How to Access a USB Drive on a Router on a Mac

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Some routers feature USB ports which can convert a Direct Attached Storage (DAS) USB device into a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device. Routers that support this feature are generally designed with Windows-based networking in mind. Fortunately, Apple's Mac OS X operating system supports networking with Windows networks. You can access the USB drive connected to the router by mounting it as a network volume with the Mac OS X Finder application.

  • Click the "Finder" icon in the Dock.

  • Click the "Go" menu at the top of the screen.

  • Click "Connect to Server."

  • Type "smb://IP-of-router" without quotes and replacing "IP-of-router" with the router's IP address. For example, type "smb://192.168.1.1" without quotes.

  • Click "Connect."

  • Enter the user name and password configured for the share on the router. Click "OK."

  • Click the name of the USB share. The default share name is "Default." Click "OK." The USB device connected to the router is now accessible through the Mac's Finder.

Tips & Warnings

  • The USB share must be configured on the router. Refer to the router owner's manual for details on this process.
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