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Configuring online storage in the FRITZ!Box

An online storage is a virtual hard drive on the internet where you can securely store photos, music, and other files that you can access at any time from the internet.

Using an online storage with the FRITZ!Box offers the following advantages:

  • All of the computers in the FRITZ!Box home network can access the online storage like a local drive.
  • The access information for the online storage is permanently stored in the FRITZ!Box.
  • Time-consuming uploads of large volumes of data are also possible when computers are switched off, as data is first temporarily saved on the USB storage device connected to the FRITZ!Box. Therefore, it can still be uploaded to the online storage even when the computer is switched off.

Requirements / Restrictions

  • You can configure online storage in the FRITZ!Box. It must support the WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning) protocol.
  • A USB storage device with sufficient storage space must be connected to the FRITZ!Box. The amount of available storage space must equal at least the volume of data to be copied to or from the online storage.

Note:All instructions on configuration and settings given in this guide refer to the latest FRITZ!OS for the FRITZ!Box.

1 Preparations

In order to use online storage you need to connect a USB storage device to the FRITZ!Box and configure it as a network storage device:

2 Configuring online storage in the FRITZ!Box

  1. Click "Home Network" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Storage (NAS)" in the "Home Network" menu.
  3. Enable the option "Online storage" or click "Configure now" in the table under "Storage Device(s) at the FRITZ!Box".
  4. Select your online storage provider from the drop-down list "WebDAV provider" in the "Online Storage Settings" section.
  5. Enter the login data supplied by your online storage provider in the corresponding fields.
  6. Click "Apply" to save the settings.

Now the FRITZ!Box will establish a connection to your online storage.

3 Mapping online storage on the computer as a network drive

Windows 10 / 8

  1. Press the keyboard shortcut Windows key + E.
    • Now the Windows Explorer opens.
  2. Click "This PC" (Windows 10) or "Computer" (Windows 8) in the navigation area on the left side.
  3. Click "Computer" and then "Map Network drive" in the menu bar.
  4. Enter \\fritz.box\FRITZ.NAS\Online-storage in the "Folder" field. If the FRITZ!Box is configured as a wireless repeater or an IP client, enter the FRITZ!Box's IP address, for example \\192.168.178.20\FRITZ.NAS\Online-storage, instead of fritz.box.
  5. Check the option "Reconnect at logon".
  6. Click "Finish".
  7. If you are asked for a username and password:
    1. Enter the name and password of a FRITZ!Box user who is authorized to access NAS contents.

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

    2. Enable the option "Remember my credentials" to permanently save the username and password and click "OK".

Now the online storage will be displayed in the Windows Explorer under the previously assigned drive letter. When you copy files to this folder, they are first temporarily saved on the USB storage device connected to the FRITZ!Box and then transferred to the online storage.

Windows 7

  1. Start the Windows Explorer.
  2. Press the "Alt" key on your keyboard.
    • Now the Windows Explorer menu bar appears.
  3. Select "Map Network Drive..." from the "Tools" menu.
  4. Enter \\fritz.box\FRITZ.NAS\Online-storage in the "Folder" field. If the FRITZ!Box is configured as a wireless repeater or an IP client, enter the FRITZ!Box's IP address, for example \\192.168.178.20\FRITZ.NAS\Online-storage, instead of fritz.box.
  5. Check the option "Reconnect at logon".
  6. Click "Finish".
  7. If you are asked for a username and password:
    1. Enter the name and password of a FRITZ!Box user who is authorized to access NAS contents.

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

    2. Enable the option "Remember password" to permanently save the username and password and click "OK".

Now the online storage will be displayed in the Windows Explorer under the previously assigned drive letter. When you copy files to this folder, they are first temporarily saved on the USB storage device connected to the FRITZ!Box and then transferred to the online storage.

macOS

  1. Open the Finder.
  2. Click "Go" and then "Connect to Server".
  3. Enter smb://fritz.box in the "Server Address:" field and click "Connect". If the FRITZ!Box is configured as a wireless repeater or an IP client, enter the FRITZ!Box's IP address, for example smb://192.168.178.20, instead of fritz.box.
  4. Click "Connect".
  5. If you are asked to enter a username and password, enter the name and password of a FRITZ!Box user who is authorized to access NAS contents and click "OK".

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

  6. Click the "Apple" (symbol) and then click "System Preferences" and "Accounts" and "Open at Login".
  7. Click the plus sign (+) under the list "These items will open automatically when you log in:".
  8. Under "SHARED", click the entry "fritz.box".
  9. Select the entry "Online storage" and click "Add".

Now the online storage will be displayed in the Finder under "SHARED". When you copy files to this folder, they are first temporarily saved on the USB storage device connected to the FRITZ!Box and then transferred to the online storage.

Linux and other operating systems

  1. Use a file manager to access the host name (fritz.box) or the IP address of the FRITZ!Box via the SMB protocol (Server Message Block) and configure the "Online Storage" folder as a network drive.

    Note:When you copy files to this folder, they are first temporarily saved on the USB storage device connected to the FRITZ!Box and then transmitted to the online storage. Information on SMB access can be obtained from the manufacturer of the operating system.