software such as handyPrint, O'Print, or Printopia is installed on the computer. The software functions as an AirPrint server and forwards the print job from the iOS device to the printer.

Setting up a VPN connection to the FRITZ!Box

The following step is only necessary if you want to use VPN (Virtual Private Network) to establish a securely encrypted network connection to your FRITZ!Box and to the network devices or services in the home network using your iOS device's internet connection:

Note:Whenever a VPN connection is active, all web requests are routed over the FRITZ!Box. This guarantees tap- and tamper-proof communication when using all web services, such as email and online banking, in a public wireless hotspot with your iOS device.