How to Use the FTP Server function on the TL-WR902AC (Standard Router and Hotspot Router Mode)

You can share specific folders on you USB drive on the LAN or access your USB drive outside the local area network.

For example:

• Only share specific folders with clients on the LAN.

• Share photos and other large files with your friends without logging in to (and paying for) a photo-sharing site or email system.

• Get a safe backup for the material for a presentation.

Step 1. Connect Your USB Disk

Insert your USB storage device into the router’s USB port directly or using a USB cable. Wait several seconds until the USB LED becomes solid on.

Tips:

• If you use USB hubs, make sure no more than 2 devices are connected to the router.

• If the USB storage device requires using bundled external power, make sure the external power has been connected.

• If you use a USB hard drive, make sure its file system is FAT32 or NTFS.

• Before you physically disconnect a USB device from the router, safely remove it to avoid data damage: Go to Advanced > USB Settings > Storage Sharing and click Eject Disk.

Step 2. Access the web-based management interface of TL-WR902AC

Visit http://tplinkwifi.net, and log in with the username and password you set for the router.

Step 3. Set up your FTP server

Go to Advanced > USB Settings > FTP Server.

Click Start to enable the FTP Server.

Click Enable to enable the Internet access to the FTP server.

Specify a port number for the Service Port. The default value is 21.

Click Save.

Step 4. Specify a folder to be accessed via the FTP server

Click Add New Folder.

Specify a name for the folder to be shared in the Display Name field. And select the folder you want to share or select Share entire partition to share all folders.

Click Save.

You can check which folder is shared and also edit or delete the folder.

Step 5. Manage User Account

Go to Advanced > USB Settings > User Accounts. Click Add New User. Specify a new username and password in the User Name and Password fields, and re-enter the password for confirmation.

You can check the newly added account and also edit or delete the account.

Step 6. Access the USB Disk Locally

Refer to the following table for access instructions. You can customize user accounts by referring to User Accounts.

For windows computer:

Open the Windows Explorer (or go to Computer), type the server address ftp://tplinkwifi.net in the address bar, enter a username and password and then press [Enter]. (Here we take Windows 8 as an example.)

For mac computer:

1) Click Go in the top left corner of the desktop and go to Connect to Server.

2) Type the server address ftp://tplinkwifi.net.

3) Click Connect.

4) When prompted, select the Registered User radio box and enter a username and password (To learn how to set up an account for the access, refer to User Accounts).

For tablet:

Use a third-party app for network files management.

Step 7. To access the USB disk remotely

Refer to the following table for access instructions. You can customize user accounts by referring to User Accounts.

For windows computer:

1) Open the Windows Explorer (or go to Computer, only for Windows users) or open a web browser.

2) Type the server address in the address bar: Type in ftp://<WAN IP address of the router>:<port number>(such as ftp://59.40.2.243:21). If you have specified a domain name for the router, you can also type in ftp://<domain name>:<port number> (such as ftp://MyDomainName:21)

3) Press [Enter].

4) Access with the username and password by referring to User Accounts.

Tips:

You can also access the USB disk via a third-party app for network files management, which can resume broken file transfers.

For tablet:

Use a third-party app for network files management.

Get to know more details of each function and configuration please go to Download Center to download the manual of your product.

This Article Applies to:
TL-WR902AC( V1 )
Configuration Guide | Updated 03-03-2017 03:47:20 AM