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Connecting a Network Attached Storage to your router

A Network Attached Storage (NAS) is a device that enables additional storage to be quickly added to your network.  This device can let you share files or folders in your network.

This article will help you add a Network Attached Storage to your Linksys router.

NOTE:  In this example, we used a Linksys WRT54G router and a Linksys NSLU storage device.

IMPORTANT:  Before you connect the NAS to your router, make sure that your NAS is within the same IP address range of your Linksys router.  If it’s currently not on the same segment, change it so it'll be on the same network as your router.  By default, the IP address of a Linksys router is and a Linksys NAS is set with the IP address of

Step 1:
Connect an Ethernet cable from the Ethernet port of your NAS to any of the numbered ports at the back of the router.


Step 2:
Ensure that the power adapter for the storage link device is properly and securely plugged in.

Step 3:
Access the network storage web-based setup page to begin your configuration.  For instructions on how to access your NAS, visit its support website for details.  If you have a Linksys Network Attached Storage, click here.

Optimizing your network

Once you have connected your Network Attached Storage to your router, you can now share files within your network.  Once the shared folders are configured, you should be able to access your network storage on any computer that's connected to your router.  To do this, you need to set up Network drive mapping.  For instructions on how to do this, click here.

Related Article:

List of documentation and articles for Linksys USB network storage

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