I recently got the TM-AC1900 wi-fi Cellspot Router. I want to hook an external hard drive up to it that I can access from my computer and then use to create a paperless filing, system, store music, perform back-ups etc. If I plug the hard drive directly into the USB 2.0 port on my laptop, I can access the hard drive just fine. It shows up as an F: drive just like I am used to seeing it. However, if I plug the external drive into the USB 3.0 port on my router, it does not show up on my computer and I cannot figure out how to access it. I am running Windows 7 64 bit. I have never connected a hard drive via my router before, so I am not sure if I just don't have it connected correctly, if there are compatibility issues between the router and hard drive, or if I need to access the router through some other means. Apologies if this is a simple operation, but I am new to this. Don't know what it is supposed to look like when it is hooked up correctly, so I don't know where to start troubleshooting. Thanks for any guidance.
Best answer by Anonymous
There are some posts on this forum that discuss the details.
What I've found is that the USB 3.0 port understands USB 3.0 and the USB 2.0 port understands USB 1 & 2 and never the twain shall meet. YMMV. There is also a setting in the WiFi area that seems to turn the USB 3.0 port on and off. After you get the HD connected, you have to select a "USB Application" to apply to that port. I have a 3 TB USB 3.0 HD attached as both a SMB file share and as a DLNA media server. My Roku box sometimes has difficulty finding the DLNA server and doesn't always see newly added media files. The USB 2.0 port has a HP printer attached.