How to access your USB drive via FTP server withTL-WR902AC (new logo)

Configuration Guide
Updated 06-27-2022 07:11:54 AM 69127
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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.

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.


• 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 USB Settings > USB Mass Storage and click Disconnect.

To set user accounts:

1. Visit, and log in with the username and password you set for the router.

2. Go to USB Settings > User Accounts.

3. Choose the Index for the account and specify a new username and password in the New Username and New Password fields, and reenter the password for confirmation.

Note: For an account with Index 1, it is the Super User with full access to all active volumes and shared folders.

4. Click Set.

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

To set up your FTP server:

1. Visit, and log in with the username and password you set for the router.

2. Go to USB Settings > FTP Server.

3. Click Enable to enable the FTP Server.

4. Click Enable to enable the internet access to the FTP server.

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

6. Click Apply.

To specify a folder to be accessed via the FTP server:

1. Go to USB Settings > FTP Server.

2. Click Add New Folder.

3. Specify a name for the folder to be shared in the Share Name field. And select the folder you want to share. And determine the access right of user accounts.

4. Click Apply.

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

To access the USB disk locally:

For Windows:

Open the Windows Explorer (or go to Computer), type the server address in the address bar, enter a username and password and then press [Enter].

Note: Here we take Windows 8 as an example.

For Mac:

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

2) Type the server address

3) Click Connect.

4) When prompted, select the Registered User radio box and enter a username and password.

To access the USB disk remotely:

For Windows:

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 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.

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

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

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