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Setting up a VPN connection to FRITZ!Box in Apple OS iOS (e.g. iPhone)

With VPN (Virtual Private Network), you can securely connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and your FRITZ!Box over the internet, without the risk of eavesdropping or tampering. This allows you to access all of the devices and data in your home network with your mobile device even when you are away from home.

In addition, when a VPN connection is active, all web requests are routed over the encrypted connection to the FRITZ!Box, which then resolves them over its internet connection. This means you can use sensitive services such as email or banking in public Wi-Fi hotspots with the same peace of mind as if you were connected to your FRITZ!Box via Wi-Fi at home.

Requirements / Restrictions

  • iOS 3.1 or later is installed on the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

1 Preparations

Configuring MyFRITZ!

With MyFRITZ! you can always access the FRITZ!Box over the internet, even if the FRITZ!Box receives a different public IP address from your internet service provider on a regular basis:

Adjusting the FRITZ!Box's IP network

Both ends of the VPN connection must have IP addresses in different IP networks. VPN communication cannot occur if the iOS device is connected to a router (for example another FRITZ!Box) that uses the same IP network as your FRITZ!Box.

Note:All FRITZ!Boxes use the IP network 192.168.178.0 in the factory settings.

Assign an IP address to your FRITZ!Box that is different from the IP addresses of the routers you use to connect your iOS device to the FRITZ!Box, for example 192.168.10.1 (subnet mask 255.255.255.0):

  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 "Guest Access" to display all of the settings.
  5. Click the "IPv4 Settings" button.
  6. Enter the desired IP address and subnet mask.

    Important:Do not enter an IP address from the network 192.168.100.x. In compliance with DOCSIS, this network is reserved for the cable provider and may not be used in the FRITZ!Box.

  7. Click "OK" to save the settings and on the FRITZ!Box, confirm that the procedure may be executed if asked to do so.

2 Setting up a VPN connection in the FRITZ!Box

Set up a separate user for each VPN connection in the FRITZ!Box:

  1. Click "System" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "FRITZ!Box Users" in the "System" menu.
  3. Click the (Edit) button for the user who intends to connect to the FRITZ!Box via VPN or set up a new user for the VPN connection:
    1. Click the "Add User" button.
    2. Enter a name and password for the user in the corresponding fields.
  4. Enable the option "VPN".
  5. Click "Apply" to save the settings and on the FRITZ!Box, confirm that the procedure may be executed if asked to do so.
  6. Now the FRITZ!Box sets up the VPN connection for the user and opens a window with the VPN settings of the user.

    Note:You can always call up the VPN settings again by clicking "Show VPN Settings" in the settings for the user under "System > FRITZ!Box Users".

3 Setting up a VPN connection in iOS

  1. Set up the VPN connection on the iOS device using the VPN settings displayed for the FRITZ!Box user in the FRITZ!Box user interface:

    Fig.: Setting up a VPN connection

4 Establishing a VPN connection

  1. Tap the "Settings" symbol on the home screen of the iOS device.
  2. Use the on/off slider to enable "VPN":

    Fig.: Establishing a VPN connection

  3. The VPN connection is established as soon as the VPN symbol is displayed in the status bar:

    Fig.: VPN connection is established