VPN Service-Portal - Accessing shared files and printers over a VPN connection

VPN Service-Portal

Accessing shared files and printers over a VPN connection

Computers can only automatically detect other computers and display their names if they belong to the FRITZ!Box home network. If you would like to access shared libraries, files, and printers in the remote network over a VPN connection, use the IP address of the respective computer.

1 Preparations

  • Determine the IP address of the computer in the remote FRITZ!Box network with the shares you would like to access.

    Note:When the DHCP server is enabled, you can find the IP address of computers under "Home Network > Home Network Overview > Network Connections" in the user interface of the remote FRITZ!Box.

2 Accessing shared files and printers in a remote network

Windows 10

  1. In the search box in the Windows taskbar, enter two backslashes followed by the IP address of the computer with the shares you would like to access.

    Example:
    \\192.168.10.20

  2. Press Enter.
    • Now a window displaying all of the shares on the computer opens.
  3. If you would like to map a folder as a network drive, right-click it and select "Map network drive...". If the option "Map network drive..." is not displayed:
    1. Click "This PC" in the navigation area on the left side, and then click "Computer" in the menu bar.
    2. Click "Map network drive...".
    3. Enter the path to the folder you would like to map as a network drive in the "Folder" field.

Windows 8

  1. Press the keyboard shortcut Windows key + Q.
    • Now the search bar opens.
  2. In the search field, enter two backslashes followed by the IP address of the remote computer with the shares you would like to access.

    Example:
    \\192.168.10.20

  3. Press Enter.
    • Now a window displaying all of the shares on the computer opens.
  4. If you would like to map a folder as a network drive, right-click it and select "Map network drive...". If the option "Map network drive..." is not displayed:
    1. Click in the navigation area on the left side and then click on "Computer" in the menu bar.
    2. Click "Map network drive...".
    3. Enter the path to the folder you would like to map as a network drive in the "Folder" field.

Windows 7

  1. In Windows, click "Start".
  2. In the "Search programs and files" or "Start search" field, enter two backslashes followed by the IP address of the remote computer with the shares you would like to access.

    Example:
    \\192.168.10.20

  3. Press Enter.
    • Now a window displaying all of the shares on the computer opens.
  4. If you would like to map a folder as a network drive, right-click it and select "Map network drive...". If the option "Map network drive..." is not displayed:
    1. Click "Tools" and then "Map network drive...".
    2. Enter the path to the folder you would like to map as a network drive in the "Folder" field.

macOS

  1. Open the Finder.
  2. From the "Go" menu, select "Connect to Server...".
  3. In the "Server Address" field, enter the IP address of the computer with the shares you would like to access. If Windows is installed on the remote computer, add smb:// in front of the IP address.

    Example:
    In order to access shares on a computer running macOS, enter: 192.168.10.20
    In order to access shares on a computer running Windows enter: smb://192.168.10.20

  4. Click "Connect".
    • Now a window displaying all of the shares on the computer opens.
  5. If you would like to permanently add a folder to the Finder:
    1. Select the folder, and then select "Make alias" from the Finder menu "file".
    2. Drag the alias you made to the "places" area of the Finder.

Linux and other operating systems

  • Use the SMB protocol (Server Message Block) to access the IP address of the remote computer. Refer to the manufacturer of the operating system for information on the procedure.