From the firmware 110429 released on May 6th 2011, TL-WR1043ND begins to support FTP function for USB storage device so that the USB storage device can be visited via local network or external network.
Step 1 Plug a USB Storage device into the USB port. Then open the web browser and type tplinklogin.net in the address bar, then press Enter button. Or you can also type in the IP address of the router to log in. (It is 192.168.1.1 as default)
Step 2 Type the username and password in the login page, the default username and password are both admin (in lower case), then click OK to log into the router, Click USB Settings -> FTP Server on the left side menu.
Step 3 Before configuring the FTP Server, the USB storage device must be recognized first. Click Add New Folder button.
Step 4 Click on the volume you want to share.
Step 5 Select the subfolder. You can select some of them or all, by yourself. Create a display name for you folder and then click Save.
Step 6 Your shared folders will be listed on the FTP home page. If you want to use the Internet Access, please select Enable. Then click Save. At last, click Start to start the FTP function.
Step 7 Click USB Settings -> User Accounts to edit or create a new account.
The default two accounts are admin and guest.
Step6 Now the FTP server can be accessed by local network and external network. Please open the web browser and type in address ftp://LAN IP, press enter. Then type in your account to access to the FTP server. Here the IP address of the router is 192.168.0.1.
Step7 You can also access the FTP server by external network. Please type in address ftp://wan IP to access to it.
You may have dual WAN access to the internet, so you can see a public IP in the FTP server configuration page. And you can also access to the FTP server by this public IP.
If the FTP server can’t take effect immediately, please wait a few minutes.
Or restart the service by clicking stop/start button.