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Overview of the External Storage feature of the Linksys MX5300 Velop AX Whole Home WiFi 6 System

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The External Storage feature of the Linksys MX5300 Velop AX Whole Home WiFi 6 System allows you to connect an external storage device into the USB port on the node and share the entire drive.  

This Linksys MX5300 features one USB-3.0 port for storage drive.  If you have more than one of this Velop system, you can connect a USB hard drive into each node. 

NOTE:  Virtual printing is not supported.


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

Supported file formats
Linksys app view
Web interface view
Network File Sharing (SMB)

 

Supported file formats

This Velop system supports the following USB file formats:


Windows®:
NTFS, FAT32, and Samba

Mac®:
APFS (read-only), FAT32, and HFS+

 


Linksys app view

To access the dashboard page using an Android™ device, follow the instructions here.  For iOS, click here.  Then, tap on the menu User-added image icon and go to External Storage.


NOTE:  Images may vary depending on the operating system of your mobile device.

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The following settings will be displayed: 

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  • The node’s name (e.g., Family Room and Living Room).  In the example above, Linksys00040 is used.
  • The Refresh User-added image icon (located in the External Storage header)
  • The Eject icon – Tap on User-added image to safely remove the drive.  This will also prevent file corruption.
  • The following hard drive details will also be displayed:
  • The name of the hard drive/partition 
  • The storage capacity and total storage used for every hard drive/partition
  • The IP address for SMB access - computers within the network can access the connected storage device using this 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.
NOTE:  When Authentication is turned ON, 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.


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Authentication requirements:

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

 

Web interface view

To access the dashboard page, follow the instructions here.  Then, go to External Storage under Smart Wi-Fi Tools.

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The following settings will be displayed:

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  • The node’s name.  In the example above, Linksys00040 is used.
  • The Refresh User-added image button
  • The Eject icon – Click on this User-added image icon to safely remove the drive.  This will also prevent file corruption.
  • The following hard drive details will also be displayed:
  • The name of the hard drive/partition
  • The storage capacity and total storage used for every hard drive or partition
  • The IP address for SMB access - computers within the network can access the connected storage device using this IP address
  • 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.
NOTE:  When Authentication is turned ON, 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.
 

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Authentication requirements:

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

 

Network File Sharing (SMB)

This section will guide you on how to access the storage device connected to the node.  The Linksys MX5300 supports 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 MX5300 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 hit [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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