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Chapter 7 USB Settings

This chapter describes how to use the USB port to share files and media from the USB storage devices over your home network locally, or remotely through the internet.

The router supports USB external flash drives and hard drives.

It contains the following sections:

Access the USB Storage Device

Media Sharing

Offline Download

1. Access the USB Storage Device

Insert your USB storage device into the router’s USB port and then access files stored there locally or remotely.

Tips:

If you use USB hubs, make sure no more than 4 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 > Device Settings and click .

1.1. Access the USB Device Locally

Insert your USB storage device into the router’s USB port and then refer to the following table to access files stored on your USB storage device.

Windows computer

Method 1:

Go to Computer > Network, then click the Network Server Name (TP-SHARE by default) in the Computer section.

Note:

Operations in different systems are similar. Here we take Windows 7 as an example.

Windows computer

Method 2:

Open the Windows Explorer (or go to Computer) and type the server address \\tplinkwifi.net or ftp://tplinkwifi.net in the address bar, then press Enter.

Mac

1 )Select Go > Connect to Server.

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

3 )Click Connect.

4 )When prompted, select the Guest radio box. (If you have set up a username and a password to deny anonymous access to the USB disks, you should select the Registered User radio box. To learn how to set up an account for the access, refer to To Set up Authentication for Data Security.)

Tablet

Use a third-party app for network files management.

Tips:

You can also access your USB disk by using your Network/Media Server Name as the server address. Refer to To Customize the Address of the USB Disk to learn more.

1.2. Access the USB Device Remotely

You can access your USB disk outside the local area network. For example, you can:

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 materials for a presentation.

Remove the files on your camera’s memory card from time to time during the journey.

Note:

If your ISP assigns a private WAN IP address (such as 192.168.x.x or 10.x.x.x), you cannot use this feature because private addresses are not routed on the Internet.

Follow the steps below to configure remote access settings.

1.Visit http://tplinkwifi.net, and log in with your TP-Link ID or the password you set for the router.

2.Go to Advanced > USB Settings > Sharing Access page.

3.Tick the FTP(via Internet) checkbox, and then click Save.

4.Refer to the following table to access your USB disk remotely.

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 the domain name of the router, you can also type in ftp://<domain name>:<port number> (such as ftp://MyDomainName:21)

3 )Press Enter on the keyboard.

4 )Access with the username and password you set in To Set up Authentication for Data Security.

Tips:

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

Tablet

Use a third-party app for network files management.

Tips:

Click Set Up a Dynamic DNS Service Account to learn how to set up a domain name for you router.

1.3. Customize the Access Settings

By default, all the network clients can access all folders on your USB disk. You can customize your sharing settings by setting a sharing account, sharing specific contents and setting a new sharing address on the router’s web management page.

1.Visit http://tplinkwifi.net, and log in with your TP-Link ID or the password you set for the router.

2.Go to Advanced > USB Settings > Sharing Access page.

To Customize the Address of the USB Disk

You can customize the server name and use the name to access your USB disk.

1.On the Sharing Settings part, make sure Network Neighborhood is ticked, and enter a Network/Media Server Name as you like, such as MyShare, then click Save.

2.Now you can access the USB disk by visiting \\MyShare (for Windows) or smb://MyShare (for Mac).

To Only Share Specific Content

1.Focus on the Folder Sharing section. Click the button to disable Share All, then click Add to add a new sharing folder.

2.Select the Volume Name and Folder Path, then enter a Folder Name as you like.

3.Decide the way you share the folder:

Enable Authentication: Tick to enable authentication for this folder sharing, and you will be required to log in to the Sharing Account to access the USB disk. Refer to To Set up Authentication for Data Security to learn more.

Enable Write Access: If you tick this checkbox, network clients can modify this folder.

Enable Media Sharing: Tick to enable media sharing for this folder, and you can view photos, play music and watch movies stored on the USB disk directly from DLNA-supported devices. Click Media Sharing to learn more.

4.Click OK.

Tips:

The router can share 32 volumes at most. You can click on the page to detach the corresponding volume you do not need to share.

To Set up Authentication for Data Security

You can set up authentication for your USB device so that network clients will be required to enter username and password when accessing the USB disk.

1.On the Sharing Accout part, Choose Use Default Account or Use New Account. The username and password are both admin for default account. If your choose Use New Account, you have to customize the username and a password.

Note:

For Windows users, do not set the sharing username the same as the Windows username. Otherwise, Windows credential mechanism may cause the following problems:

If the sharing password is also the same as the Windows password, authentication will not work since the Windows will automatically use its account information for USB access.

If the sharing password is different from the Windows password, the Windows will be unable to remember your credentials and you will always be required to enter the sharing password for USB access.

2.Enable Authentication to apply the account you just set.

If you leave Share All enabled, click the button to enable Authentication for all folders.

If Share All is disabled, enable Authentication for specific folders.

Note:

Due to Windows credential mechanism, you might be unable to access the USB disk after changing Authentication settings. Please log out from the Windows and try to access again. Or you can change the address of the USB disk by referring to To Customize the Address of the USB Disk.

2. Media Sharing

The feature of Media Sharing allows you to view photos, play music and watch movies stored on the USB disk directly from DLNA-supported devices, such as your computer, tablet and PS2/3/4.

1.When your USB disk is inseted into the router, your DLNA-supoorted devices (such as your computer and pad) connected to the router can detect and play the media files on the USB disks.

2.Refer to the following table for detailed instructions.

Windows Computer

Go to Computer > Network, then click the Media Server Name (Model number-share by default) in the Media Devices section.

Note:

Here we take Windows 7 as an example.

Tablet

Use a third-party DLNA-supported player.

3. Offline Download

With Offline Download enabled, the router can download files without keeping your computer powered on all the time.

Follow the steps below to add offline download tasks:

1.Insert your USB storage device into the router’s USB port.

Tips:

If you use USB hubs, make sure no more than 4 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 > Device Settings and click .

2.Visit http://tplinkwifi.net, and log in with your TP-Link ID or the password you set for the router.

3.Go to Advanced > USB Settings > Offline Download and toggle Status on to enable the Offline Download feature.

4.Select a folder path to store or cache your downloads.

Note:

Don’t change the folder path or unplug the USB storage device when uploading or downloading files; otherwise some fatal errors may occur.

5.Customize the settings as needed and click Save.

Schedule: Tick this checkbox and click to specify the time period(s) to download or upload files.

Keep Uploading After Task Completes: Tick this checkbox to keep uploading data of the completed download(s) to others.

Maximum Number of Active Downloads: Enter a value between 1 and 10 to set the maximum number of active downloads.

6.Click Add, then select the source of your download. If it is a torrent file, select its location; if it is a URL, enter it. Click OK.

Note:

If the source is a URL for aMule, click Advanced in the Offline Download section and specify the aMule server IP address and port number, and then click Save.

 
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