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How to use your DD-WRT router for NAS storage?

One of the eminent things concerning a DD-WRT router is that you can do loads of things by it (as well as using it for VPN obviously!). If your router holds USB slots (as the RT-ACU66U does), then you can plug in a USB hard drive and use it as Network Attached Storage (NAS) – a centralized storage hub that each authorized individual on your network can obtain.

This is excellent for sharing files or resources in the office, or working as a centralized media telecasting server at home, so that family members can watch or hear to a common library of films, songs or images, practicing any system, smartphone, smart TV, tablet, or various network connected device.

How to set up NAS storage on your DD-WRT router

For this you require:

  1. A DD-WRT router including a USB slot
  2. An external USB hard drive or USB memory stick (as long as your router and system are concerned, these are alike)

1. Connect your USB storage to the router

2. Access your router config page by entering the router IP address (normally into your browser address bar. Tap on the ‘Services’ tab, and then the ‘USB’ tab.

3. Allow ‘Core USB Support’, ‘USB Storage Support’ and ‘Automatic Drive Mount’. If you can see a spare USB port and wish to connect a printer for wireless printing, you can switch on the ‘USB Printer support’ as well. Tap on ‘Save’ followed by ‘Apply Settings’.

4. Information about your USB storage device must appear in the ‘Disk Info’ part. If they don’t, then restart the router and get back to this sheet.

5. Tap on the ‘NAS’ tab. We are going to use SAMBA for this, so ‘Enable’ it, select a Server String (title), and supplement your Workgroup. To determine or modify your workgroup:

  1. For Windows move to Control Panel -> System
  2. For OSX move to System Preferences -> Network -> AirPort -> Advanced -> WINS
  3. For Linux / Ubuntu to install Samba, open up a terminal window and assign the command: sudo apt-get install samba smbfs (you will be required to register your sudo password). Move to the /etc/samba/smb.config file and check for the line ‘workgroup = WORKGROUP’.

6. Below ‘File Sharing’, tap on Add share, choose a storage device or device distribution from the ‘Path’ drop-down menu and select a title for the storage. If you aspire everyone who enters the network to be able to obtain the NAS storage then view Public’, and choose whether permission is Read/Write or just Read.

If you wish to limit access to named users then tap on ‘Add User’ and enter the details, making sure that ‘Samba’ is checked. Repeat for all the authorized users (or less securely just share a single User account details with every single authorized user).

‘Save’ and ‘Apply Settings’

7. Your NAS drive must now be accessible over your Network:

In Windows move to Start -> Network -> [Router name] -> [drive or partition name]

In OSX go to File Manager -> Shared pane or Network folder -> -> [Router name] -> [drive or partition name]

Mobile devices must further be able to obtain the NAS drive, however, the specifications rely on what application you utilize.


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