Instructions: FRITZbox VPN set up

FRITZbox VPN set up the possibilities.

Many have a FRITZ Box from AVM at home today, these devices also offer one VPN Functionality. Everything about the subject VPN connect with Fritzbox need to know.

VPN set up on Fritzbox

It's not difficult, in some cases this can make sense for private users. Especially if you want to deal with geographic barriers or if you want to protect your internet connection in public networks, this is actually essential. All of this is surprisingly simple, but requires that you use Internet access with an accessible IP address. Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly rare for Internet providers to offer their customers these at no extra charge. But there are different ways to do it.

No AVM support for additional VPNServices.

Too bad at AVM is that their router but no connections too VPNAllow services, because it would then be very easy to be able to use all devices directly at home via the router.

So the user simply has the option of another FritzBox VPNRouter to use or even the applications of the VPN-Install services directly on the end devices.

VPN with FRITZbox routers:

  1. You can can Your device to the Fritzbox via VPN connect
    and either access devices in their own network or use them to use the internet (IP address of the home connection).
  2. You can Fritzbox with another Fritzbox by VPN connect.
    (AVM calls this: “FRITZ! Box with a companyVPN connect")
FRITZbox VPN set up
FRITZbox VPN set up

These are generally the two VPN Functions of the FritzBox router.

The FRITZbox directly to one VPN- Unfortunately, connecting service is not possible! The Fritzbox lacks the required VPN-Client function and compatibility.

But you want your home network with one VPN Connect service, then you can still get one VPN-Use router in addition to your Fritzbox. These routers are available from 30 euros and then protect your entire network at home.

VPN-Use router in the home network

VPN Establish a connection to the FRITZbox

Connect to the network

For VPN you can establish a secure network connection to your FRITZ Box and the network devices and services in the FRITZ Box home network via the Internet connection of your mobile device (e.g. smartphone, tablet or even PC and laptops).

Secure data connection

In addition, with existing VPN-Connection for all internet inquiries via the FRITZBox, so that you can access all internet offers (e.g. email, online banking) from your Android device, even when using public WLAN hotspots, so that they cannot be tampered with or tampered with.

Go around geographic locks

You then use the IP address of the home network (Fritzbox) to visit websites. It is therefore also suitable for circumventing geographic barriers to streaming.

fritzbox VPN Establish connection
To Fritzbox one VPN Establish connection

Advantages:

  • Free access to the home network and directly to devices such as printers, cameras or a NAS
  • Secure in public networks by encrypting the connection from the mobile device to the Fritzbox.
  • It can also be used to bypass geographic blocks by using the Internet via the IP address of the home connection.

Disadvantages:

  • The maximum transmission speed over VPN with the FritzBox is limited to around 8.000kbit / s.
  • All connected devices share the maximum achievable VPN FritzBox speed (approx.8.000kbit / s)
  • The internet provider must have forwarded a static IPv4 address or at least all ports up to the router of the IPv4 address (not possible with private DS-Lite connections)
  • If you do not have a static IPv4 address, you must also use a DDNS service (often subject to a fee)

Fritzbox router over VPN connect with each other

Access to the company network

Over a VPN Connection (Virtual Private Network) you can use your FRITZ! Box to make a secure connection to the Internet VPNServer of your company and access devices and services in the company network from your home network.

Site networking

By company network is meant that two Fritzbox routers are connected to each other. Depending on the settings made, access to the network of the other router is only possible in one direction or in both directions (site networking).

At least the central router (client to server) must have a static IP address or corresponding port forwarding to the router.

Fritzbox router with each other VPN connect
Fritzbox router with each other VPN connect

Advantages:

  • External locations and their devices can access the devices in the other network (printers, servers, databases).
  • A secure connection between both locations with high encryption is guaranteed.

Disadvantages:

  • The maximum transmission speed over VPN with the Fritzbox is limited to around 8.000kbit / s.
  • All connected devices share the maximum achievable VPN Fritzbox speed (approx.8.000kbit / s)
  • The internet provider must have forwarded a static IPv4 address or at least all ports up to the router of the IPv4 address (not possible with private DS-Lite connections)
  • If you do not have a static IPv4 address, you must also use a DDNS service (often subject to a fee)

Frequently asked questions VPN with FRITZbox

You can use FRITZbox directly with NordVPN connect?

No, you can't. FRITZbox routers have the required function: “OpenVPN Client ”not.

How can you use FRITZbox with CyberGhost VPN connect?

No, you can't. FRITZbox routers have the required function: “OpenVPN Client ”or“ PPTP Client ”not.

How can I use my FRITZbox to watch German TV?

About the function “VPN to the FRITZbox ”, different devices can also be connected via one VPN Connect to it. This means that you also use the IP address of your own home internet access and can therefore also use streaming offers abroad.

Is the VPN Connection to Fritzbox secure?

Yes, an IPsec connection is used, this is also considered very secure in expert circles. Opened ports that are configured on the Fritzbox do not offer large areas of attack for hackers, but you should also protect sensitive data in locations where this access is possible with a firewall.


Created on:04/05/2020

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