How to share files on your local network via your Internet box

Today, all Internet boxes have at least one USB port to which you can connect a USB key or an external hard drive/SSD. This can allow you to store files and share them easily on your local network. For example, you can store films, series or other multimedia content, then share them with all the devices on your local network (computer, smartphone, tablet, TV, etc.). In this article, we will see together how to share files on your local network using a storage device connected to your Internet box . Follow the leader !

Share files on your local network via your Internet box

1. Start by connecting your storage medium to your box. For example, you can connect a USB stick or an external hard drive.Note : depending on the model of your box, you may not be able to connect all types of USB key or external disk. Also, some boxes do not accept storage devices formatted in NTFS. To know all these details, refer to the manual of your Internet box.

2. Then, from your computer, you must first activate the SMB1 protocol. To do this, simultaneously press the Windows+ keys Ron your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.

3. Then type the command optionalfeaturesand validate by clicking on “ OK ” or press Entrée.

4. From the “ Windows Functionality ” window , check the box “ SMB 1.0/CIFS file sharing support ” and confirm with “ OK ”.

5. Once the feature is activated, you will be prompted to restart your PC. Do that and skip to step 6 of this tutorial.

6. Now open Windows File Explorer (keyboard shortcut WindowsE), then click on “ This PC ” in the left pane. Next, click on the “ Learn more ” menu (the three horizontal dots), then on “ Map network drive ”.

7. In the window that appears, assign a drive letter and in “Folder”, type the IP address corresponding to your Internet box (router). Generally, the default IP address is: 192.168.1.1

Then type \\192.168.1.1\ then click on the ” Browse ” button (see screenshot below).

8. Now click on the folder representing your storage medium, and confirm with ” OK ” to return to the connection window.

9. You may be prompted to enter your credentials to connect to the player. These are the same credentials as for logging into your router’s administration interface.

10. Finally, click on the “ Finish ” button.

11. Your storage media will then be automatically added to the list of disks in the left pane of File Explorer. Click on it to access its content.

✅ There you go, you can now access the content of your USB key or external drive that is connected to your Internet box from any computer, smartphone, tablet or TV connected to the same local network.

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SAKHRI Mohamed
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