Germany is FritzBox country! No wonder: AVM's wonder boxes are all-round practical routers with which, for example, you can easily control smart home functions or integrate NAS devices. For maximum convenience, however, it makes sense that the box can not only be controlled by devices within the home network: via remote access, you have the option of fetching data from your FritzNAS or controlling smart home components at any time, even when you are out and about. Setting up is a breeze.
Set up remote access to the Fritz! Box - this is how it works
Warning: remote access can also cause problems. There are currently many attacks on Fritz! Boxes with active remote access!
Test remote access to the Fritz! Box
In order to reliably test remote access to the FritzBox, you now need a device that is not in the same WLAN or network . If you have a smartphone or a tablet with a cellular tariff, this is the ideal test device. It is best to deactivate the WiFi connection on your smartphone. This ensures that you actually access your FritzBox via the Internet - in this case your cellular connection.
Note: Remote access to the FRITZ! Box over the internet is only possible if the router and the device with which you want to access the box use the same IP standard. Here you can find out how to find out whether you are using an IPv4 or an IPv6 address..
The alternative: set up a VPN
There is also an alternative to the MyFritz service: the establishment of a VPN connection. This enables a seamless connection with the home network via FritzBox without an app or a cumbersome web interface. And, what is even more important: The MyFritz service can be used as a free DynDNS service without you having to use it directly. The main advantage of a VPN solution that is unfortunately somewhat more complex to set up is that you can do exactly the same things remotely as if you were sitting in front of your PC, Mac or tablet at home.
However, in some cases this is too much of a good thing, which is why we recommend using the MyFritz service and the associated app for "simple" remote access to control smart home stories and access to FritzNAS data . VPN is only recommended for more complex network applications that have to be controlled remotely..