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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. 
  • Most Linksys Mesh Routers support the USB feature on the parent node only and not on the child node. 
  • The Linksys MR7500 supports the External Storage feature on both the child and parent nodes.
  • Images/options in the article may vary depending on the operating system of your mobile device.

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Feature
Description
Most Linksys Mesh Routers support the following file formats.  For more specific information, you may refer to your router's support page in the Linksys site.
 
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.

The following settings and information will be displayed:
 
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  • Router’s name (e.g., Linksys00040).  
  • Refresh User-added image icon – It is located on 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.  
  • 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 connected storage device using the IP address that will be displayed on your screen when you log in.
  • 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 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 characters such as an underscore ( _ ) or a dash ( - ).
 
LinksysSmartWiFi.com page view
To access the router's LinksysSmartWiFi.com page, follow the instructions here.  Then, click on External Storage under Smart Wi-Fi Tools.

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The following settings and information will be displayed:
 
  • Router’s name (e.g., Linksys00040).  
  • 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.
  • 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 connected storage device using the address that you will see on your screen when you log in.
  • 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.  Most 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, go to External Storage and look for IP address for SMB access: xxx.xxx.x.x (where xxx.xxx.x.x represents the IP address) either through the Linksys app or LinksysSmartWiFi.com 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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