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FRITZ!Box 7272 Service

Configuring storage (NAS) on the computer as a network drive

You can configure USB storage devices connected to the FRITZ!Box as network drives on all of the computers in the home network. The USB storage devices can then be used as local storage in the Windows Explorer or macOS Finder.

Note:The configuration procedure and notes on functions given in this guide refer to the latest FRITZ!OS for your FRITZ!Box.

1 Preparations

Configuring a USB storage device for use as storage (NAS)

Installing the SMB1 protocol for Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 version 1709, the network protocol SMB1 required for accessing storage (NAS) connected to the FRITZ!Box is no longer installed by default. Therefore, make sure that SMB1 support is installed on your Windows 10 computer:

  1. Enter sys in the search box in the Windows taskbar and then select "Control Panel".
  2. Select "Category" from the drop-down list "View by:" on the top right ().
  3. Click "Programs" and then "Programs and Features".
  4. Click "Turn Windows features on or off".
  5. Enable the option "SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support" in the window "Windows Features" and click "OK".
  6. Click "Restart now" to complete the installation procedure.

2 Configuring storage (NAS) as a network drive

Windows 10

  1. Enter \\fritz.box in the search box in the Windows taskbar and press Enter.

    Important:If the FRITZ!Box is configured as a wireless repeater or an IP client, enter the IP address at which the FRITZ!Box can be reached in the network instead of fritz.box.

  2. If you are asked to enter a user name and password, enter the name and password of a FRITZ!Box user who is authorized to access NAS contents.

    Note:You can edit the access rights of FRITZ!Box users under "System > FRITZ!Box Users" in the user interface.

    • Now a window displaying the network folder "FRITZ.NAS" opens; this folder displays all of the partitions on the connected USB storage devices as folders.
  3. If you would like to configure the entire FRITZ.NAS as a network drive:
    1. Right-click the folder "FRITZ.NAS" and select "Map Network Drive..." from the context menu.
    2. Click "Finish".
  4. If you would like to configure a subfolder (for example a partition of a USB storage device) as a network drive:
    1. Click "This PC" in the navigation area on the left side.
    2. Click "Computer" and then "Map Network drive" in the menu bar.
    3. Enter the path to the folder you would like to map as a network drive in the "Folder" field.

      Example:
      In order to map a USB storage device named "JetFlash-32GB" as a network drive, enter \\fritz.box\FRITZ.NAS\JetFlash-32GB.

    4. Click "Finish".

Windows 8

  1. Press the keyboard shortcut Windows key + Q.
    • Now the search bar opens.
  2. Enter \\fritz.box in the search field and press Enter.

    Important:If the FRITZ!Box is configured as a wireless repeater or an IP client, enter the IP address at which the FRITZ!Box can be reached in the network instead of fritz.box.

  3. If you are asked to enter a user name and password, enter the name and password of a FRITZ!Box user who is authorized to access NAS contents.

    Note:You can edit the access rights of FRITZ!Box users under "System > FRITZ!Box Users" in the user interface.

    • Now a window displaying the network folder "FRITZ.NAS" opens; this folder displays all of the partitions on the connected USB storage devices as folders.
  4. If you would like to configure the entire FRITZ.NAS as a network drive:
    1. Right-click the folder "FRITZ.NAS" and select "Map Network Drive..." from the context menu.
    2. Click "Finish".
  5. If you would like to configure a subfolder (for example a partition of a USB storage device) as a network drive:
    1. Click "Computer" in the navigation area on the left side.
    2. Click "Computer" and then "Map Network drive" in the menu bar.
    3. Enter the path to the folder you would like to map as a network drive in the "Folder" field.

      Example:
      In order to map a USB storage device named "JetFlash-32GB" as a network drive, enter \\fritz.box\FRITZ.NAS\JetFlash-32GB.

    4. Click "Finish".

Windows 7

  1. Open the Windows start menu.
  2. Enter \\fritz.box in the "Advanced Search" field and press Enter.

    Important:If the FRITZ!Box is configured as a wireless repeater or an IP client, enter the IP address at which the FRITZ!Box can be reached in the network instead of fritz.box.

  3. If you are asked to enter a user name and password, enter the name and password of a FRITZ!Box user who is authorized to access NAS contents.

    Note:You can edit the access rights of FRITZ!Box users under "System > FRITZ!Box Users" in the user interface.

    • Now a window displaying the network folder "FRITZ.NAS" opens; this folder displays all of the partitions on the connected USB storage devices as folders.
  4. If you would like to configure the entire FRITZ.NAS as a network drive, right-click the folder "FRITZ.NAS" and select "Map network drive..." from the context menu.
  5. If you would like to configure a subfolder (for example a partition of a USB storage device) as a network drive:
    1. Press the "Alt" key on your keyboard.
      • Now the Windows Explorer menu bar appears.
    2. Select "Map Network Drive..." from the "Tools" menu.
    3. Enter the path to the folder you would like to map as a network drive in the "Folder" field.

      Example:
      In order to map a USB storage device named "JetFlash-32GB" as a network drive, enter \\fritz.box\FRITZ.NAS\JetFlash-32GB.

    4. Click "Finish".

macOS

  1. Open the Finder.
  2. Click "Go" and then "Connect to Server" in the menu bar of the Finder.
  3. Enter smb://fritz.box in the "Server Address:" field and click "Connect".

    Important:If the FRITZ!Box is configured as a wireless repeater or an IP client, enter the IP address at which the FRITZ!Box can be reached in the network instead of fritz.box.

  4. If you are asked to enter a user name and password, enter the name and password of a FRITZ!Box user who is authorized to access NAS contents.

    Note:You can edit the access rights of FRITZ!Box users under "System > FRITZ!Box Users" in the user interface.

    • Now a window displaying the network folder "FRITZ.NAS" opens; this folder displays all of the partitions on the connected USB storage devices as folders.
  5. Double-click the folder "FRITZ.NAS".
  6. Select the folder you would like to permanently save in the Finder.
  7. Select "Make alias" from the Finder menu "file".
  8. Drag the alias you made to the "places" area of the Finder.