The N+ Router and Modem-Router feature a
USB A port on the back to connect a USB storage device. The storage
is automatically shared over the network using the SMB protocol used
in Windows Networking. Storage supports the FAT, FAT32 and NTFS file
systems on drives to 1 TB in size. You can connect more than one
Storage Device by using a USB Hub, preferably a self-powered one.
The Router and Modem-Router come with
optional Storage Manager software for Windows and Mac OS. Storage
Manager makes it easier to connect to and disconnect from storage
devices. It is not needed to use the storage, you can use Windows
Explorer or the network browsers on MacOS, Linux and other Operating
Systems that support SMB.
Using the Storage Device without
using the software
You can use the Storage Device without
installing additional software. In Windows, simply open
\\192.168.2.1 in any Explorer
Window (or use Start, Run \\192.168.2.1). The storage device will
appear and you can access it.
The downside to accessing the device
this way on Windows is that there is no way to properly disconnect
from the drive (making sure all disk caches are flushed etc.) when
you are about to remove it. For that reason it is recommended to
install Storage Manager on all Windows machines connecting to the
To use the Storage on Mac OS, just
browse the network, locate your N+ router there and open it to see
the attached Storage Devices:
When you have opened the actual Storage
Device on Mac OS, an Eject icon will show in the left column
allowing you to safely disconnect the Mac from the device:
The fact that the storage can be used
without software allows you to access it from Operating Systems for
which there is no Storage Manager, such as Linux. You can just
opening smb://192.168.2.1 in most modern file managers like
Konquerer or Nautilus.
Belkin Storage Manager for Windows
Storage Manager for Windows is a small
and straight-forward application. It has two major functions: it
will detect when a Storage Device is connected to your router and
map a driver letter for it, and it will allow you to safely
disconnect the Storage Device.
Storage Manager will start automatically
when Windows starts and it will show as an icon in your System Tray.
Once it detects that a Storage Device is connected to the router, it
will assign the device a Drive Letter. The device will subsequently
be available as a network drive in My Computer.
The Context Menu of Storage Manager for
Windows allows you to safely disconnect the Storage Device and to
shut down Storage Manager itself.
The Installer will create a folder Belkin with subfolder Storage
Manager in the Start Menu. This contains two items: Launch Storage
Manager (in case you had shut it down) and Uninstall Storage
Belkin Storage Manager for Mac OS
Storage Manager for MacOS installs
itself in the "Other" section of the OS X System Preferences.
When you click it there, it will show the Configuration Panel where
you can start and stop Storage Manger; tell it to automatically
start when you login to the Mac and whether or not it should
automatically connect to disks when they are detected.
The Storage Manager Icon in the Menu Bar
is shown on the left. When you click it, comes up with a menu the
actions on which depend on whether a device is connected.
When a Device is connected and mounted,
the menu will allow you to show it (open a browser window) when it
is not mounted, it will offer you to do so. "Mounting" the device is
the equivalent of assigning it a drive letter in Windows.
The other options in the menu are to
open the configuration panel, the about dialog, a short help and to
stop Storage Manager.
There is no option in the menu to
unmount a device. This has to be done using the Eject button in the
browser window (see below).
Unfortunately, when you use Mac Storage
Manager to connect to a device, it will show the router in the
browser by its IP address, where the built-in networking MacOS will
show it by its name. This makes the router appear twice which may be
confusing. You can use the Eject button next to the IP address or
name to disconnect from the device.