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Configuring the USB storage settings of the Linksys E9450

This article provides an overview of the External Storage settings of the Linksys E9450 WiFi 6 Router.  For instructions on how to access this page, follow the steps below:

NOTE:  This article is for Linksys E9450-AH, E9450-CN, E9450-JP, and E9450-KR.

 
Step 1:
Access the web interface of the Linksys E9450.  Click
here for instructions.

 
Step 2:
Click on Advanced Setup > External Storage.
 
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The table below shows the settings that can be configured under External Storage.
 
Feature
Description
Disk

When a USB drive is detected, it will display the drive’s system and space information.
 
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USB Port Speed

The column of the USB Port Speed will populate based on the drive type you have connected to the router’s USB port.
 
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Create Share

Click this option to create a Share on the drive.
 
Safely Remove Disk

Before disconnecting a USB drive from the router, click on Safely Remove Disk.  This prevents the possible loss of data, which may occur if you remove the USB drive while it is transferring data.
 
Shared Folder

The device name of the router is displayed in the Router Name section.  You can always change this name by going to Configuration > Local Network settings in the router's web interface.

The IP address of the disk is displayed in the Shared Disk IP Address section.

 
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Shared List

If you have created any shares, you will see a list of shares in the table.
 
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Edit:  Click this to change the access settings of a shared folder.
Delete:  Click this to delete a shared folder.

Summary:  Click this to view a list of shared folders.

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Format Disk
Click this to format the drive.

NOTE:  All data in the drive will be deleted.

 
Refresh
Click to refresh the External Storage page.
 
FTP Server
To enable the FTP server feature, check the FTP Server checkbox and select a folder then click Save.
 
Administration
Under Administration, take note of the following:
  • Default groups are admin and guest
  • Default users are admin and guest
  • You can create new users and groups

The default admin password for the USB feature is admin even if you change the router’s password.  To change the password, click on Edit and make your changes.
 
 
Click on the links below for specific troubleshooting instructions.

How to create a Share
How to configure the FTP server
How to create users and group

How to create a Share

Before you begin:  To give permission to certain users, you will first need to create users and groups on the Administration page.  For instructions, click here.
 
Step 1:
Access the web interface of the Linksys E9450.  Click
here for instructions.

 
Step 2:
Go to Configuration > External Storage > Create Share.
 
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Step 3:
In the Display Name field, create a name for your share.
 
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Step 4:
Decide if you want to share the entire drive, create a folder, or select an existing folder in your drive.
 
  • If you are going to share the entire drive, leave the Share Entire Partition checked.
 
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  • If you are going to create a folder, enter a new folder name and click Create.  Uncheck the Share Entire Partition checkbox and select the folder you just created.
     
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  • If you want to select an existing folder, navigate into the folder by unchecking the Share Entire Partition checkbox and clicking on the button next to Enter into Folder.
 
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Step 5:
Now select the groups that should have access to the content you are about to share and click Apply.
 
NOTE:  By default, the admin has access to any content on the drive.  If you haven’t created a group, go to Administration and create your users and add them to a group.

 
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Your share has now been created. 
 
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How to configure the FTP server
 
Step 1:
Access the web interface of the Linksys E9450.  Click
here for instructions.

 
Step 2:
Click on Configuration > External Storage > FTP Server.
 
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Step 3:
Enable the FTP Server feature.

 
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Step 4:
Click Specify Folder.
 
Step 5:
In the Display Name field, enter a new name for your FTP folder.
 
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NOTE:  If the Partition is showing as --, click on Enter into Folder.
 
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Step 6:
Decide if you want to create a folder, share the entire partition, or select an existing folder. 
 
  • To share the entire partition, just check the Share Entire Partition box.

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  • To select an existing folder, navigate into the drive and select the folder.

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  • To create a folder, enter a new name in the New Folder section and click Create.  Then select the new folder.
 
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Step 7:
Now, select which groups should have access to the folders or partition.  Click the arrow buttons to move the selections to and from Available Groups or Groups with Access.  By default, the admin has access to the FTP content.  Click Save.
 
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Step 8:
Make sure to click Save to apply all your settings.

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How to create users and group
 
Step 1:
Access the web interface of the Linksys E9450.  Click
here for instructions.

 
Step 2:
Go to Advanced Setup > External Storage > Administration.

Step 3:
If you need to assign users to a group, create a group first.  Otherwise, skip to Step 5.  Click Create New Group.
 
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Step 4:
Give your group a name, description and choose either read-and-write or read-only.  Then, click Apply.  Create additional groups as needed.  Click Save.
 
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Step 5:
Click on Create New User.
 
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Step 6:
Update your User Account details and click Apply once done. 

NOTE:  By default, the password is admin.
 
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Step 7:
Make sure to click on Save at the bottom of the page to save all changes. 
 
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You have now created users and groups.
 

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