Storage (NAS): Options Enabled

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Storage Media on the FRITZ!Box

Enable "Storage (NAS) enabled" to display the storage media on the FRITZ!Box and configure settings for these storage media.

Available storage media are displayed in a table with storage type, name and status.

  • In the "Enabled" column you can enable or disable the available storage media, and also safely remove storage devices.
  • Click the links in the "Kind of Storage" column to access the storage media directly.
  • Storage media are accessed via FTP (File Transfer Protocol). Files in the FAT and FAT32 file systems are supported up to a size of 4 GB. This limit does not apply in the NTFS file system, where even larger files can be accessed.
  • If prompted to enter a user name, enter "ftpuser".

    The FTP user name is fixed as "ftpuser" and cannot be changed.

These storage media can be used on the FRITZ!Box:

  • USB storage devices
    Storage devices connected to the USB port of the FRITZ!Box, for instance a USB stick or USB hard drive.
  • Internal memory
    Storage integrated in the FRITZ!Box. Note the available memory capacity in the "Status" column of the table.
  • Online storage
    Memory space in the Internet, provided by your Internet Service Provider. To synchronize your local and online storage, a USB storage device must be connected to the FRITZ!Box.

Granting Access to Storage to Users from the Internet

Work through the following steps to release FRITZ!Box memory for users from the Internet:

  1. Enable the option "Grant access to storage to users from the Internet".
  2. If you have not done so already, assign an NAS password on the "Security" tab.
  3. Click the "Select Folder" button on the "Settings" tab.
  4. Select the drives and directories for which access is to be granted.
  5. Confirm by clicking "OK".

Now the drives and folders of the FRITZ!Box memory released for sharing can be reached from the Internet via a web browser. The FTP address required for access is displayed under the folders released for sharing.

File exchange is especially convenient with the help of FTP software like FireFTP, Total Commander, SmartFTP, FTP Voyager or Core FTP. As an example of how to use these programs, the next section describes how to use FireFTP, a free add-on for the Mozilla Firefox web browser, to set up an account and establish a connection to your storage media:

  1. Select the "Tools / Add-ons" menu in Mozilla Firefox and install "FireFTP".
  2. Start FireFTP in Mozilla Firefox by clicking "Tools / Web Developer / FireFTP".
  3. Select "Create an account...".
  4. Enter the following information on the "Main" tab:

    Account Name: assign any name you like.

    Host: is the IP address at which FRITZ!Box can be reached from the Internet. The IP address is displayed in the "Grant access to memory to users from the Internet" area and is located right after the "@" symbol at the end of the ftp call.

    Login: enter "ftpuser".

    Password: is the password you assigned as the NAS password under "Home Network / Storage (NAS)" on the "Security" tab.

  5. Confirm by clicking "OK".

Click "Connect" to establish the connection to the FRITZ!Box storage media.

Allow only secure FTP connections

Connections to the FRITZ!Box FTP server generally can be established as secure or insecure connections. With the "Allow only secure FTP connections (FTPS)" option, users are allowed to establish only secure FTP connections to the FRITZ!Box. The software to be used to establish secure FTP connections must support this security and be configured for it. Current web browsers do not support this function at the this time.

In your FTP software—in our example, FireFTP, a free Add-on for the Mozilla Firefox web browser—set up the following security settings for your FTP connection to the FRITZ!Box storage media:

  1. Start FireFTP in Mozilla Firefox by clicking "Tools / Web Developer / FireFTP".
  2. Select the configured access to your FRITZ!Box storage media.
  3. Click "Edit".
  4. Switch to the "Connection" tab and enter the following values:

    Security: Select the "Auth TLS (Best)" setting.

  5. Confirm by clicking "OK".

Now all access from the Internet to the storage media of the FRITZ!Box will be secured by FTPS.

Media Server enabled (Musikbox enabled)

With this function you can stream media data like music, images and video from a USB storage device or your FRITZ!Box's internal memory to compatible playback devices, like FRITZ!Media. All playback devices registered on the FRITZ!Box and thus integrated into the local network must support the UPnP AV standard.