What is the USB port on the back of my router for?

A USB port on a router lets you connect a printer or external hard drive for sharing on the network. USB ports are handy because they make it very simple to set up a network printer on a home network or quickly expand sharable storage.

Can I plug an external HDD into my router?

Most modern routers have a USB port into which you can plug in a USB-compliant device to share with other devices on your network, like a printer or, in this case, an external hard drive. Once you’ve located the USB port on your router, go ahead and plug in your USB external hard drive.

How do I access my USB drive on my router?

  1. Click Start > All Programs > Accessories > Run.
  2. Type \\ IP address of the router (default is 192.168.0.1)
  3. Example- \\192.168.0.1.
  4. Click OK.
  5. If you are prompted to enter a Username and Password, enter the credentials that you use to log in to the router’s web-based configuration utility.

Can I plug my laptop into my router?

You can connect a computer to a router using a wired or wireless connection, depending on the model. For instance, most laptops support Wi-Fi connections, but thin-and-light models like the MacBook Air may not have an Ethernet port for wired connectivity. In that case, you will need a USB adapter.

How do I add an external hard drive to my home network?

If your hard drive has its own Ethernet port, you can connect the device to the network directly. Simply plug the hard drive into its power supply, connect the device to the router using an Ethernet cable, and you’re done. Now your hard drive will be available for remote connections over the network.

Can you connect to Internet with USB?

In terms of USB (Universal Serial Bus), you can access the Internet via a modem that connects to your computer in the form of a USB cable or wireless Internet stick. USB connections can also support high-speed data transfer rates, ranging anywhere from 1.5 to 480Mbps.