Sharing content

If you connect a USB storage device to the USB port of your Technicolor TG589 router, you can share the content on your USB storage device(s) with other devices that are connected to your local network (mostly computers and multimedia devices).


Your Technicolor TG589 router supports USB 2.0. The following file systems are supported

  • NTFS
  • FAT32
  • FAT16
  • HFS+
  • EXT2/3/4

You can connect up to five USB storage devices (via a USB hub).

Content sharing servers

Your TG589 router offers two types of service to share your content. The following table gives a brief overview of the main functions:  

   Samba server  DNLA server
 Function  Store and access your data on your local network  Make media files available for DLNA capable devices like media players and set top boxes from your local network
 Access  Read and write  Read-only
 Accessible from
 Local network  Local network
 Types of content shared
 All files from all partitions and disks that are connected  Only the media files (music, movies and pictures) from all partitions and disks that are connected

How to set up content sharing

Both the Samba and the DLNA server are enabled by default. The only thing you need to do is to plug your memory stick or external hard disk in (one of) the USB port(s) of your Technicolor TG589 router.

Customising the content sharing settings

To change the default settings, proceed as follows:

  1. Browse to the router web interface.
  2. Select Content sharing. The Content sharing page appears. Under General status, you can change the following settings:
    • Samba name: Your router will share the content to the Samba devices under this name.
    • Samba enabled: Allows you to enable or disable the Samba file sharing server.
    • DLNA enabled: Allows you to enable or disable the DLNA service.
    • DLNA name: Your TG589 router will share the content with other DLNA devices under this name.
  3. When you click show advanced, you will be able to configure the Samba name and DLNA name. On top of that you can also change the:
    • Samba workgroup: Enter the same workgroup as used by your computer(s).
    • Samba description: Add a short description for the router shared content.
  4. Select Apply.
  5. All users connected to your router can now access the data stored on the storage device(s) that are connected to your router.
Last updated: 13/2/2019
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