Bright Box router - 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 Bright Box

To connect a memory stick or hard drive to your Bright Box:

  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
  3. You'll find the drive listed in Network (or My Network Places) if you're using a PC

  4. Or if you've got an Apple Mac, in Finder under SHARED

  5. Simply select BrightBox in Network or Finder to view and access the shared USB drive

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

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

Set up a password for your drive

  1. From a computer connected to your Bright Box router, go to (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. Click LOGIN

  5. Select BASIC

  6. 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

  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.

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