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Title: Quick USB storage setup guide for Linksys storage link routers

Article ID: 21517


This article will help you set up and share your USB storage device through your wireless router.  Here are the Linksys routers with USB Storage capabilities:
 
Device Model
Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers EA6900
EA6700
EA6500
EA6400
EA6300
EA6200
EA4500
EA3500
E4200 v2
Linksys Wi-Fi Routers E4200 v1
E2500 v3
E3200
E3000
E2100L
E1550
  Device
With these routers, you can easily share your photos, music, and documents within the network.

NOTE:  You may also use the USB port or storage link of your Linksys router to connect your USB printer.  For more instructions on how to do this, click here.  However, you will need to update your Linksys Connect software to the available latest version first.  To learn how to update your Linksys Connect software, click here.
 
Basic requirements before you begin:
 
IMPORTANT:  To avoid errors, check your router’s compatibility with the USB storage device first.  Click the links below to check the list of tested devices with the USB storage capable routers.  If your Linksys router is not in the list above, click here to learn whether your USB storage file system is compatible with it.
                        
Routers
EA4500
EA3500
E4200 v2 and E4200
E3000 and E2100L
 
 
NOTE:  The router currently supports FAT32 and NTFS file systems only.  Check firmware releases for updated file system support. 
 
QUICK TIP:  There is no device installation required since USB storage drives are plug and play devices.  It should be automatically detected once connected to the USB port on the router. 
 
 
There are three (3) things you need to do to be able to share the contents of your USB storage device:
 
i.   Accessing the Storage setup menu
ii.  Creating shares
iii. Mapping a Network Drive
 
IMPORTANT:  Always click on the Safely Remove Disk button before disconnecting your USB storage device while the router is powered ON.  This will help prevent data loss and possible damage. 

Accessing the Storage setup menu

Provided that you meet the above requirements, you can now begin setting up your shared USB storage device using the web-based setup page of the Linksys router.   
 
NOTE:  Do the following procedure using a computer connected to one of the Ethernet ports on the router.  If you are using a wireless computer, connect it temporarily to your router using an Ethernet cable then remove the cable afterwards once the setup is done.
 
Click on a link below that is applicable for your Linksys router:
 
Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router
Linksys Wi-Fi Router
 
Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router
 
Step 1:
Connect your USB storage device into the USB port at the back panel of your Linksys router.
 
NOTE:  If your USB storage device requires an external power supply, ensure that it is powered ON.
 
Step 2:
Access your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account.  For instructions, click here.
 
Step 3:
Once in the Linksys Smart Wi-fi Router’s interface, click USB Storage under Smart Wi-Fi Tools in the left panel.
 
 
You should now see your USB storage drive in the Status tab.
 
 
Linksys Wi-Fi Router
 
Step 1:
Connect your USB storage device into the USB port at the back panel of your Linksys router.
 
NOTE:  If your USB storage device requires an external power supply, ensure that it is powered ON.
 
Step 2:
Launch the Linksys Connect software.

NOTE:  To launch Linksys Connect on a Windows computer, go to Start > All Programs > Linksys Connect.  To launch Linksys Connect on a Mac® computer, navigate to the Applications folder in Go, then start Linksys Connect.  For further instructions, click here.
 
Step 3:
Once you're on the main Linksys Connect screen, go to Router settings > Advanced settings to access the web-based setup page.  For more help, click here.
 
QUICK TIP:  If you’re using a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, skip Steps 2 and 3 and manually access the web-based setup page instead.  For instructions, click here.
 
Step 4:
On your router's web-based setup page, click on the Storage tab.  This will automatically take you to the Disk sub-tab.
 
 
You should now see your USB storage device listed in the table as shown in the screenshot below.
 
 
NOTE:  If your USB storage device is not listed in the table, click on the Refresh button at the bottom right corner of the screen.
 
Creating shares
 
Click on a link below that is applicable for your Linksys router:
 
Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router
Linksys Wi-Fi Router
 
Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router
 
To learn how to configure shares on a USB storage using the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account, click here.
 
Linksys Wi-Fi Router
 
Step 1:
On the router’s web-based setup page, click on the Create Share button.
 
 
QUICK TIP:  Clicking on Create Share will bring up a new window. 
 
Step 2:
In the Display Name field, enter a unique name.
 
 
NOTE:  The Display Name must not contain any spaces in between.  In this example, “Everyone” is used as the folder name.  For two (2) or more words, you can use an underscore to separate them.  (Ex. My_Shared_Disk)
 
Step 3:
If you would like to share the entire contents of your USB storage device, click on the checkbox beside the Share entire Partition option. 
 
 
NOTE:  Enabling Share entire Partition will share all folders and files on your USB storage device.
 
Step 4:
To create a new folder on your USB storage device, specify a name for your New Folder in the allocated field, and click on the Create button.
 
 
Step 5:
In the Folder table, select the folder you would like to share by clicking on the radio button under the Select column.
 
 
NOTE:  To select a sub-folder, click on the Enter into Folder button.  To return to the upper folder, click on the Return to Upper Folder button.
 
Step 6:
Specify which groups will have access to the shared USB drive by selecting a group from the Available Groups column.  Use the >> and << buttons to add and remove groups from under the Groups with Access column.  Once you’re done, click on Save Settings.
 
 
NOTE:  Only groups placed under the Groups with Access column will have access to your shared USB device.
 
You will then be returned to the Disk Management page under the Disk sub-tab.  The shared folder you specified earlier should now be listed in the table under the Shared Folder section.  This indicates that your folder is now ready to be shared.

In order to access your shared USB storage device on a computer within your network, you will need to perform the following procedure:
 
Mapping a Network Drive
 
Mapping a Network Drive is creating a connection to a drive that is not physically connected to your computer so that you can access its contents.  The drive will appear once Network Drive mapping is performed on a specific computer.  This feature is currently available in Windows and Mac operating systems only.
 
NOTE:  For more instructions on how to map a Network Drive or a network storage device for Windows 7, Vista and Mac OS X®, click here.  You can also click here to learn how to map a drive on your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router.
 
Step 1:
Click Start > My Computer.
 
Step 2:
Click on Tools and select Map Network Drive… from the menu.
 
 
Step 3:
Specify an available Drive letter (A through Z) for your shared USB storage device in the Map Network Drive window and enter the path of the drive in the Folder field.
 
 
NOTE:  In this example, "\\192.168.1.1\Everyone" is used where 192.168.1.1 is the router's IP address and Everyone is the Display Name specified in Step 2 under Creating Share.
 
QUICK TIP:  If your Linksys router and computer have the same Workgroup name, you can also use the Browse button to search and select your shared USB storage device.
 
Step 4:
Once you're ready to continue, click Finish.
 
NOTE:  If you would like your shared USB storage device to be available after rebooting or restarting your computer, ensure that the Reconnect at logon is checked.  This option is checked by default.  You may also perform a powercycle on the router by unplugging the power cord of the router for 10 seconds then plugging it back in.
 
Step 5:
You will be prompted for the User name and Password to access your Network Drive.  You can log in as “admin” or “guest”.  Once done, click OK.
 
NOTE:  Admin accounts have read and write access while guest accounts have read only access.  To learn more about the login credentials in each group, click here.
 
 
Step 6:
You should now be able to access and utilize your shared storage device like any other drive on your computer.  Repeat the above steps on each computer that you would also like to make your USB storage device accessible on.
 
 
NOTE:  To access the contents of your shared USB storage device at a later time, go to Start > Computer and double-click on your USB storage device under the Network Drives section.
 
If your computer fails to connect to a network folder, try to connect using another computer that has access to your Network Drive.
 
If you encounter problems wherein you need to reboot your router to reconnect, a firmware upgrade is recommended.  To learn how, click here when using Linksys Connect, or here for manual upgrade instructions.  If you’re using a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, click here.
 
 
Related Article:
 
Compatible USB storage file system for routers with Storage link

 

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