How can I access the unit connected to the USB port of my Router?

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The latter is recommended for those parents who need a good control of internet use in relation to children; It is also an option for business executives, who have to limit their connection to social networks during working hours.

What are the differences between home and professional routers?

Some differences between the two are that in professionals the processor is fasterIt also has greater memory capacity, many ports and superior programming options.

In addition, it is possible to allocate more bandwidth, configure visits on the wireless network, protect the network from unauthorized access, distribute the load across multiple Internet provider connections, among others.

 What are the uses of the USB port on the router?

A port designates a connection that makes it possible to both send and receive information ; USB or Universal Serial Bus, is a type of port that acts as a physical interface from which various devices are accessed; such as cell phones and computers.

This port can be used for a variety of purposes, including the connecting a 3G or 4G modem device to get the Internet, without the need for an ADSL or fiber optic connection. Also, you can connect a printer to the port, which is very useful.

Because it offers us the possibility to print from any device that is part of our local network; We just need the router to have a firmware that allows the use of the "print server" service.

Also with the USB port of the router, it can be used as a storage drive, using the SMB (Server Message Block) protocol with which files and printers are shared remotely between nodes on the same network, via FTP.

How can I access the unit connected to the USB port of my Router?

To expose this question, it should be clarified that it will be explained on the basis of a D-Link router, model DIR-880L; This procedure can be applied in a similar way also with the other brands and business models.

The first thing is to check that the USB drive or pendrive is correctly connected to the USB port of the router, then open the browser and enter the URL in the address bar.

The latter is located on the label at the base of the router, in this case it will be http: //dlinkrouter.local or; but for other cases the URL is usually

Then a enter your password, that, if it has not been modified, you must leave the blank for this case; in other models the word "admin" is set for both user and password; then click on «Lon in».

Will appear Now the map with all devices connected, click on the "USB device" icon and detailed information on the connection and storage of the pendrive will be displayed.

We exit the browser and let's go to the following path: in Windows XP we will go to «Start> Run», in Windows 7 we go to «Start> All programs> Accessories> Run» and on Mac we will look for the option «Go> Connect to server».

We finish typing the URL in the dialog box in Windows "" or in Mac OSX "smb: //", then press the "Accept" or "Connect" button as appropriate; if they ask us for a username and password, we enter the router's credentials.

To conclude, we can say that connecting a USB drive to our router is useful for archive, view and edit common files for all people on the same network; This facilitates our daily activities and avoids duplication of files.

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