FRITZ!Box 6490 Cable Service - Knowledge Base

FRITZ!Box 6490 Cable Service

Setting up a USB printer connected to the FRITZ!Box

In the home network you can either use a USB printer connected to the FRITZ!Box as a network printer, or use it with the USB remote connection software. Which operating mode is best depends on your requirements and the printer being used.

Setting up a printer as a network printer

  1. Configure the USB printer connected to the FRITZ!Box as a network printer if
    • want to use the printer with any computer regardless of the operating system and without any additional software.
    • you want to use the printer with smartphones or tablets.
    • you do not want to use the printer's ink level indicator and additional functions offered by multifunction devices such as scanning or faxing. These functions cannot be used when it is used as a network printer.
    • the printer can process data in RAW format (unidirectional RAW over TCP). Printers that require encapsulated or bidirectional data transmission (for example some GDI or LIDIL printers) cannot be used as network printers.

Using a printer with the USB remote connection

  1. Configure the USB printer for use with the USB remote connection software if
    • your printer is a multifunction device, a multifunction printer or an "all-in-one device" and you also want to use the device for scanning and faxing.
    • you only want to use the printer with computers with Windows 10 / 8 / 7.
    • you want to use the ink level indicator and other convenience functions offered by the printer.
    • the printer can only be controlled bidirectionally or using encapsulated data. This is often the case with GDI and LIDIL printers, for example.