Why do we need USB connectors on Asus routers, we have already talked in detail (see link). If you went to read an article with such a title, then you want to know more, and this topic is interesting to you. We are always ready to share experience.
A few words about what opportunities open up if you organize file sharing from an external drive when it is connected directly to a router, and not to electronic devices, such as a computer.
It is unlikely that anyone will deny that storing large media files (video, photos, etc.) on external memory sources is quite advisable. It is also convenient that all electronic equipment can work independently of each other. If you connect a flash card or hard drive directly to the router, we kill two birds with one stone: any file from the drive will be available to all devices that work through this router.
Moreover, it’s convenient to organize a home “file hosting” through shared access. For example, through a phone or computer, you downloaded another blockbuster that you save to an external drive. Now sit back on the couch or armchair and watch the movie on the big screen of your TV. In this case, the computer can be turned off. It is even more convenient if you download files through a special application in the router, since any file that will be downloaded through the router to the external memory device connected to it will also be accessible from all electronic devices working with this router.
Features of connecting USB to an external drive
No matter how obvious, but it is this elementary and primary step that many forget to take. Perhaps, subconsciously, users believe that a USB flash drive or drive will connect without any help. It will probably be so in the future, but for now we must do it ourselves.
Often the router has several usb inputs – choose any. If you additionally have, for example, a 3G modem connected, then use the remaining one.
Actually, this instruction can be completed. Surprisingly, you do not need to perform any manipulations; the general access works by a wave of a magic wand even when you connect a USB flash drive or an external drive.
Therefore, now we will talk about how to open and manage such a drive connected to a router.
Just in case, we also demonstrate how to organize competent removal of the drive through the router settings interface.
How to open documents publicly on electronic devices
On the computer you need to go to the "Explorer" and select the item on the left of the list Network. Next run the command "Refresh » (usually this is done by right-clicking in an empty area of the window). After the update, you will see the router application that you need to open.
The folder will contain all files and documents saved to an external drive. However, in order to open the document, you will need to enter the same username and password as for working with the router settings.
Please note that the illustration shows the username and password for the example – admin and admin.
If you entered the "appearance passwords" correctly, then now you are a real "information master". Do what you want: move, delete files, create new folders, etc.
Users may encounter such a problem that if the name of the file uses Cyrillic letters (Russian letters), the device displays the following message: "Windows cannot access …". Unfortunately, we ourselves do not yet know how to solve this problem. Therefore, if any of the readers found a way out, then we ask you to share your experience.
TV set should connect without problems and see the media server itself. No passwords are required to run files.
If you use Android phone or tablet, then you will need a special “lotion” like “ES Explorer” (it can be downloaded for free through the market). Use it to go to the LAN file. It contains files from an external drive in the public domain. The password is the security setting on the computer.
On this, the configuration process can be considered completed. If everything worked out well, congratulations. If not, try again following the instructions or describe your problem in the comments.
Finally, consider another such chip.
iTunes Server on Asus Routers
If you have an Asus router installed, you can also configure iTunes Server and create a shared FTP resource. Unlike a media server, it will take a little work to activate it.
To do this, the first thing you need to do is go to the router settings at 192.168.1.1 (if you have problems, study the article: “How to log into the Asus router” and the general article with error correction: “192.168.1.1", and then open USB Application – File / Media Server.
There you will find the following bookmarks: Media Server, Network Environment (Samba) / Cloud Disk, and FTP Share.
As you managed to notice, the general access begins to work already without additional intervention. "Network Neighborhood (Samba) / Cloud Disk»Is needed to change the settings with the sharing option. For example, you want:
- Rename device;
- Activate free entry;
- Manage user access
- Block file sharing.
If you select the “Media Server” tab, you will see such a window and the parameters available for change:
We will skip the last tab “Share and FTP”, as we plan to devote a separate article to this topic.
Practical tip: when you configure all of the above accesses, make sure that you have done everything possible to Protect your wifi network. Otherwise, unauthorized entry into your personal files is possible.
So what have we learned
For any models of Asus router, a media server for TVs is automatically connected via a USB connector, and “easy movement of the hand” sets up shared access to files and documents stored on an external disk or flash memory for computers or mobile phones. The main advantage is that the information is stored on an electronic drive that is connected to a router, not a computer. Therefore, the latter can be safely turned off and restarted.
As always, any questions are welcome. Thanks for your attention!
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