ToolBox -

How to set up the FRITZ!Box as a Media Server

The FRITZ!Box has many functions. It can transmit images, music and videos. The FRITZ!Box is also able to transmit internet radio signals and podcasts to devices and software in your home or office network. These functions are all accessible when the FRITZ!Box is configured as a media server. Configuring the FRITZ!Box as a media server allows for access to a central media collection from all computers and devices in the FRITZ!Box home network. These could include:smartphones with the FRITZ!App Media, televisions and wireless music systems or speakers.

  • In order to set up your FRITZ!Box as a media server, your playback device / software must support the UPnP AV (Universal Plug-and-Play Audio/Video) standard.

How to setting up a media server

In order to set up a media server, a number of other procedures must first be completed:

How to disable the USB remote connection for USB storage devices in the FRITZ!Box

  • First, select  the “Home Network” menu in the FRITZ!Box user interface (Click here to read our guide on navigating the FRITZ!Box user interface).

1

  • Now select “USB Devices” from the “Home Network” menu. Proceed to the next menu.

2

  • Now select the “USB Remote Connection”. Note that you must access advanced view mode to see this tab (see our guide on the FRITZ!Box user interface to learn how to switch between standard and advanced view modes.).

3

 

4

  • You can now disable the “USB storage media”.
  • You should now select “Apply”. This will save the new USB settings.

5

How to connect a USB storage device to your FRITZ!Box

  • You should copy all of your desired media collection to a USB storage device. Such media could include music, videos and images. This could copied to a memory stick or an external hard drive. Note that the storage device used must be formatted with NFTS, FAT/FAT32 or ext2/ext3/ext file system if it is to be used with the media server.
  • Now, connect your USB storage device into any USB port on the FRITZ!Box. You may have to unplug an already existing USB device to make space.

How to enable the Media Server in the FRITZ!Box

  • First select “Home Network” in the FRITZ!Box user interface (Click here to read our guide on navigating the FRITZ!Box user interface).

1

  • Now select “Media Server” from the “Home Network” menu. Proceed to the next menu.

2

  • You should now enable the option: “Media server enabled”.

2b

 

3

  • You are able to restrict access to particular USB storage devices connected to the FRITZ!Box. This can be done in the “Media Sources” section of the “Media Server – Settings” tab. Simply select the USB storage device containing the media files which you would like to share in the Media Server.

4

  • Now select “Apply”. This will save the new settings.

5

How to index media files

home network

  • Now select “Storage (NAS)” in the “Home Network” menu. Proceed to the next menu.

1

 

2

  • In the table “Storage on the FRITZ!Box“, you should select on “not created” or “was created” for every storage device listed of which contains the desired media files.

4

You will know the the indexing procedure is completed once every storage device listed has “was created” displayed next to it.

You will find that the index file will now be updated automatically as long as you use a web browser to copy the files to http:///fritz.nas. However, if you use the windows explorer or any other application to copy files to the storage,  you must either use the FRITZ!Box user interface, FRITZ!Fon, FRITZ!App Media, or a playback device or software that supports UPnP if you wish to update the file index.

If you have found this guide unhelpful and you are still experiencing difficulties with your FRITZ!Box, please call us at Wi-Manx support on 641188.