USB Applications
This section shows you how to set up a cellular backup network, access shared folders and play files through Window Media using a USB device.
File Sharing
This section shows you how to create a shared folder on your Zyxel Device through a USB device and allow others to access the shared folder with File Sharing services.
Setting up File Sharing on Your Zyxel Device
1 Before enabling file sharing in the Zyxel Device, please set up your shared folders beforehand in your USB device.
2 Connect your USB device to the USB port of the Zyxel Device.
3 Go to the Network Setting > USB Service > File Sharing screen. Enable File Sharing Services and click Apply to activate the file sharing function. The Zyxel Device automatically adds your USB device to the Information table.
4 Click Add New Share to add a new share.
5 The Add New Share screen appears.
Select your USB device from the Volume drop-down list box.
Enter a Description name for the added share to identify the device.
Click Browse and the Browse Directory screen appears.
On the Browse Directory screen, select the folder that you want to add as a share. In this example, select BobShare and then click OK.
In Access Level, select Public to let the share to be accessed by all users connected to the Zyxel Device. Otherwise, select Security to let the share to be accessed by specific users to access only. Click OK to save the settings.
6 To set Access level to Security, you need to create one or more users accounts. Under Account Management, click Add New User to open the User Account screen.
7 After you create a new user account, the screen looks like the following.
8 File sharing is now configured. You can see the USB storage device listed in the table below.
Accessing Your Shared Files From a Computer
You can use Windows Explorer to access the USB storage devices connected to the Zyxel Device.
*This example shows you how to use Microsoft Windows 10 to browse shared files in a share called (usb1_sda)Zoeys file. Refer to your operating system’s documentation for how to browse your file structure.
1 Open Windows Explorer.
2 In the Windows Explorer’s address bar, enter a double backslash “\\” followed by the IP address of the Zyxel Device (the default IP address of the Zyxel Device is 192.168.1.1
3 Double-click on (usb1_sda)Zoeys file, and then enter the share's username and password if prompted.
4 After you access (usb1_sda)Zoeys file through your Zyxel Device, you do not have to log in again unless you restart your computer.
Media Server
Use the media server feature to play files on a computer or on your television.
This section shows you how the media server feature works using the following:
Microsoft (MS) Windows Media Player
Media Server works with Windows 10. Make sure your computer is able to play media files (music, videos and pictures).
A digital media adapter
You need to set up the media adapter to work with your television (TV).
Before you begin, connect the USB storage device containing the media files you want to play to the USB port of your Zyxel Device.
Configuring the Zyxel Device
To use your Zyxel Device as a media server, follow the steps below.
1 Go to the Network Setting > USB Service > Media Server screen.
2 Enable Media Server, and then select an interface on which you want to enable the media server function.
3 Enter the path clients use to access the media files on a USB storage device connected to the Zyxel Device, and click Apply.
This enables DLNA-compliant media clients to play the video, music and image files in your USB storage device.
Playing Media Using Windows Media Player on Windows 10
This section shows you how to play the media files on the USB storage device connected to your Zyxel Device using Windows Media Player.
1 Open Windows Media Player. It automatically detects the Zyxel Device.
2 If you cannot see the Zyxel Device in the left panel as shown above, go to Organize > Manage Libraries > Music > Add on the Windows Media Player Home screen. In the Windows Explorer’s address bar, enter \\192.168.1.1. The following screen appears. Select the folder containing the media you wish to upload to Windows Media Player, and then click Include Folder.
3 Select the shared folder, and then click Add to add it to your Media Library. Click OK to save the settings.
4 In the right panel, you can browse and play the files available in the USB storage device based on the category (Music, Video, Pictures, Recorded TV) you selected.
Using a Digital Media Player
This section shows you how you can use the Zyxel Device with a hardware digital media player to play media files stored in the USB storage device on your TV screen.
*For this tutorial, your digital media player is already connected to the TV.
1 Connect the digital media player to an available LAN port on your Zyxel Device.
2 Turn on the TV and wait for the digital media player Home screen to appear. Select the Zyxel Device as your media server.
3 The screen shows you the list of available media files in the USB storage device. Select the file you want to open and push the Play button on the remote control.
Using FTP
This section shows how to use an FTP program to access files on an USB storage device connected to the Zyxel Device.
*This example uses the FileZilla FTP program to browse your shared files.
1 In FileZilla, enter the IP address of the Zyxel Device (The default IP is 192.168.1.1), your account’s Username, Password and Port number, and then click Quickconnect. A screen asking for password authentication appears.
File Sharing via Windows Explorer
2 After you log in, the mnt folder is displayed as shown.