USB ports on Orange router?

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USB ports on Orange router?

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I have a new Orange router that has two USB ports on the back alongside the Ethernet ones.

Can I use these USBs to connect my iMac to the internet as I did with the ethernets? (I cannot try it as I do not have a USB cable - but if I can, then I will get one in the morning.. 8-) )

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Re: USB ports on Orange router?

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I'm afraid not, only for printers etc., not for internet:

" Prises USB: Pour raccorder des périphériques compatibles avec la Livebox comme une clé
USB, un disque dur ou une imprimante. "

Manual.

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Re: USB ports on Orange router?

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You can connect (external) hard drives to them, and they come up as network drives.

If they have media on them, you can view the media on your TV!

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Re: USB ports on Orange router?

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Thanks both! I won't buy a cable then!

If you say media can be read from an HDD plugged in, then it could be useful as I could make it the home for my movie HDD - I take it tat the media is available to users on wi-fi, yes?

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Re: USB ports on Orange router?

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Crabtree wrote:
Sun Mar 08, 2020 6:32 pm
You can connect (external) hard drives to them, and they come up as network drives.

If they have media on them, you can view the media on your TV!
Only if your TV has a wifi connection

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Re: USB ports on Orange router?

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rabbit wrote:
Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:03 am
Crabtree wrote:
Sun Mar 08, 2020 6:32 pm
You can connect (external) hard drives to them, and they come up as network drives.

If they have media on them, you can view the media on your TV!
Only if your TV has a wifi connection
Correct.

It can also be accessed by anything (laptop, phone) on the network.

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Re: USB ports on Orange router?

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Can't see anything :P
Does it need some geeky gobbledygook programmed in to make it work?

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Re: USB ports on Orange router?

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If you are on a Windows laptop it will be in Explorer under Network. Tried but cannot add screenshot!

On Android you will need something like Network Browser which is free from Play Store.

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Re: USB ports on Orange router?

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I only have Mac or IOS. Looked all over and still cannot see the HDD.

I used the maximum 30 seconds my window of attention allows when it comes to formatting these things, and read that these routers might only see FATNFTS32 or some sort of garbage - I remember dimly this cropping up before where a vistor could not access movies from the same drive. I was lucky in that Samsung recogises everything and was ok.

It is no big deal, I would rarely watch a movie on another TV, so will just go back to how it was. :D

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Re: USB ports on Orange router?

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Yep - a friend's son who lives and sleeps in a darkened attic amidst a carpet of cables, confirmed that unless a drive is formatted in such a way, the router will not recognise it. And definitely if it is an Apple format it will not see it.. :cry:

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