The USB 2.0 interface implemented in the WZR-D1800H router supports a number of applications. Connecting an external disk to implement NAS features is the most popular one. The router can work with multiple devices via a USB hub, but the supported file systems are limited to FAT32 and XFS. If necessary, the connected disk can be formatted via the router’s web-interface. In order to safely unplug a disk, you can press the button on the router’s case or use an appropriate menu option.
Disk data can be accessed via LAN using the standard Windows protocol (you can specify a network name and a workgroup name for that). Up to 16 user accounts can be created for access control. You just choose a network resource and manually specify the access rights for each user. The speed of accessing data via LAN isn’t high: up to 10.5 MB/s at reading and 8 to 8.5 MB/s at writing.
The WebAccess feature is used to access the connected disk from the internet. It is a simple browser-based file manager that allows you to upload, download, create and delete files and folders. HTTPS is supported for higher security. The access control mechanism applies here as well.
The connected disk can also be used to run a media server. The router supports all popular multimedia formats including JPG, MP3, AVI, MPEG and TS. If there are several disks connected to the router simultaneously, you can choose the one to use for the media server.
The integrated Torrent client can download files to a connected disk into a folder named “bittorrent”. You can specify the port number for the Torrent client to use and limit its downloading and seeding speeds. Download jobs can be managed via the router’s main web-interface. The client’s performance is rather low. It loads the router’s processors heavily, which may affect the router’s main applications.
Besides external disks, the WZR-D1800H can work with printers and all-in-ones (including the scanning feature). You just have to enable the Network-USB option and install appropriate software on your PC.
WLI-H4-D1300 Bridge: Setup and Functionality
The WLI-H4-D1300 can only work as a wireless bridge. The easiest way to set it up is enable WPS to connect to an existing wireless network. If you need to access the device’s web-interface, you will probably have to change its IP address first because the factory setting (18.104.22.168) is unlikely to work. You can do this (and enable the DHCP client too) by means of the software tool included with the bridge. The same tool can connect the bridge to a wireless network, so you don’t really have to access the web-interface for that.
The interface itself is similar to the router’s and the firmware is the same version even. There are fewer setup options, though. You can only set up the adapter’s IP address on the LAN. WPS or AOSS technologies can be used to connect to a wireless network or you can manually enter the name and key. An integrated network scanner is available. The additional settings include frequency band, signal power limitation, multicast support. The sections with system settings and diagnostic options coincide with those of the router’s web-interface.