Fritz-NAS set up: This is how it's done step by step

Fritz-NAS set up: This is how it's done step by step

Not always equal to an expensive NAS system ago – who owns a Fritzbox own, can simply set up a Fritz NAS. What is needed and what you need to do, you will find out in the following guide.

Whether pictures, videos or even music – with a NAS system you have access to your files at any time and from all devices. But who wants to build a real NAS system, must invest hundreds of euros for it.

Cheaper and faster this succeeds for owners of a Fritzbox router, which can be found in numerous German households. Although the NAS function of the Fritzbox usually does not meet the highest standards, but for simple streaming in the home network, the solution of AVM is always worth.

The requirements for Fritz NAS

To set up Fritz NAS, you need of course a USB data storage, which is connected to the Fritzbox and on which you can store your files. The following requirements must be met for the USB memory on the Fritz NAS:

  • formatted with file system NTFS, FAT / FAT32 or ext2 / ext3 / ext4
  • a maximum of four partitions, each with a size of 4 terabytes

Preparing you have, if not done yet, disable the USB remote port for USB storage on your Fritzbox. Because: Several devices can only access the USB memory of a Fritzbox at the same time if it is not set up for the USB remote connection. Log in to the Fritzbox user interface and continue as follows: "Home network> USB devices> Deactivate USB remote connection> USB memory", then click on "Apply".

Now connect your USB memory with the Fritzbox, according to USB 3.0 specifications, the power requirement may be a maximum of 900 mA – otherwise a USB hub with its own power supply must be used.

USB sticks

A USB stick is enough to use the Fritzbox as a NAS server.

Create users and access to NAS content

If you have not yet created a user, you have to do that now in order to set up a Fritz NAS. To do this, call the Fritzbox user interface: "System> FRITZ! Box Users". Now click on "Add user" if no user exists yet. Otherwise, next to the user who should be able to access the Fritz-NAS, activate the option "Access to NAS content".

Defining available memory for Fritz NAS

Then select "Add directory", activate "All available on the FRITZ! Box memory", if the account should be able to access all available content. Otherwise, you have the option to share only certain folders for the user. Here you can define read and write rights, before you finally click on "Apply". By default, login to the home network is password protected. If you have turned off this protection, activate it again.

Now it is time to set up the Fritz NAS by calling the router's user interface: "Home Network> Storage (NAS)> Storage (NAS) Active> Home Network Sharing> Access via a network drive (SMB) active> Apply".

Access Fritz-NAS

In order to be able to access the USB memory of the Fritz-NAS, there are different types of access – either directly from the home network or on the go. If you are in the home network, you only have to enter "fritz.nas" in the browser in order to access the NAS user interface. You can also set up the NAS storage as a network drive on Windows or macOS, as long as the SMB protocol is supported.

On Windows 10: Make sure SMB is installed

While the SMB protocol was installed by default in Windows 10 for a long time, this has not been the case since Windows 10 version 1709. If you are not sure whether your machine supports SMB, check this: "Start> Settings> Apps> Related Settings> Programs and Features> Uninstall or Change a Program>> Turn Windows Features On or Off> Windows Features> Support for SMB 1.0 / CIFS File Sharing "or" SMB1.0 / CIFS File Sharing Support ", click" OK "and then" Restart Now ".

SMB Windows features

SMB must be activated under Windows 10.

Windows 10: Embed Fritz-NAS as a network drive

In Windows 10 you enter now in the search box of the Windows taskbar "\ fritz.box" and confirm with "Enter". If the router has been set up as a repeater or IP client, the corresponding IP address of the Fritzbox must be entered.

If a query is made, enter username and password now. Now a window opens in which you can see all partitions of the USB memory as a folder. If you want to integrate the entire Fritz-NAS as a network drive via the Explorer, right-click on the "FRITZ.NAS" directory and select "Connect network drive …", then "Finish".

If you only want to include a particular directory, click on "This PC> Computer> Connect network drive" and enter the directory path in the "Folder" area to integrate the network drive.

macOS: Integrate Fritz-NAS as a network drive

Also on a Mac with macOS you can integrate your Fritz NAS as a network drive via the Finder. Start the Finder and continue as follows: "Go to> Connect to Server …". Here you enter now the address of the server, thus "smb: //fritz.box", then "connecting". If necessary, enter your username and password to access the NAS content. This opens a window with the folder "FRITZ.NAS", which is best stored permanently in the Finder. To do this, mark the directory and click on "File> Create Alias" in the Finder menu and drag the newly created entry into the "Favorites" area of the Finder.

In order to access the Fritz-NAS with your smartphone, you only need to download the free Myfritz app from the Play Store or App Store.

Summary

  • For your Fritz NAS you need beside the Fritz box only a USB memory
  • Make sure that the remote connection for USB storage is disabled and connect the USB stick with your Fritzbox
  • If you have not yet created a Fritz user, you have to do that now and give this "access to NAS content"
  • Define now the complete USB stick or even single directories for the release
  • Activate in the Fritzbox now the option "Access via a network drive (SMB) active" and call "fritz.nas" in the browser to access content
  • Under Windows 10 Embed Fritz-NAS as a network drive: Enter "\ fritz.box" in the search box of the taskbar and, if necessary, user name and password
  • Then right-click on "FRITZ.NAS" and "connect network drive"
  • macOS: Embed Fritz-NAS via Finder and add "smb: //fritz.box"

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