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Wannabe Geek


Topic # 30921 25-Feb-2009 20:31
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I'm posting this here as it seems to be the place where a lot of WRP400 questions have been asked and answered -- apologies if it's not the correct place.

Does anyone know what the deal is with the USB port on the Linksys WRP400? The user manual says it is "reserved for future use via firmware upgrade".

I have attempted a live chat and 2 phone calls with Linksys tech support, and the impression I've been given is that it is possible to connect USB hard or flash drives. However, the last person I spoke to seemed confused I didn't have a "storage" option in the router admin pages (an option I subsequently discovered exists in routers like the WRT350n, but is not in either the 1.00.04c or 1.00.06 versions of the firmware I've tried). So far tech support has been rather painful.

And I've been unable to find any information on the web, other than that the WRP400 is pretty locked down...

Therefore I'm hoping somebody can provide any information on either: 1) if the USB port is able to accept storage devices, how do you manage the process; or 2) if the USB port is not currently activated, is there any word on when this is likely to happen (if at all), and what the purpose of it will be (eg printers, storage)?

Any help would be appreciated :)

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Wannabe Geek


  Reply # 198205 26-Feb-2009 12:15
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Okay, have the answer to my question thanks to one of Cisco's product salespeople.   The USB port is not currently active. A future firmware upgrade (version 2) will enable the USB port to be used with a mobile broadband modem. The person who I spoke to said they were not aware of any plans to support storage devices at this time.   I was also directed to the following product spec page (which differs from the specs elsewhere, such as the linksysbycisco.com site, in that it explicitly mentions the use of a USB modem): http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/voicesw/ps6790/gatecont/ps10024/ps10028/data_sheet_c78-502141.html.

"When on the road, take the Cisco WRP400 along with you to remote locations and share your mobile broadband network connection with your colleagues using a compatible USB broadband modem. At the office, the mobile broadband network can be configured on the Cisco WRP400 as an auto-failover and recovery connection if the Ethernet WAN port loses Internet connectivity."

So the tech support people I earlier spoke with were a little misinformed... Shame that the port's not going to be for printers/storage, but it's still a good little router.

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