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Setting up a USB printer connected to the FRITZ!Box
You can either release a USB printer connected to the FRITZ!Box for sharing as a network printer or use the USB remote connection software to connect it to a computer. Which option is preferable depends on how you intend to use the printer.
1 Setting up a USB printer connected to FRITZ!Box as a network printer
- Configure the USB printer connected to the FRITZ!Box as a network printer if you
- want to use the printer with any of your network devices (for example computers, smartphones, tablets) regardless of the operating system and without any additional software.
Note:Additional printer functions (such as scanning or faxing) are not available when the printer is being used as a network printer. You cannot access information on the printer status (for example to check ink levels).
Important:If you would like to configure a USB printer as a network printer, it must be able to receive data in RAW format (unidirectional RAW over TCP). Printers that require encapsulated or bidirectional data transmission (for example some GDI or LIDIL printers) cannot be used as network printers with the FRITZ!Box.
2 Connecting a USB printer to a computer using the USB remote connection
- Use the FRITZ!Box USB remote connection software to connect the USB printer to the computer if
- the USB printer is an all-in-one device (for example a combined fax/printer/scanner) and you would like to also use the printer for scanning and faxing.
- you would like to use special functions of your USB printer (such as ink level indicator).
- the USB printer can only be controlled bidirectionally or using encapsulated data (this is the case with some GDI and LIDIL printers, for example).
Important:The FRITZ!Box USB remote connection software is available for computers with the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10 / 8 / 7.