We can add a shared network drive to this router (and perhaps others) by plugging an external drive into the usb port, and setting it up in the options.
However, it currently ONLY supports the SMB1 protocol. This is disabled by default in the next update for Windows, and already disabled by default for users in the 'windows insider' program. This is because of ransomware viruses exploiting the SBM1 protocol and it is a security update.
In order to access the shared drive on Windows, we have to access the administrative settings in the 'Windows Features', which is not something we should have to do. We should not have to override our security settings in order to run a vulnerable, extremely out of date! file sharing protocol.
You CAN also use SMB2 or SMB3 protocols. Currently, the shared network drive is ONLY accessible through SMB1! I don't know if it is a licensing issue with Microsoft, but the current situation is going to be a disaster once the update rolls out to regular users.
For more information, see, e.g., http://thehackernews.com/2017/06/windows-10-redstone3-smb.html or other things from google.
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Pretty sure the USB port on the Actiontec still only allows FAT32 formatted drives. There are better options for those wanting network drives or NAS.
It works with NTFS now, actually. I think TELUS is actively working on it, as the shared drive functionality came in a firmware update and so did NTFS support. What I am saying, is that it will soon require tweaking administrative settings to even connect, after they reach an error saying that the network share only uses SMB1 and is not supported. Then they have to google it, read about ransomware and viruses, and then enable it anyway. At the very least, people are going to get frustrated.
And yeah, there may be better options, but those require purchasing and setting up another product. Some people just want to use an external drive they have for shared files, media, backups, whatever, to the network, without dedicating a specific computer or buying another device just to host it
Is there a proper way to convey this information to the person who is in charge of the TELUS router firmware? How can I confirm that this information was passed forward to the appropriate people? It looks like it will just die away in this forum, without the information reaching the people who would want to know it