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Orbi USB port - possible solution?


Orbi USB port - possible solution?

Hello all,


I've just read the posts about the USB port being no use whatsoever on the Orbi. Wish I'd known before I purchased, but very happy with the range on the Orbi, so all is not lost.


I'm not an expert, so wondered if this would be a solution to connecting the external hard drive to the Orbi via USB. Would a USB to Ethernet adaptor work? In theory I could plug my USB lead from my HD into the adaptor, then into an Ethernet port on the Orbi - and all solved? But before I went out and purchased one, wanted to know if anybody knew if this was a solution.



Model: Orbi High-Performance AC3000 Tri-Band WiFi System (RBK50)
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Re: Orbi USB port - possible solution?

I don't think that would work at all.  A USB-to-Ethernet adapter (at least the one I have) is designed to provide an Ethernet port to a computer that has a USB host port.  Your USB hard drive is not a computer and it has a USB slave port, not a USB host port, so you cannot plug such an adapter into it.


You could buy a cheap Raspberry Pi and turn it into a simple file server, and use that as your "usb to Ethernet" convertor.


Something like this: https://www.howtogeek.com/139433/how-to-turn-a-raspberry-pi-into-a-low-power-network-storage-device/

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Re: Orbi USB port - possible solution?

it has been mentioned on this community forum that there is a beta fw doing the rounds that has the usb working , it should be seen in future fw pushes so keep an eye out  for the orbi auto updating 

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