Setting up a USB printer connected to the FRITZ!Box
A USB printer connected to the FRITZ!Box can be used in the home network as a network printer or with the FRITZ!Box USB remote connection software. Which operating mode is best depends on your requirements and the USB printer being used.
Setting up a printer as a network printer
- Set up the USB printer connected to the FRITZ!Box as a network printer if
- you want to use the printer with any computer regardless of the operating system and without additional software.
- you want to use the printer with smartphones or tablets.
- you do not use the printer's ink level indicator and additional functions of multifunction devices such as scanning or faxing. These functions are not available when it is used as a network printer.
- the printer can process data in RAW format (unidirectional RAW over TCP). Printers that require encapsulated or bidirectional data transfer (for example some GDI or LIDIL printers) cannot be used as network printers.
Using a printer with the USB remote connection
- Set up the USB printer for use with the USB remote connection software if
- the printer is a multifunction device, a multifunction printer, or an "all-in-one" device and you also want to use the device for scanning and faxing.
- you only want to use the printer with computers with Windows 10 / 8 / 7.
- you want to use the ink level indicator and other convenience functions of the printer.
- the printer can only be controlled bidirectionally or using encapsulated data. This is often the case with GDI and LIDIL printers, for example.
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