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  1. Posts : 428
    w10 1803

    Connecting USB to Router to share file's

    I would like to occasionally share file's like TV shows on my home network .

    I don't need a Nas as I do this very infrequently.

    My router does NOT have a USB port.

    Is it possible to connect a USB to my router using a USB to Ethernet adapter and then see those files on my network?

    TIA Bart
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  2. Posts : 4,040
    Windows 11 Pro, 22H2

    You are looking at this backwards. A USB Ethernet adapter plugs into a USB port on a computer to provide an Ethernet port. It does NOT convert an Ethernet port into a USB port.

    Bart, let me ask a question, and feel free to tell me if I am misunderstanding the situation:

    Why not simply plug the USB device into your computer and share it from the computer? This would effectively be the same thing that would be accomplished by sharing a USB device from a router that has a USB port.
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  3. Posts : 29,388
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 22H2

    or place files in your Public folders and share them from there.
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  4. Posts : 428
    w10 1803
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for that explanation as I didn't know that was the case about the adaptor.

    My situation is this.

    Say I have downloaded a TV show or movie for my little one and I want to be able to play this via either the firestick in the front room or an android device in the bedroom etc I didn't want to have to copy the file to a USB and move it around the house.
    In the same way I don't think keeping a laptop on and sharing the files would be a viable solution.

    Hope this makes sense
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  5. Posts : 4,040
    Windows 11 Pro, 22H2

    If you don't want to physically move a USB stick to a device, that means that you are going to need to share it from somewhere. Since you also don't want to leave a computer on, and we know that your router does not have a USB port, we're quickly eliminating possibilities. Since you also don't have a NAS device, there's really only one more option that's coming to mind at this point:

    What about sharing the videos from a cloud share such as OneDrive or some other similar service?

    Simply create a folder that you share and create a shortcut to that link on the Android device. As for the firestick device, I don't have experience with that so I don't know if it can access a cloud share or not.
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  6. Posts : 428
    w10 1803
    Thread Starter

    That sounds like a good option I think I will try that
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  7. Posts : 5,897
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 22H2

    hsehestedt said:
    Why not simply plug the USB device into your computer and share it from the computer?
    Simple: because the computer may not always be on where the router is. Sure you could setup a WOL but...

    As for the OP's question - if the router doesn't have a USB port for sharing files, that function isn't supported in the router's settings. Been there, done that. In fact, my Linksys Mesh Wi-Fi Router actually has a USB port, but it's there for show at the moment as Linksys hasn't decided to support USB file sharing off the router yet
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  8. Posts : 428
    w10 1803
    Thread Starter

    I managed to find a link online that showed me how to link my Google drive to Kodi so I can upload my stuff to my drive and then stream it via Kodi on either android devices and firesticks too.
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  9. Posts : 29,388
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 22H2

    Neat. If you wouldn't mind marking thread solved and add the link you found to this thread. Will help others.
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  10. Posts : 428
    w10 1803
    Thread Starter

    Please find the link below I used to connect my Google Drive to Kodi which now allows me to stream my content anywhere I want for free .

    Any questions please ask.


    Please mark thread as solved
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