Set up USB file sharing

Did you know you can connect a USB memory stick or hard drive to your Bright Box router? This guide shows you how to connect your drive to the router and read/write files over your home network. It also shows you how to change settings so you can password protect the drive.

Connect memory stick or hard drive to your router

To connect a memory stick or hard drive to your router, simply:

  1. Plug the USB drive into the USB socket on the back of the router



  2. After a couple of seconds, the drive will become available on your home network
    - Windows - You'll find your drive in Computer, under Network (or My Network Places)



    Apple Mac - You'll find your drive in Finder under SHARED



  3. To view your files, click on the monitor icon named BRIGHTBOX2 - your files will display


If you can't see your drive, try one of the options below:

  • Windows - Click Start and enter \brightbox2 in the Search or Run field
  • Apple Mac - Open Finder, select Go and Connect to Server then enter smb://brightbox2

Set up a password for your drive

  1. From a computer connected to your Bright Box, go to 192.168.1.1 (opens in a new tab or window)



  2. The router's LOGIN SCREEN will open



  3. Enter the username and password for the admin pages
    - The username is admin (all lower case)
    - The password can be found on a sticker on the bottom of your router



  4. Select LOGIN



  5. The STATUS page will open



  6. Click on the Basic Set-Up tab and select USB File Sharing



  7. In the Security Control field, select Enable



  8. Enter a Username and Password - you can leave these as default (i.e. user and password) or enter your own details
  9. Click SAVE SETTINGS 



  10. Your new settings will be applied
  11. Next time you view files on your device, you'll be prompted to enter the username and password for the drive
  12. Enter the username and password you saved - by default the username is user and the password is password



  13. The files and folders on your drive will be visible

Compatible drive formats

The following formats are compatible:

  • NTFS
  • FAT32
  • FAT16

Apple Mac HFS or HFS+ file systems are not supported.

Last updated: 7/2/2019
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