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Overview of the External Storage feature for Linksys Mesh Routers

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The External Storage feature of the Linksys Mesh Routers allows you to connect an external storage device into the USB port on the router and share the entire drive.  This article will provide an overview of this feature. 

NOTES:  
  • Virtual printing is not supported. 
  • The USB feature is only supported when your router is on parent mode.  It is NOT supported when the router is on child mode.
  • Options may vary depending on the operating system of your mobile device.

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Click on the links below for details on the External Storage feature:

Supported file formats
Linksys app view
Web interface view
Network File Sharing / Server Message Block (SMB)

 
Feature
Description
Linksys Mesh Routers support the following file formats:
 
For Windows®: 
  • NTFS
  • FAT32
  • Samba
For Mac®: 
  • FAT32
  • APFS (read-only)
  • HFS+
 
To access this section, tap on the Menu User-added image icon and tap on External Storage.  To learn how to access the Linksys app dashboard, click here.

NOTE:  Options may vary depending on the operating system of your mobile device.  In this section, an iOS device is used.

The following settings will be displayed:
 
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  • Router’s name (e.g., Family Room, Living Room).  On the example above, Linksys00040 is used.
  • Refresh User-added image icon – It is located at the External Storage header.
  • Eject User-added image icon – Tap on this icon to ensure that your hard drive will be safely removed.  This will also prevent file corruption.  The following hard drive details will also be displayed:
    • Name of the hard drive/partition
    • Storage capacity and total storage used for every hard drive or partition
    • IP address for SMB access – computers within your network can access the storage device connected using the IP address
  • Authentication – To enable it, tap on the Menu User-added image icon, then tap on External Storage > Authentication and toggle the sliding switch to the right.  Enter your preferred username and password then tap on Save.
 
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When Authentication is enabled, access to the storage device will be available only to those who have the username and password that you have set.  Authentication is disabled by default.

Authentication requirements:

The username should have a minimum of four and maximum of 12 alphanumeric characters while the password should have a minimum of four and a maximum of 50 alphanumeric characters.  Both can include characters such as an underscore ( _ ) or a dash ( - ).
 

To access the web interface, follow the instructions here.  Then, click on External Storage under Smart Wi-Fi Tools.

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The following settings will be displayed:
 
  • Router’s name (e.g., Family Room, Living Room).  On the example above, Linksys00040 is used.
  • Refresh User-added image button
  • Eject User-added image icon – Click on this icon to ensure that your hard drive will be safely removed.  This will also prevent file corruption.
  • The following hard drive details will also be displayed:
    • Name of the hard drive/partition
    • Storage capacity and total storage used for every hard drive or partition
    • IP address for SMB access – computers within your network can access the storage device connected
  • Authentication – To enable it, simply toggle the sliding switch to the ON position.  Enter your preferred username and password and click on Apply to save your changes then click Ok.
 
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When Authentication is enabled, access to the storage device will be available only to those who have the username and password that you have set.  Authentication is disabled by default.
 
Authentication requirements:

The username should have a minimum of four and maximum of 12 alphanumeric characters while the password should have a minimum of four and a maximum of 50 alphanumeric characters.  Both can include characters such as an underscore ( _ ) or a dash ( - ).
 
 
This section will guide you on how to access the storage device connected to the router.  Linksys Mesh Routers support SMB v2.0.  If you have a router that only supports SMB v1.0, click here for instructions on how to enable SMB v1.0.

To access the drive, look for its IP address either in the Linksys app or the web interface of your Linksys Mesh Router and do the following:

For Windows computers:

Enter “\\” followed by the IP address of the storage drive you want to access into the Windows Explorer field, then press [ENTER].  In the example below, “\\192.168.1.1” is used.

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For Mac computers:

Navigate to Go > Connect to Server and enter “smb://” followed by the IP address of the storage drive you want to access, and then click Connect.  In the example below, “smb://192.168.1.1” is used.

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