How to Set Up an External Hard Drive on a Belkin Router

Written by jedadiah casey
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Belkin routers, which feature a USB port, are designed to share an external hard drive with the rest of the network, effectively turning the router into a network attached storage, or NAS, device. NAS devices are similar to file servers in that they make storage space available over the network so that multiple computers can access the files simultaneously. Belkin routers share the hard drive over the network using the volume name of the hard drive. You can set-up an external hard drive on a Belkin router by naming the drive on a computer, then connecting it to the USB port on the router.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Connect the external hard drive to a computer's USB port, temporarily.

  2. 2

    Click the "Start" button in the lower-left corner of the screen, then click "Computer."

  3. 3

    Make a note of the volume name of the external hard drive. Optionally change the name by right-clicking on the external hard drive, then click "Rename."

  4. 4

    Disconnect the external hard drive from the computer.

  5. 5

    Connect the external hard drive to the USB port on the Belkin router.

  6. 6

    Press the Windows logo key and "R" simultaneously on the keyboard.

  7. 7

    Type two backslashes, the IP address of the router, another backslash and finally the volume name noted or set earlier. For example, type "\\ExternalHardDrive" without quotes.

  8. 8

    Press "Enter" to access the files on the shared external hard drive.

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