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Set up and configure a new FritzBox - this is how it works

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This is how you set up your new FritzBox:
1. Disconnect the old router from the DSL connection and connect the FritzBox:
2. Connect to the FritzBox WLAN:
3. Call up the FritzBox in the network:
4. Start the FritzBox setup wizard:
5. Select provider:
7. Establish an Internet connection:
8. Check connection:
9. Search for the latest software update:
10. Install FritzBox firmware update:
11. Set up telephones:
12. Assign phone numbers correctly:
13. Last but not least - finish setting up the FritzBox:

Do you need help setting up your new FritzBox? We'll show you how it's done..

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Nowadays, the FritzBox is basically the standard router in German households - and for good reason: The current top models offer fast Internet, are full telephone systems and offer extras such as network storage or media servers. In the following, we will show you how you can set up your new FritzBox.

This is how you set up your new FritzBox:

1. Disconnect the old router from the DSL connection and connect the FritzBox:

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The FritzBox works “out of the box”, which means you can simply connect it by replacing your old router or modem. If you want to use the FritzBox as a DSL modem, you must connect the enclosed gray Ethernet cable to the "DSL / TEL" connection on the FritzBox. If you hang the FritzBox behind a modem - for example if you have a cable connection and a cable modem - you have to put the enclosed yellow cable from the modem connection to the LAN1 connection of the FritzBox. Finally, plug the power cable into the FritzBox . The LEDs on the front will then flash. Wait about 5 minutes to make sure that the FritzBox has finished booting. The box is now ready to be set up.

2. Connect to the FritzBox WLAN:

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Now search for the FritzBox WLAN and connect your PC, Mac or tablet to it . The WLAN is always called like the FritzBox model, such as “FRITZ! Box 7490”. The preset password ( WLAN network key ) can be found on the underside of the router in the form of a 16-digit code. In principle, you can keep this, it is safe. But of course it is written down on the FritzBox why someone at your home can find out the password by simply turning the router around. So it is better to change the password later.

3. Call up the FritzBox in the network:

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As soon as you are connected to the WLAN, you can call up the administration backend of the FritzBox. To do this, call up http://fritz.box in the URL line of your browser. The FritzBox administration interface now appears here. Enter a password in the "FRITZ! Box password" field . The FritzBox tells you whether this is safe. This is NOT the WLAN password, but the access password for the administration interface at http://fritz.box . Make a note of it somewhere because if you forget you will have to start all over! Then click on " OK ".

4. Start the FritzBox setup wizard:

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The setup wizard will now start , with which you can make important settings on your router. Read through the first message of the wizard and then click on " Next ".

5. Select provider:

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Now you have to choose your internet provider . If the router is connected directly to the network splitter or the DSL modem, you must have the access data of your provider to hand. If you have installed the FritzBox behind a second router, you have to select existing access via LAN ”. Click on “ Next ”. Then select the option that makes sense for your provider and, if necessary, enter the Internet access data .
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7. Establish an Internet connection:

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Follow the instructions in the setup wizard . If you have selected a DSL provider, you can still reach the FritzBox interface at http://fritz.box and the router is online. If you have selected access via an existing LAN connection (as a second router), you will receive a new IP address for the FritzBox interface . Make a note of this in order to call up the interface again later. Then click on " To overview ".

8. Check connection:

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In the overview you can see that your FritzBox is online and connected . You can now access the Internet with the FritzBox via WLAN or an Ethernet cable connection. To do this, simply go to a website on your computer to test whether everything went well .

9. Search for the latest software update:

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The next thing you should do is to install the latest update . To do this, click on " System " in the menu on the left : Here you will find the item " Update ", which you also click. Then press “ Find new Fritz! OS ” to check for the latest firmware updates.

10. Install FritzBox firmware update:

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If there is an update, the FritzBox reports this now. The new version number and the improvements are displayed. Click on “ Start update ” to carry out the update. The box loads and installs the update independently. As long as the info LED on the device is flashing, it is working on the update - under no circumstances disconnect it from the power! It can take a while (approx. 5-10 minutes) until the FritzBox is ready for use again.

11. Set up telephones:

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If you also want to use your FritzBox as a telephony device, you can set this up now: Normally, it automatically takes over the telephone numbers that have been assigned to you by the provider. You can now connect a telephone to the FritzBox with the help of the enclosed cable and select “ Telephony -> Telephony devices” in the administration interface . Click here on " Set up new device " and then follow the wizard.

12. Assign phone numbers correctly:

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It is important that you correctly select the phone number (s) that should be used to access the connected telephony device when setting up the system . For example, you can separate fax and telephone with an ISDN connection. The phone then rings, which you have to confirm. The phone is then linked to the phone number.

13. Last but not least - finish setting up the FritzBox:

That's it: You can now use your FritzBox for Internet access, for making calls and as a NAS device. It is now set up. Of course, you still have a few options for fine-tuning: To do this, you have to call up your FritzBox again. Then you can, for example, change the name of the FritzBox WLAN under “WLAN -> Radio Network” or the access password for the WLAN under “WLAN -> Security”. You can also set up your own WLAN for guests in the "WLAN -> Guest Access" menu. In the "Internet" menu there are also a number of options for optimizing Internet access. Here you can set up a VPN or shares for remote access. It makes sense to have a MyFritz account, which you can also create here.

Would you also like to use your FritzBox as network storage? Then we will explain to you in this article how to set up "FritzNAS"..


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