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Using a NAS system in the FRITZ!Box home network

You can easily connect a NAS (Network Attached Storage) system to the FRITZ!Box with a network cable, making it available to the entire home network and users in the internet. Since the NAS system itself makes data stored on it available, you do not need to configure any specific settings for it in the FRITZ!Box.

Note:All instructions on configuration and settings given in this guide refer to the latest FRITZ!OS for the FRITZ!Box.

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. In the section "WAN setting", click "Additional 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 NAS system

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

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

3 Connecting the NAS system to the FRITZ!Box

  1. Use a network cable to connect the NAS system to the home network of the FRITZ!Box.

Now the NAS system is connected to the FRITZ!Box and is available to the entire home network or users in the internet.

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

4 Setting up internet access to the NAS system

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

  1. Configure the NAS system so that it can be accessed from the internet.

    Note:How to access your NAS system from the internet depends on the device you are using. You may need to set up users in the NAS system and assign them rights, passwords, and ports for access from the internet.

  2. If you want to use a web browser to access the NAS system, set up a MyFRITZ! sharing for the NAS system in the FRITZ!Box.
    • If you want to use an app or other software to access the NAS system:
      1. In the FRITZ!Box, configure port sharing for the ports and IP protocols used by the NAS system.
      2. Configure the app or software so that it can access the NAS system.
  3. If the NAS system switches to energy-saving mode (standby) when it is idle, enable Wake on LAN for the NAS system in the FRITZ!Box. Then the NAS system is started automatically as soon as it is accessed from the internet.