The USB remote connection of the FritzBox has many advantages. Above all, users who use a notebook at home should be happy that they don't have to plug in a cable every time they wander with their notebook from their desk to the kitchen or living room. Instead, the devices can be plugged into the Fritzbox via the FritzBox USB remote connection and remain in place. On the PC it still looks as if the devices were connected directly to the computer. However, the remote connection must first be switched on and set up.
Set up the USB remote connection of the FritzBox: This is how it works
To set up the USB remote connection feature, a number of settings are required, which we will show below. Unfortunately, AVM currently only supports Windows operating systems - macOS and Linux cannot work together with the function.
The USB remote connection is a wonderful way of making USB devices available to several PCs without having to constantly switch them. On the other hand, notebook users can regain their flexibility in this way: Gone are the days when printers and external hard drives had to be plugged in directly to the notebook - the FritzBox now takes care of that! Of course, this gets really interesting with printers or scanners. Printers can of course also be shared via printer sharing in the network, but scanners - mostly without a WLAN connection - can be set up in a central location next to the FritzBox and connected to one of the PCs in the network via USB remote connection as required. Especially those who use several PCs can save not only time and effort, but also devices,after all, every PC no longer needs its own scanner or printer..
macOS and Linux not supported
Unfortunately, the USB remote connection has one major disadvantage: the driver is only available for Windows 7, 8 and 10. This means that other operating systems are neglected: If you use macOS, you unfortunately cannot use the remote connection at all, and there is currently no option under Linux either. It would be conceivable to use the Windows runtime environment WINE for macOS ( http://winebottler.kronenberg.org ) or Linux ( https://www.winehq.org ), but we did not achieve any results in this direction in our tests. The reason is that AVM only allows and signs the download of the utility via FritzBox. In addition, a system recognition is connected upstream, which interrupts the process. Android and iOS also have to be left out.
FritzNAS and printer sharing
If you have a mixed network with Windows, Linux and macOS and only want to share printers or a hard drive as USB devices, you can also access the devices differently: With the help of the FritzNAS function you can share a network storage with a connected hard drive. In addition, you can share a printer from one computer to another or operate it directly on the router. If the printer has WiFi, all you have to do is bring it to WiFi to be able to use it with all of your computers..