If you happen to own one of the new Linksys routers, then you’re in for a lot of luck since these newer routers are filled with extra features that you wouldn’t normally find in any other router.
One of the most important ones is the fact these routers have a file server that allows you to access USB storage, and share files with everyone connected to the Wi-Fi network.
How To Access USB Storage On Linksys Router
Having these features is one thing, and knowing how to access and make use of them is another thing. Well, worry no more as we are about to give you a full guide on how you can access these files and how you can share them with everyone in the house or office.
Enough talking and let’s get right into how you can make use of these features!
Formatting The USB Drive
In order to be able to share your USB drive with the rest of the people connected to the router, you’re going to need to do some preparation. This means that you’ve got to convert your USB drive or external hard drive, or anything that you’re planning to connect with your router, to a FAT32 or NTFS file system.
The reason behind this is that the router can only work with these 2 types of file systems and will not be able to read any drives that are in different formats. This sounds like a lot of work, but do not worry as we are about to show you exactly how it can be done.
Luckily, there is a free app that will help us go through all of this in no time. The app is call MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition, and it is a professional partition management that has a lot of features including the one we very much need at the moment, and others such as upgrading a hard drive, or converting MBR to GPT.
Using the following link, you’ll be able to download the free tool. Click here!
After you first download and install the free program, connect your USB drive, external hard drive, or whatever device you’re trying to convert to your pc.
Launch the app, wait for the main interface to show you all the connected devices and then choose the one you wish to convert. Now, click on Format Partition that you’ll see on the left.
Now, you will be given a drop-down menu, and from that choose File System FAT32 or NTFS, and then hit Ok.
You need to remember that going through this process will definitely erase everything you have stored in your USB device. So, make sure you have backed everything up before you do anything.
Finally, click Apply that you’ll find on the upper left corner if the interface as the image below clearly shows.
Accessing the USB Storage
Now that you’ve made your USB device compatible with your Linksys router, all that is left is knowing how you can access those files, which also happens to be very easy if you follow our guide.
After you plug your USB device into the back of your Linksys router, click here to access your Linksys account and go to your Wi-Fi dashboard and settings.
The page should look something like this:
Once the router recognizes the USB device you’ve plugged in, click on Manage External Storage.
After that you’ll be able to see the status of the USB device, as well as you can access its files on the Wi-Fi network through the folder sharing feature that the router has.
Open the File Explorer, and from there you can search for the IP address in your regular address bar in order to find the files and folders that are shared from the USB device you’ve connected to the router.
It is very important to know that literally anyone who is connected to your Wi-Fi, or Ethernet will be able to access these files and folders, which is why it is probably recommended you protect them with a password.
Finally, in order to open and use these files, all you have to do is click on them like you would do with any normal files and folders you’ve got in your laptop.
This is definitely something people wouldn’t know how to do on their own, but after you follow this thorough, yet simple guide, it will become easier than ever to find what you are looking for.
We hope that this article was very beneficial for you and has helped you find what you are looking for. Owning such high-quality routers makes it imperative that you know how to benefit from all tis extra features that are usually the reason why its price is so high in comparison.