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Using an IP camera in the FRITZ!Box home network

You want to connect an IP camera to the FRITZ!Box? ✓ Here's how to set up the FRITZ!Box and the IP camera for this.

You can easily connect your IP camera (network camera) to the FRITZ!Box using a network cable or Wi-Fi. Then you can easily follow what is happening in front of the camera with a web browser or an app, either in the home network or via the internet when you are away from home.

Requirements / Restrictions

  • The IP camera must be equipped with a network port or Wi-Fi. IP cameras with USB ports are not supported.

1 Configuring the FRITZ!Box

In the factory settings, the FRITZ!Box automatically assigns the correct IP settings to all devices via DHCP. If you disabled the FRITZ!Box's DHCP server, re-enable it:

  1. Click "Home Network" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Network" in the "Home Network" menu.
  3. Click on the "Network Settings" tab.
  4. Click "Additional Settings" in the section "LAN Settings" to display all of the settings.
  5. Click the "IPv4 Settings" button.
  6. Enable the DHCP server and define the range from which the FRITZ!Box assigns IP addresses.

    Note:The FRITZ!Box has the IP address 192.168.178.1 (subnet mask 255.255.255.0) and assigns IP addresses from xxx.20 to xxx.200 in the factory settings.

  7. Click "OK" to save the settings.

2 Configuring the IP camera

Make sure that the IP camera obtains its IP settings from the FRITZ!Box:

  1. Configure the IP camera to automatically obtain IP settings via DHCP (this is the default setting for most IP cameras). Refer to the manufacturer for information on how to set it up, for example consult the manual.

3 Connecting the IP camera to the FRITZ!Box

  1. Either use Wi-Fi or a network cable to connect the IP camera to the home network of the FRITZ!Box.

Now the IP camera is connected to the FRITZ!Box and is available to the entire home network.

Note:Refer to the manufacturer for further information on how to set up and access the IP camera.

4 Setting up internet access to the IP camera

The following steps are only necessary if you want to access the IP camera over the internet when you are away from home or allow friends to access the IP camera over the internet:

  1. Configure the IP camera so that it can be accessed from the internet. If you use more than one IP camera, configure different ports for internet access in each camera.
    • If you want to use a a web browser to access the IP camera, set up a MyFRITZ! sharing for the camera in the FRITZ!Box.
    • If you want to use an app or other software to access the IP camera:
      1. In the FRITZ!Box, configure port sharing for the ports and IP protocols used by the camera.
      2. Configure the app or software so that it can access the camera.

5 Saving images from the camera to storage (NAS)

Some IP cameras can not only automatically save images on the SD card in the camera, they can also transmit images to an FTP server or use the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol to save them to storage in the home network.

Only perform the following steps if your IP camera can save images to an FTP server or network shares and you want to save the images to a USB storage device connected to the FRITZ!Box:

Saving images over FTP

  1. Configure a USB storage device connected to the FRITZ!Box for use as storage (NAS).
  2. In the IP camera, enter fritz.box for the FTP server, 21 for the port, and enter the folder where the images should be saved on the USB storage device as the folder. You may have to enter the complete FTP address, for example ftp://fritz.box/JetFlash-32GB/IPCam, instead of the FTP server and folder.
  3. Enter the name and password of a FRITZ!Box user who has write permission for NAS contents.

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

Saving images with SMB

  1. Configure a USB storage device connected to the FRITZ!Box for use as storage (NAS).
  2. Set up the IP camera according to the manufacturer's instructions so that it uses SMB to save images to the USB storage device.
  3. In the IP camera, enter the folder where the images should be saved on the USB storage device as the network path or UNC address.

    Example:
    To save the images in the folder "IPCam" to a USB storage device named "JetFlash-32GB", enter \fritz.box\FRITZ.NAS\JetFlash-32GB\IPCam.

  4. Enter the name and password of a FRITZ!Box user who has write permission for NAS contents.

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