Fritz!Box: Connect USB printer to computer via USB Remote Connection

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Summary

With the FRITZ!Box USB Remote Connection program, you can use a USB printer on the FRITZ!Box as if it were directly connected to the USB port of your computer.

Requirements/Restrictions

  • Windows 10 (64/32 bit) is installed on the computer.
Note: All function and setting notes in this manual refer to the current FRITZ!OS of the FRITZ!Box.

Description

Step 1: Connect printer with FRITZ!Box

  1. Connect the printer to the USB port of the FRITZ! box.

Step 2: Install the FRITZ!Box USB Remote Connection program

Install the FRITZ!Box USB Remote Connection program on the computer where you want to use the USB device connected to the FRITZ!Box:

  1. Log on to the computer as the Windows user who will use the FRITZ!Box USB Remote Connection.

Note: If the user does not have administrator rights, you must enter a valid administrator password during installation or the first start of the program.

  2. Call up the FRITZ!Box user interface.

  3. Click on "Home network" and then on "USB devices".

  4. Click on the "USB Remote Connection" tab. If the tab is not displayed, activate the Advanced View first.

  5. Activate the option "USB Remote Connection active".

  6. Click on "the USB Remote Port program". The "USB Remote Connection" window opens.

  7. If the "Download" button is displayed in the "USB Remote Connection" window:

   a. Click on "Download" in the window "USB Remote Connection" and download the file "fritzbox-usb-remote connection application".

   b. Double click on the downloaded file.

  8. Click on "Install" and follow the instructions on the screen.

  9. Repeat steps 1 - 8 for each additional Windows user who will use the FRITZ!Box "USB Remote Connection".

Step 3: Enable USB Remote Connection for printer

  1. Click on "Home network" in the FRITZ! box user interface.

  2. Click "USB devices" in the "Home network" menu.

  3. Click on the "Remote USB connection" tab. If the tab is not displayed, first activate the Advanced View.

  4. Enable the USB Remote Port and the "Printers (including multifunction printers)" option.

  5. Click "Apply" to save the settings.

Step 4: Connect computer to printer via Remote USB connection

The FRITZ!Box-USB Remote Connection program offers two different ways to connect the computer to the printer:

  • An automatic connection is established automatically when the computer sends a print job to the printer. After the print job is completed, the connection is automatically terminated and the printer is available to other computers on the home network. The automatic connection is only established for print jobs, other functions of the printer cannot be used with this type of connection.
  • During a permanent connection, all printer functions (e.g. ink level indicator, fax/scanner functions) are available, but access to the printer is blocked for other computers in the home network.
Note: You can combine both options by activating the automatic connection for normal print jobs and only establishing a permanent connection if another function of the printer requires it.
  • Enable automatic connection

  1. Right-click on the USB Remote Connection icon USBSymbol.png in the notification area of the Windows task bar (Systray)

  2. Activate the option "Automatically connect printer" in the context menu.

  3. Double-click the FRITZ!Box USB Remote Connection icon USBSymbol.png in the notification area of the Windows taskbar (Systray).

  4. If access to the FRITZ!Box is protected by a password only, enter the password and leave the "User name" input field blank.

➤ If access to the FRITZ!Box is protected by user name and password, enter the name and password of a user who is authorized to access the FRITZ!Box
  user interface.

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

  5. Click on the "Update" button.

  6. Right-click on the USB printer you want the computer to automatically connect to.

  7. Select the entry "Assign printer..." from the context menu.

  8. In the "Assign Printer" window, follow the instructions for selecting the printer driver and then click "OK".

  • Making a permanent connection

  1. Double-click on the FRITZ!Box USB Remote Port icon USBSymbol.png in the notification area of the Windows task bar (Systray)

  2. If access to the FRITZ!Box is only protected by a password, enter the password and leave the "User name" input field blank.

➤ If access to the FRITZ!Box is protected by user name and password, enter the name and password of a user who is authorized to access the
  FRITZ!Box user interface.

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

  3. Click on the "Update" button.

  4. Right-click on the USB printer to be connected to the computer.

  5. Select the entry "Assign printer..." from the context menu.

  6. In the "Assign Printer" window, follow the instructions for selecting the printer driver and then click "OK".

  7. Click on the USB printer to establish a permanent connection.

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