The Ins and Outs of USB Sharing

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Do you know everything your router can do? Perhaps you think its functions are limited to providing Wi-Fi and related wireless functions. However, it also can serve as a powerful transfer station for sharing. How is that possible? Some routers are equipped with USB ports, which can be utilized for sharing and storing information.


Generally, these USB ports provide us with three ways of file sharing: Samba, media server, and FTP server. Want to know how to make full use of the USB ports on your router? Then read on.


1. Samba

This is a feature of local storage sharing which allows you to share a USB device (USB drive or Mobile Hard Disk Drive) that’s connected to the router, with other users on the network. The samba server works like an NAS (Network-Attached Storage) system which is best for sharing between network neighbors. It relies on the Server Message Block/Common Internet File System (SMB/CIFS) protocols, enabling transfer between Linux and Windows systems, which is not otherwise possible. Samba is a great method for fast and easy sharing.  Now get started with Samba!


2. Media Server

The Media Server feature allows you to share music, videos, and photos from a USB connected device to game consoles or media players in the same network. This can be very useful when you want to share your photos with others on your network or access your videos and music on other devices (like an XBOX or Playstation). With Media Sever, you don’t have to worry about storing and transferring concern. Refer to the support page if you need any help with the setup.



3. FTP Server

The FTP server feature allows for the easy access and sharing of files located on a USB hard drive, wherever you have access to the internet. It is based on the File Transfer Protocol (FTP), which enables fast and convenient file transfer (especially when it comes to big files) between computers. And you can access the FTP server wherever and whenever you want. Thus, when you are on a business trip or far away from home, you can remotely access information that you need. Check the USB Sharing instruction and locate the Access the USB Device Remotely section to set up the FTP Server feature. 


The versatile functions of TP-Link’s USB Sharing take care of your various sharing requirements. There is one to meet your needs no matter where you are or what situation you are in. To learn more about their configuration, please refer to the User Guide of your device at the Download Center.





I also found this feature on Openwrt website and looks very interesting. I know that driver(firmware) is not official release, but I have to say this feature is awesome !

Acording this link, him successfully installed a driver(firmware) of TP-LINK router to allow notebook, mobile phone mirro display on his screen via USB port.  


[How To] Add WiFi display device (MagicLink) to a OpenWrt router via USB


Does TP-Link will have any plan to support this feature in the future ?