Set up FRITZ! Box USB remote connection: Use USB printer with Fritz Box

If you have an AVM router or a Fritz Box and the FRITZ! Box USB remote connection program, you can connect a USB printer to the device so that it can be used wirelessly from the computer via WLAN.

If you have an AVM router or a Fritz Box and the program FRITZ! Box USB remote connection you can connect a USB printer to the device in such a way that it can be used wirelessly from the computer via WLAN. In this article, I'll show you how to set up the FRITZ! Box USB remote connection in the home network and what hurdles you may have to overcome. If you don't own a Fritz Box or FRITZ! Box or want to use a completely wireless alternative, then I have something for you at the end of the article ...

Setting up the FRITZ! Box USB remote connection: Using a USB printer with the Fritz Box WLAN home network With the FRITZ! Box USB remote connection you can use a USB printer or USB multifunctional unit via WLAN in the home network.

With the FRITZ! Box USB remote connection you can use a USB printer or a USB multifunctional unit via WLAN in the home network.

Before we start: you need Microsoft Windows

This is and will remain an Apple blog, but if you want to connect your FRITZ! Box to a printer remotely via USB, then you need Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10, each in a 32-bit or 64-bit version. That does not mean per se that the procedure only works on one PC; you can theoretically drag Windows to the Mac or MacBook. Therefore there is Parallels Desktop and Boot Camp. Whatever you decide, here are the instructions for the FRITZ! Box USB remote connection.

Setting up the FRITZ! Box USB remote connection: this is how it works

Okay, we would have checked off the first point called Windows. Now comes a small, preparatory step: connect the printer to the USB port on your FRITZ! Box. Made? Well, then we come to the somewhat more extensive measures ...

Install the FRITZ! Box USB remote connection program

  • Selects the user account to be provided with the program. If the account is not an administrator, the admin password must be entered during installation
  • Once in the user account, you select the user interface of the FRITZ! Box, this is done via http://fritz.box or with the IP 169.254.1.1
  • Now select the menu item "Home network" and then the item "USB devices"
  • Under the "USB remote connection" tab, activate "USB remote connection active" and then click on "the program for the USB remote connection"
  • In the "USB remote connection" window that opens, click on "Download" and load the file fritzbox-usb-remote connection.application on the calculator; then you execute them (double click)
  • Now select "Install" and puzzle your way through the further details

Set up the FRITZ! Box USB remote connection for the printer

Well, we have now established a connection, it just needs to be activated. To do this, go back to the user interface (link / IP above) and there on "Home network". Select the "USB devices" again and then the "USB remote connection". Now you can activate the option “Printer (incl. Multifunction printer)”. Don't forget to click "Apply" to save your settings.

Connect the computer and printer via the FRITZ! Box USB remote connection

We are nearly finished. Now you just have to choose between the automatic and the permanent connection of the computer and printer. You are probably wondering: what is better? Well, if you are the only user of the printer with your computer, then it's best to choose this permanent connection. automatic connection couples computer and printer only in the event of a print job, which is why this option is ideal for home networks with several computers and only one printer.

You can find out how to make the two connections on the corresponding one Support page from AVM.de. This has also served as the source for this article up to now. But now a few (more modern) alternatives should follow. Because printing via WLAN doesn't have to be that complicated ...

WiFi printer for Mac, MacBook, iPad and iPhone as well as Android devices

Do you want to work completely wirelessly and not connect the printer or other peripherals to the router? Then you should think about buying a wireless printer. These devices, with which you can print wirelessly not only from the macOS system, but also from iOS devices, don't cost the world either; sometimes around 50 euros. You can find a selection of wireless printers on this bestseller and info page.

Retrofitting a printer with Bluetooth - is that possible?

Of course, it is easier to buy one (or two) Bluetooth adapters, plug them into the USB socket of the printer (and possibly computer) and then print wirelessly. A wide range of Bluetooth adapters for USB connection you can find here. The only hurdle I found while combing through forums on this topic: you may need Windows here too. But it doesn't have to be. If in doubt, ask the manufacturer of the Bluetooth adapter;)

Conclusion on the topic

Print wirelessly; arguably the second greatest dream of mankind after flying. You can do this with a FRITZ! Box and the FRITZ! Box USB remote connection program. But if you want to buy a new printer anyway or your computer / laptop has Bluetooth, there are also completely wireless alternatives. Which way do you go? Feel free to leave a comment! ;)

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