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How to use the usb on a router?

Marksfish
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How to use the usb on a router?

I am struggling to understand why routers have usb on them. I have seen it is something to do with file sharing, but how does it work and what benefits does it have?
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Mark
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Re: How to use the usb on a router?

Some people use it for network printers. Nowadays they are Wireless enabled printers though.
Some routers have USB ports so that you can put a 3G/4G dongle in them as a backup if your connection goes down for whatever reason.
Chris Pettitt
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Re: How to use the usb on a router?

Also on some routers that support file sharing, you can put a USB memory stick or hard drive onto the USB port then the whole family can access and share things like photos and films.
Marksfish
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Re: How to use the usb on a router?

So if I put pictures and videos on the usb and plugged it in, how would others access the content if I am the only one with access to the router?
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Re: How to use the usb on a router?

Other people on the same network as you could access the images / files.
If you don't share your network with anyone else then it would be a pointless exercise.
Marksfish
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Re: How to use the usb on a router?

Thanks for the answers  Smiley