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FRITZ!Box 7360 – Service

Connecting a USB printer to a computer using the USB remote connection

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

Requirements / Restrictions

  • Windows 10 / 8 / 7 (64-bit or 32-bit) is installed on the computer.

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 printer to the FRITZ!Box

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

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 printers

  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 for printers and the option "Printers (including all-in-one printers)".
  5. Click "Apply" to save the settings.

4 Connecting a printer to a computer via the USB remote connection

The FRITZ!Box USB remote connection software offers two options for connecting the computer to the printer:

  • A connection is automatically established as soon as the computer sends a print job to the printer. Once the print job has been executed, the connection is automatically cleared and the printer is once again available to all computers in the home network. The automatic connection is only established when a print job is sent. Other functions offered by the printer cannot be used with this connection type.
  • With a permanent connection, you can use all of the printer's functions (for example ink level display, fax or scan function). However, other computers in the home network cannot access the printer.

Note:You can use both of these options if you select "automatic connection" for normal print jobs and only select "permanent connection" when you would like to use a different printer function.

Enabling automatic connection

  1. Right-click the FRITZ!Box USB remote connection icon in the notification area of the Windows taskbar (Systray).
  2. Enable the option "Connect printer automatically" in the context menu.
  3. Double-click the FRITZ!Box USB remote connection icon in the notification area of the Windows taskbar (Systray).
  4. 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.

  5. Click the "Refresh" button.
  6. Right-click the USB printer that the computer should automatically connect to.

    Fig.: Automatic connection to USB printers enabled

  7. Select the "Assign printer..." entry from the context menu.
  8. Follow the instructions in the "Assign printer" window on selecting the appropriate printer driver and then click "OK".

Enabling permanent 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 the "Refresh" button.
  4. Right-click the USB printer that you would like to connect to the computer.

    Fig.: Automatic connection to USB printers enabled

  5. Select the "Assign printer..." entry from the context menu.
  6. Follow the instructions in the "Assign printer" window on selecting the appropriate printer driver and then click "OK".
  7. Click on the USB printer in order to enable the permanent connection.