FRITZ!Box 7330 – Service - Knowledge Base

FRITZ!Box 7330 – Service

Using the USB remote connection to connect a USB storage device connected to FRITZ!Box to a computer

With the FRITZ!Box USB remote connection software, you can use a USB storage device connected to the FRITZ!Box as if it were connected directly to the computer's USB port.

Important:If you would like to allow more than one computer and other devices to access the USB storage device, configure the USB storage device as a central storage location in the home network ("storage (NAS))"

Requirements / Restrictions

  • Windows 10 / 8 / 7 (64-bit or 32-bit) is installed on the computer.
  • Only one computer can access the USB storage device at a time.
  • The FRITZ!Box Media Server is not available when the FRITZ!Box USB remote connection is active; you cannot access the storage with the FRITZ!NAS user interface or MyFRITZ!.

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 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 USB storage device requires more than this, connect it to the FRITZ!Box by means of a USB hub with its own power supply (active USB hub). Refer to the manufacturer of the USB storage device for information on its power consumption.

2 Installing the FRITZ!Box USB remote connection software

Install the FRITZ!Box USB remote connection software on the computer with which you want to use the USB device connected to the FRITZ!Box:

  1. Log on to the computer as the Windows user who would like to use the FRITZ!Box USB remote connection.

    Important:If the user does not have administrative rights, you must enter a valid administrator password when installing or starting the software for the first time.

  2. Open the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  3. Click "USB Devices" in the "Home Network" menu.
  4. Click on the "USB Remote Connection" tab.
  5. Enable the option "USB remote connection enabled".
  6. Click on the "USB remote connection software" link.
    • The window "USB remote connection" opens.
  7. If the window "USB remote connection" has a "Download" button:
    1. Click "Download" in the window "USB remote connection" and download the file "fritzbox-usb-fernanschluss.application".
    2. Double-click on the downloaded file.
  8. Click "Install" and follow the instructions on your screen.
  9. Repeat steps 1 - 8 for all other Windows users who would like to use the FRITZ!Box USB remote connection.

3 Enabling the USB remote connection for storage

  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. Enable the USB remote connection and the option "USB storage media".

    Important:If the USB remote connection is enabled for the device type "USB Storage", the USB storage device cannot be integrated in the NAS (Network Attached Storage) of the FRITZ!Box.

  5. Click "Apply" to save the settings.

4 Connecting a USB storage device to a computer via the USB remote connection

  1. Double-click the FRITZ!Box USB remote connection icon in the notification area of the Windows taskbar (Systray).
  2. If password protection is enabled for the FRITZ!Box user interface, enter the password and do not enter anything in the "User name" field.
    • or, if you have protected the FRITZ!Box with a user name and password:
      • Enter the name and password of a user who is authorized to access the FRITZ!Box user interface.

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

  3. Click "Refresh".
  4. Right-click the USB storage device that you want to connect to the computer.
  5. Click "Connect".

Now the USB storage device is detected as a USB device and can be used as if it were connected directly to a USB port on the computer.

Note:Before a different computer can access the USB storage device, you must clear the connection between the first computer and the USB storage device in the USB remote connection software.