How to share a USB drive over your router’s network

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This tutorial will show you how to share the contents of a USB storage device over your ExpressVPN router network. You will need the latest version of the ExpressVPN app for routers for these steps to work. (Find out how to update your ExpressVPN router firmware.)

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For Linksys WRT1200AC, WRT1900AC(S), and WRT3200ACM
For Linksys EA6200


Share your USB drive for Linksys WRT1200AC, WRT1900AC(S), and WRT3200ACM

These steps will work for the following Linksys routers flashed with the latest ExpressVPN firmware: Linksys WRT1200AC, WRT1900AC(S), and WRT3200ACM.

Step 1: Insert your USB device into the USB port at the back of your router. (Note: For WRT3200ACM, the USB must be inserted into the blue USB 3.0 port.)

insert USB into OpenWRT router

Step 2: Log in to expressvpnrouter.com.

Step 3: Click System in the top navigation bar, then click Mount Points.

In the Mount Points list, there should be a new entry for the USB device.

If the Mount Points list is empty, reboot your router by clicking RebootPerform reboot. Your USB key should then appear in the Mount Points list.

Check Enabled and copy the Mount Point path to your clipboard. (In this example, our path is /mnt/sda1.)

Router mount points settings

Step 4: Go to Network Shares in the sidebar. Under “Shared Directories”, click Add.

add shared directories to network shares

Step 5: Enter a name for your directory, then paste the Mount Point path you copied from the “Mount Points” screen. Check Allow guests.

Click Save & Apply.

fill out shared directories info

Step 6: In the sidebar, click Reboot, then click Perform reboot.

reboot your router

Step 7: Access your shared USB drive on your computer. (After your router restarts, you may have to wait a minute or two for your USB drive to appear in your shared drives.)

If you are on a Mac and you still don’t see the shared drive, you can connect to the drive like this: Open a Finder window and select GoConnect to Server. Enter 192.168.42.1 as the server address and click Connect.

Shared OpenWRT USB drive appears

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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Share your USB drive for Linksys EA6200

This tutorial will work for the Linksys EA6200 router flashed with the latest ExpressVPN firmware.

Step 1: Insert the USB device into the USB port at the back of your router.

Insert USB into DD-WRT router

Step 2: Log in to expressvpnrouter.com.

Step 3: Select Services from the top navigation bar, then select USB from the sidebar.

Click Enable next to Automatic Drive Mount.

automatic drive mount

Click Apply Settings.

apply settings

Step 4: From the sidebar, click NAS.

Enable Samba, then enter any server string and workgroup.

Under “File Sharing” > “Shares” set the following:

Path: /mnt/sdaX
Subdir: <any>
Name: <any>
Check the box for Public

Click Apply Settings.

set up NAS file sharing

Step 5: Access your shared USB drive on your computer. (After your router restarts, you may have to wait a minute or two for your USB drive to appear.)

If you are on a Mac and you still don’t see the shared drive, you can connect to the drive like this: Open a Finder window and select Go > Connect to Server. Enter 192.168.42.1 as the server address and click Connect.

Shared DD-WRT USB drive appears

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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