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FRITZ!Box 6490 Service

Setting up a VPN connection to FRITZ!Box in Android

VPN (Virtual Private Network) allows you to establish a secure connection over the internet from your Android smartphone or tablet to your FRITZ!Box and then access all of the devices and services in the home network of your FRITZ!Box.

In addition, whenever a VPN connection is active, all internet queries from the Android device are routed over the FRITZ!Box. This guarantees tap- and tamper-proof communication when using all web services, such as email and online banking, in a public wireless hotspot with your Android device.

Note:In this guide we show you how to set up a VPN connection to the FRITZ!Box using Android 6.0.1 ("Marshmallow"). If you have further questions on VPN connections in Android, contact the manufacturer of your Android device directly.

Requirements / Restrictions

  • Android 4.0 or later is installed on the smartphone or tablet.

1 Preparations

Setting up MyFRITZ!

With MyFRITZ! you can even access your FRITZ!Box over the internet at all times if the FRITZ!Box receives a different public IP address from your internet service provider on a regular basis:

Note:If you already use a different dynamic DNS service, you can also use this service instead of MyFRITZ!.

Adjusting the FRITZ!Box's IP network

Both ends of a VPN connection must have IP addresses from different IP networks. VPN communication cannot occur if your Android device is connected to a router (for example another FRITZ!Box) with the same IP network as your FRITZ!Box.

Note:All FRITZ!Boxes use the IP network in the factory settings.

Assign an IP address to your FRITZ!Box that is not the same as the IP addresses of the routers used by your Android device to connect the FRITZ!Box, for example (subnet mask

  1. Click "Home Network" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Home Network Overview" in the "Home Network" menu.
  3. Click on the "Network Settings" tab.
  4. Click the "IPv4 Addresses" button. If the button is not displayed, enable the Advanced View first.
  5. Enter the desired IP address and subnet mask.

    ATTENTION!Do not enter an IP address from the network 192.168.100.x. In accordance with the DOCSIS specifications, this network is used for maintenance purposes. Using this network would cause IP address conflicts that would result in subsequent errors.

  6. Click "OK" to save the settings.

2 Setting up a VPN connection in the FRITZ!Box

In the FRITZ!Box, set up a different user for each VPN connection.

  1. Click "System" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "FRITZ!Box Users" in the "System" menu.
  3. Click the (Edit) button for the user who intends to connect to the FRITZ!Box via VPN. If you have not set up any users yet:
    1. Click the "Add User" button.
    2. Enter a name and password of your choice for the user in the corresponding fields.
  4. Enable the option "VPN".
  5. Click "OK" to save the settings.

Now the FRITZ!Box sets up the VPN rights for this FRITZ!Box user.
A window displaying the VPN settings for the FRITZ!Box user then opens automatically.

Note:You can call up the window any time by clicking "Show VPN Settings" in the settings for the FRITZ!Box user.

3 Setting up a VPN connection in Android

  • Set up the VPN connection on the Android device using the VPN settings displayed in the FRITZ!Box user interface for the FRITZ!Box user:

    Note:You can access the VPN settings if you select "System > FRITZ!Box Users" in the user interface, call up the settings for the user, and click "Show VPN Settings".

    Fig.: Setting up a VPN connection

4 Establishing a VPN connection

  1. Tap the "Settings" icon on the home screen of the Android device.
  2. Tap "More settings" in the "Settings" menu and then tap "VPN".
  3. Tap the name of the VPN connection you created (FRITZ!Box).
  4. For the "User name", enter the name of the FRITZ!Box user (smith) who intends to connect to the FRITZ!Box via VPN.

    Note:If you select a keyboard word suggestion for the user name and Android automatically adds a space to it, delete the space.

  5. Enter the password for the FRITZ!Box user (secret) in the "Password" field.
  6. Click the "Connect" button:

    Fig.: Establishing a VPN connection

    • The VPN icon appears in the tool bar once the VPN connection has been established:

      Fig.: VPN connection is established