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FRITZ!Box 7390 Service

Configuring a USB storage device connected to FRITZ!Box

The FRITZ!Box allows you to use USB storage devices connected to it as a central storage location in the home network ("Storage (NAS)"). This way all of the devices in the FRITZ!Box home network such as computers, smartphones, and tablets can use a web browser as well as the FTP protocol to access your files (for example with the Windows Explorer on a Windows computer).

In addition, you can set up a secure Internet sharing for the storage (NAS) and then access the files on the USB storage device from the Internet at any time.

Requirements / Restrictions

  • The USB storage device must be formatted with the file system NTFS, FAT/FAT32 or ext2/ext3/ext4 and may have no more that four partitions, each up to 4 terabytes in size.

    Note:If the USB storage device is formatted with a different file system, the FRITZ!Box USB remote connection software will allow you to use it with the FRITZ!Box.

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 Preparations

Disabling the USB remote connection for USB storage devices in the FRITZ!Box

You cannot access a USB storage device connected to the FRITZ!Box with more than one device at the same time if the device is configured for use with the USB remote connection software:

  1. Click "Home Network" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "USB Devices" in the "Home Network" menu.
  3. Click on the "USB remote connection" tab.
  4. Disable the "USB storage media" option.
  5. Click "Apply" to save your settings.

Connecting a USB storage device to the FRITZ!Box

  • Connect the USB storage device to a USB port on the FRITZ!Box.

    Important:According to the USB specifications, the power consumption of a USB device may not exceed 500 mA. If the power consumption of the USB storage device exceeds this limit, connect it to the FRITZ!Box by means of a USB hub with its own power supply (active USB hub). The manufacturer can provide you with information on the power consumption of your USB storage device.

2 Setting up FRITZ!Box users

In order to access storage (NAS) contents, you need a user account with a user name and password. Set up a FRITZ!Box user in the FRITZ!Box for this purpose:

  1. Click "System" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "FRITZ!Box Users" in the "System" menu.
  3. Click the "Edit" button for the user who is to access the storage (NAS),
    • or, if you have not configured any users yet:
      • Click the "Add User" button and enter a name and password of your choice for the user in the corresponding fields.
  4. Enable the option "Access to NAS contents".
  5. Click the "Add Directory" button.
  6. Enable the option "All storage available on the FRITZ!Box" if the user should be allowed to access all storage available on the FRITZ!Box,
    • or, if the user should only be allowed to access a particular storage or folder:
      • Enable the option "Select folder".

      ATTENTION!If you grant access to all folders, then the user can access all of the faxes, answering machine messages, and any online storage you may have configured.

  7. In the "Directory" section, assign the user read and write permissions to the storage.
  8. Click "OK" to save the settings.

3 Configuring login to the home network

  1. Click "System" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "FRITZ!Box Users" in the "System" menu.
  3. Click on the "Login to the Home Network" tab.
  4. Enable the option "Login with FRITZ!Box user name and password",
    • or, if all users are to use a shared password to access the FRITZ!Box:
      • Enable the option "Login with the FRITZ!Box password" and enter a password of your choice that will be required to access the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  5. Click "Apply" to save your settings.

4 Setting up storage (NAS)

  1. Click "Home Network" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Storage (NAS)" in the "Home Network" menu.
  3. Enable the option "Storage (NAS) enabled".
  4. Click "Apply" to save your settings.

5 Accessing USB storage devices

You can access USB storage devices connected to the FRITZ!Box with a web browser, the Windows Explorer, the macOS Finder, and from the Internet:

Accessing storage (NAS) with a web browser

In the home network you can use a web browser to easily access USB storage devices connected to the FRITZ!Box:

Accessing storage (NAS) from computers in the home network

Computers in the home network can use the FTP protocol to access USB storage devices connected to the FRITZ!Box. Here we show you how to configure FTP access using Windows 8 as an example:

Note:If you are using a different operating system, the corresponding manufacturer can provide you with information on the procedure. With macOS you have only read permission on the FTP server. If you would like to also have write permission for the storage (NAS) in macOS, use an FTP client (for example Cyberduck or FileZilla).

  1. Press the keyboard shortcut "Windows key" + "E".
    • The Windows Explorer opens.
  2. Click "Computer" in the menu bar, then click "Add a network location" and "Next".
  3. Click "Choose a custom network location" and then "Next".
  4. Enter ftp://fritz.box in the field "Internet or network address" and click "Next".

    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 home network instead of fritz.box.

  5. Disable the option "Log on anonymously".
  6. In the field "User name", enter the name of a FRITZ!Box user who is authorized to access FRITZ!NAS contents and click "Next".

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

  7. Enter a name of your choice in the field "Type a name for this network location", click "Next" and then "Finish".
    • The "Log On As" window opens.
  8. In the field "Password", enter the password of a FRITZ!Box user who is authorized to access FRITZ!NAS contents.
  9. Enable the option "Save password" and click "Log On".
    • Now a window displaying all NAS contents available on the FRITZ!Box opens.

      Note:A shortcut to the storage (NAS) is automatically created in the Windows Explorer under "Network Location" and also in the navigation area under "Computer".

Accessing storage (NAS) over the Internet

You or your friends can access particular contents of USB storage devices connected to the FRITZ!Box from the Internet at any time by means of a secure Internet sharing: