How to use PhotoSync with a Fritz!Box?

To be able to use PhotoSync with a Fritz!Box, it is best to create an FTP connection in PhotoSync. You can also use an SMB connection, but the Fritz!Box only uses the insecure and slow SMBv1, so you will definitely have faster transfers with FTP. So that you can connect to your Fritz!Box and access a storage medium connected to the Fritz!Box via USB, some preparations in the Fritz!Box administration are necessary:

Please make sure that FTP access to your Fritz!box is allowed at all. To do this, switch to the Fritz!Box Administration in Home > Storage (NAS) and make sure that the option Access via FTP is activated. If you want to allow a connection via the insecure and slow SMB protocol, you should additionally activate the option Access via a network drive (SMB).

If you have connected an USB storage device to the Fritz!Box, you must also activate the option Storage (NAS) active and set the checkmark for the connected USB storage device.

Storage (NAS) configuration
Storage (NAS) configuration

At least one user account should be created in the user settings of the Fritz!Box. There is a default account ftpuser with your Fritz!Box administration password, which you can use instead of a self created account. Create or edit your user account in order to make settings for the NAS functionality of the Fritz!Box.

Fritz!Box user settings
Fritz!Box user settings

Activate the Access to NAS contents setting for the desired Fritz!Box user account so that you can access the Fritz!Box NAS storage. Also make sure that you have read and write access to all available Fritz!Box storage devices. If you only want to restrict the access to certain directories of your connected USB storage device, you can set up individual directories via Add directory.

Fritz!Box user configuration
Fritz!Box user configuration

To establish a connection to your Fritz!Box, you also need the IP address (network address) of your Fritz!Box in your local network. Change to Home > Network, there you will find your Fritz!Box as the first entry in the network connections. The value listed under IP address is the address to connect to your Fritz!Box in your local network.

Fritz!Box IP address
Fritz!Box IP address

Now you can start PhotoSync to set up the connection to your Fritz!box. Open the PhotoSync settings, change to Configure > FTP and add a new configuration. Use the following settings:

Protocol FTP or FTPS if you want to use an encrypted connection
Server The IP address of your Fritz!Box
Port 21
Login The login of your Fritz!Box user
Password The password of your Fritz!Box user
Directory leave empty, you can choose the directory later in the FTP settings under Destination folder
FTP mode Passive or Automatic
Text encoding UTF-8

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