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FRITZ!Box 6590 Cable Service

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

You can easily connect an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from Apple to the Wi-Fi network 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 iOS device to the FRITZ!Box using an iPhone with iOS 13.4 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 Configuring the FRITZ!Box

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, re-enable it:

  1. Click "Home Network" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Network" in the "Home Network" menu.
  3. Click on the "Network Settings" tab.
  4. Click "Additional Settings" in the section "LAN Settings" to display all of the settings.
  5. Click the "IPv4 Configuration" button.
  6. Enable the DHCP server and define the range from which the FRITZ!Box assigns IP addresses.

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

  7. 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 Wi-Fi is switched off, tap the "On / Off" symbol.
  4. Under "Choose a network..." tap the name of the FRITZ!Box's Wi-Fi network (SSID). If the FRITZ!Box's Wi-Fi network is not displayed, follow the steps in our guide FRITZ!Box's Wi-Fi network cannot be found.

    Note:If necessary, you can determine the Wi-Fi network name and network key of the FRITZ!Box as described in our guide Setting up a Wi-Fi connection to the FRITZ!Box.

  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 content 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

If you want to make calls at home using the telephone numbers configured in the FRITZ!Box:

Accessing the FRITZ!Box over the internet

If you want to securely access your FRITZ!Box or a USB storage device connected to the FRITZ!Box, or control your smart home devices over the internet when you are away from home:

  1. Set up MyFRITZ!App.

Accessing FRITZ!NAS in the home network

If you want 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 \\ or

Playing multimedia content from the FRITZ!Box media server

If you want to play multimedia content 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, install VLC for Mobile or another app that can play files from media servers that comply with the UPnP AV (Universal Plug and Play Audio/Video) standard.

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

If you want to establish a securely encrypted network connection (VPN, Virtual Private Network) to your FRITZ!Box and devices in the home network over 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 public Wi-Fi hotspot with your iOS device.