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FRITZ!Box 7272 Service

Using an IP camera in the FRITZ!Box home network

You can easily connect an IP camera (network camera) to a LAN port or the wireless network (WiFi) of your FRITZ!Box. Then it can then be used by the entire home network as well as other users in the Internet.

Requirements / Restrictions

  • The IP camera must have a LAN port or be able to establish wireless connections. IP cameras with USB ports are not supported.

Important:Some of the settings described here are only displayed if the advanced view is enabled in the user interface. The configuration procedure and notes on functions given in this guide refer to the latest FRITZ!OS

1 Enabling the FRITZ!Box's DHCP server

The FRITZ!Box is configured as a DHCP server in the factory settings. If you disabled the FRITZ!Box's DHCP server, configure the following settings:

  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 uses 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 Configuring the IP camera

The IP camera needs special IP settings in order to communicate with the FRITZ!Box and other network devices in the home network:

  • Configure the IP camera to automatically obtain IP settings (DHCP client).

    Note:You can find information on configuring the IP camera in its manual, or consult its manufacturer directly.

3 Connecting the IP camera to the FRITZ!Box

The IP camera is now connected to the FRITZ!Box and is available to the entire home network.

Note:In the corresponding manual you can find further information on configuring the IP camera or the network devices so that image data on the camera can be accessed, or you can consult the manufacturer directly.

4 Accessing the IP camera over the Internet

The following steps are only necessary if you would like to access the IP camera over the Internet when you are away from home or grant friends Internet access to the IP camera:

  1. Set up the IP camera so that it can be accessed from the Internet.

    Important:Since you cannot configure several port sharings for the same TCP or UDP port, if you are using several IP cameras, configure a different port for Internet access in each camera.

    • Configure either port sharing or MyFRITZ! accesses for the ports and IP protocols used by the IP camera.
    • If you would like to use a a web browser to access the IP camera:
    • If you would like to use an app or other software to access the IP camera:
      1. Set up a MyFRITZ! account in the FRITZ!Box.

        Note:If you already use a different dynamic DNS service, you can also use this service instead of MyFRITZ!.

      2. Determine the MyFRITZ! domain name of the FRITZ!Box.
      3. Set up port sharing for the IP camera in the FRITZ!Box.
      4. Configure the app or software so that it can access the IP camera.

5 Saving images from the camera to storage (NAS)

Some IP cameras can not only automatically save images on the SD card in the camera, they can also transmit images to an FTP server or use the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol to save them to storage in the home network.

Only perform the following steps if your IP camera can save images to an FTP server or network shares and you would like to save the images to a USB storage device connected to the FRITZ!Box:

Saving images over FTP

  1. Configure a USB storage device connected to the FRITZ!Box for use as storage (NAS).
  2. Set up the IP camera according to the manufacturer's instructions so that you can save the images to the USB storage device over FTP. Use the following settings:
    • FTP server: fritz.box
    • Folder: the folder on the USB storage device where the images should be saved

      Note:You may also have to enter the complete FTP address (for example ftp://fritz.box/JetFlash-32GB/IPCam) instead of the FTP server and folder.

    • Port: 21
    • User name and password: a user name and password of a user configured in the FRITZ!Box who is authorized to write to the USB storage device

Saving images with SMB

  1. Configure a USB storage device connected to the FRITZ!Box for use as storage (NAS).
  2. Set up the IP camera according to the manufacturer's instructions so that it uses SMB to save images to the USB storage device. Use the following settings:
    • Network path or UNC address: the folder on the USB storage device where the images should be saved

      Example:
      In order to save the images in the folder "IPCam" to a USB storage device named "JetFlash-32GB", enter \fritz.box\FRITZ.NAS\JetFlash-32GB\IPCam.

    • User name and password: a user name and password of a user configured in the FRITZ!Box who is authorized to write to the USB storage device