Setting Up An Ftp Server On An Asus Router
There are already many models of ASUS routers with USB connectors. I have an ASUS RT-N18U router, so it has two USBs (one of which is USB 3.0). The main purpose is to connect 3G / 4G modems, USB drives and printers. I already wrote a separate article in which I explained why we need a USB connector on ASUS routers. Also, there is already an instruction on setting up file sharing on a USB flash drive, or an external HDD via a Wi-Fi router, see here. But, in it I wrote about setting up regular network sharing, and about setting up a DLNA server. Today we’ll look at setting up an FTP server.
It will be possible to connect to it both from computers and from mobile devices on Android. Consider configuring FTP connection as a standard tool in Windows 10 (the process itself is practically no different from Windows 7) As a result, we will have a router with a connected drive, to which we will have access from any device that is connected to this router.
This is very convenient if you often exchange files between devices on your local network. And if necessary, it will be possible to create accounts with different access rights.
Sharing a drive via FTP via ASUS Wi-Fi router
We take our USB flash drive, or external HDD, and connect it to the router in a USB connector. If there is already information on the drive, then it will not be lost. But, if there are any important documents, it is better to copy them to a computer. After connecting, it is advisable to restart the router.
Next, on the computer that is connected to the router, launch any browser, and go to the address 192.168.1.1. The login page will appear. Enter your username and password. If you did not change them, then the factory admin and admin. Or, see the detailed instructions on how to access 192.168.1.1 in ASUS routers.
Immediately on the main page, where there is a network map, you should see information about the connected drive.
In the settings, go to the tab "USB application", and choose "File / Media Server".
On a new page, immediately open the tab "FTP Share"and vice versa "Enable FTP" put the switch in position ON. A message appears stating that the drive is sharing. Push Ok.
That’s all, the server is already working, and you can connect to it from your computer, or mobile devices. Now I will show how to do it. But, before that, we will find out some points with shared access, and accounts for connecting to FTP.
As soon as we started the server, it works with access by login and password. By default, one account is Admin. And this is the account of the router itself. That is, to connect to the FTP server, you will need to specify the username and password that you specified when entering the router settings. Factory admin and admin, and they can be changed on the tab "Administration" – "System".
And if you want to disable authorization by login and password, perform anonymous connection to the server, then opposite the item "Allow Anonymous Login" set the switch to ON.
But, then our drive will not be protected, and any client that is connected to the router will be able to connect to the server. I still advise against including anonymous login.
Access to the FTP server of the ASUS router from a computer
Server address, this is the network address of the router. If we go to the router settings on 192.168.1.1, then the FTP address will be like this: ftp://192.168.1.1/. We copy this address, go to Explorer (My computer), paste it into the address bar, and go to it by pressing Enter.
A username and password prompt should appear. If you have not enabled anonymous login. Enter the username and password, and gets to the drive that is connected to the router. You can type the following command in the address bar ftp: // admin: email@example.com/ (ftp: // username: firstname.lastname@example.org/)
Also, access can be obtained by typing this address in a browser, or through special FTP clients.
In order not to dial the address every time, you can create a connection to a network drive. How to do this in Windows 7, I wrote in the instructions for setting up an FTP server on a TP-LINK router. Below we look at the example of Windows 10. Although, everything is almost the same there.
Open "This computer"click on the tab "File", and choose "Map a network drive".
In the window that appears, click on the link "Connect to a site where you can store documents and images", and in the next window click on the button "Further".
Double click on the item "Choose a different network location". Enter the address of our FTP server in the field (most likely it is ftp://192.168.1.1/), and click "Further".
In the next field, enter the username under which we will go to the FTP server. I did not change it, therefore, I have admin. Push "Further". And one more field to fill out is the name for our folder. I just wrote "FTP ASUS". You can specify any name.
In the last window, click on the button "Done". And immediately the folder created by us should open. And most likely a password request from the FTP server will appear. Point it out. You can tick "Save password" (so that every time you do not enter it), and press the button "entrance".
And if we set everything correctly, then we will see our drive. More precisely, files if they are on it.
This folder will always be displayed in "My computer" (This computer)
Just open it, and immediately get access to the drive. We can watch files, delete them, create new ones (if you have administrator rights, or anonymous login)
This procedure can be done on all computers (if you have several). And to connect your Android-smartphone or tablet to FTP, use the file manager "ES Explorer". I wrote in more detail in the article: connecting to an FTP server from an Android smartphone or tablet.
Advanced account settings and FTP access
In the settings of the ASUS router, on the tab with the settings of the FTP server, it is possible to create additional users and assign them different access rights to different folders. Just click on the button "Add New Account".
Indicate the name of the account, and twice the password. Click on the button "Add".
To set access rights, first click on the account we created. Next, open the drive, and we can set access rights for each folder simply by setting the switches.
- NO – no access to the folder.
- R – read-only rights. Everyone who logs in with this account will be able to view files, but will not be able to change them.
- W – write permissions.
- R / W – full read and write permissions.
For an example, I set for the user "help-wifi" read-only rights for all folders on the drive.
Everything is done is very simple understandable. On TP-LINK routers, everything is much more complicated in this regard, on the old firmware. I think that in the new version they have already redone everything. You can easily configure access rights as needed. The administrator account always has full rights.