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Introduction

Some GL.iNet models support TF card, some models have USB port and support USB flash drive and portable external hard drive, you can set up Samba, WebDAV, DLNA on this page for the disk.

The supported disk formats are NTFS, exFAT, FAT32, Ext3, Ext4.

Insert storage device

For TF card, you need to power off the router first, insert the TF card and then power on the router.

For USB Drive, you can directly plug it into the USB port. For portable external hard drive, if you have a separate power supply, please connect it to the power supply.

Go to web Admin Panel -> APPLICATIONS -> Network Storage

network storage

When a disk is found.

network storage, disk found

Set up Samba

Toggle to enable Samba, click Apply.

network storage, enable samba

Go to Shared Folder tab. Click + Add button to add a shared folder.

network storage, shared folder

Choose a folder to share, then click Next.

network storage, shared folder

For security reasons, we do not recommend enabling Anonymous Access.

If you leave the Anonymous Access off, you need to create a user by clicking the + Add User button or choose an existing user, and then check the user in the option Writable User or Read-Only User. The User is for the connection to the Samba Server. You can manage the user in the User Management tab.

Finally, click the Apply button.

network storage, shared folder

That is it. The access link can be found in Shared Link.

network storage, shared link

Click Shared Link, it will show the access link for each system. The Unix-like system include Android, iOS, macOS, Ubuntu etc.

Note: If you enabled Allow Access Samba from WAN and access from WAN, you need to replace the Router IP (default 192.168.8.1) in the figure below with WAN IP which can be found in the INTERNET page.

network storage, folder access link

Then try to access the Samba on various OS, check out here.

Set up WebDAV

Toggle to enable WebDAV.

For the protocol, HTTP is not encrypted, using on your risk; HTTPS is encrypted, it uses self signed certificate.

Then click Apply.

network storage, enable webdav

Go to Shared Folder tab. Click + Add button to add a shared folder.

network storage, shared folder

Choose a folder to share, then click Next.

network storage, shared folder

Select the Share Protocol as WebDAV.

For security reasons, we do not recommend enabling Anonymous Access.

If you leave the Anonymous Access off, you need to create a user by clicking the + Add User button or choose an existing user, and then check the user in the option Writable User or Read-Only User. The User is for the connection to the WebDAV Server. You can manage the user in the User Management tab.

Finally, click the Apply button.

network storage, shared folder

That is it. The access link can be found in Shared Link.

network storage, shared link

Click Shared Link, it will show the access link for each system. The Unix-like system include Android, iOS, macOS, Ubuntu etc.

Note: If you enabled Allow Access Samba from WAN and access from WAN, you need to replace the Router IP (default 192.168.8.1) in the figure below with WAN IP which can be found in the INTERNET page.

network storage, folder access link

Then try to access the WebDAV on various OS, check out here.

Set up DLNA

Toggle to enable DLNA, modify Share Path if needed, click Apply. That is it.

network storage, enable dlna

Connect your smart TV to the router, it will find the DLNA Server.

Samba Client

Here is an example of Windows 11, Windows 10 is similar.

Open up File Explorer and then right-click on This PC (in the left pane). From the resulting context menu, select Show more options -> Add a network location

windows 11 add network location

Click Choose a custom network location and then click Next.

windows 11 add network location

Enter the Samba access link. Then click Next.

windows 11 add network location

Give a name of this location. Click Next.

windows 11 add network location

Click Finish.

windows 11 add network location

If it need username and password, it will ask to enter the credential. Then click OK.

windows 11 add network location

You can access Samba by the Finder.

Open up the Finder and click Go -> Connect to Server on the menu. Copy & paste the Samba access link.

network storage, mac os finder connect to server

It will ask for the username and password, the username is when you setup Shared Folder Settings.

If you set up anonymous access, please choose Guest in the image below.

network storage, mac os finder connect to server username password

Click Continue, it will show the Samba on the sidebar of Finder.

network storage, mac os finder samba connected

There are many Android apps that support Samba, here is an example of Cx File Explorer.

At the home page, click NETWORK.

cx file explorer home page

Click New Location.

cx file explorer home page

Click SMB.

cx file explorer home page

Input the Host, Username, Password. If is Anonymous Access, please check the Anonymous.

cx file explorer home page

iOS Files app support Samba, or you can use other apps, for example Documents.

The next section describes how to connect to Samba using Files app and Documents app respectively.

  • Guide of connect to Samba server by Files app.

    Open the Files app. It's installed by default so you should find it on your home screen. As Files is now a removable app, you might need to reinstall it from the App Store if it doesn’t show up.

    search files on iphone

    Make sure you're on the Browse tab at the bottom of the screen. Tap the "…" (three dots) icon in the top-right to display the app's context menu.

    ios files set up SMB

    Tap the Connect to Server option near the top of the menu. On the next screen, enter your server's connection url. You can find the url in Shared Link. Tap the Next button in the top-right to continue.

    ios files set up SMB

    The following screen lets you enter authentication credentials if you'll be connecting to a protected network share. Tap Registered User and fill out the Name and Password fields with your Samba username and password. You can tap "Guest" instead if you enable the Anonymous Access.

    ios files set up SMB

    Press the Next button in the top-right to complete the connection. Your iOS device should successfully connect to the server and display a list of available shares.

    ios files set up SMB

    The Samba share will be listed at the bottom of menu, underneath the Shared heading.

    ios files set up SMB

  • Guide of connect to Samba server by Documents app.

    Note: Documents doesn't support anonymous access.

    Click the plus button in the lower right corner.

    documents samba

    Click Add Connection.

    documents samba

    Click Windows SMB.

    documents samba

    The Title is for a name of this connection. URL is the access link. Login is the username.

    Click Done button to complete this setup.

    documents samba

WebDAV Client

There is a lot of software that supports WebDAV, for example RaiDrive, Cyberduck, WinSCP.

Here is an example of RaiDrive.

Click Add.

RaiDrive WebDAV

In the Storage area, click NAS -> WebDAV.

In the Address area, check/uncheck the checkbox near Address to switch https/http, enter the address.

In the Account area, enter username and password, or check the Anonymous.

Finally, click Connect, it will add a X drive in the File Explorer.

RaiDrive WebDAV

There is a lot of app that supports WebDAV, for example FE File Explorer, Cyberduck.

Here is an example of FE File Explorer.

Click Add button.

FE File Explorer WebDAV

Select WebDAV.

FE File Explorer WebDAV

Enter connection settings. If is anonymous access, just leave User Name and Password empty. Then clidk Save & Connect.

FE File Explorer WebDAV

It may has a warning says The following secure server (null) uses an untrusted certificate. Trust this server?, that is because it use self signed certificate, please trust it.

There are many iOS apps that support WebDAV, here is an example of Cx File Explorer.

At the home page, click NETWORK.

cx file explorer home page

Click New Location.

cx file explorer home page

Click WebDAV.

cx file explorer home page

Input the Host, Username, Password. If is Anonymous Access, please check the Anonymous.

cx file explorer home page

There are many iOS apps that support WebDAV, here is an example of Documents.

Note: Documents doesn't support anonymous access.

Click the plus button in the lower right corner.

documents WebDAV

Click Add Connection.

documents WebDAV

Click WebDAV Server.

documents WebDAV

The Title is for a name of this connection. URL is the access link. Login is the username.

Click Done button to complete this setup.

documents WebDAV

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