Windows network (shared access to files and printers)

In your Keenetic device, you can share USB drives and printers with Windows computers. Keenetic Operating System supports SMB/CIFS protocols (SMB v1/2/3).

In order for the Windows network server to work on your Keenetic, the 'File and printer Sharing (SMB/CIFS protocol)' system component must be installed. You can do this on the 'General system settings' page in the 'Updates and component options' section by clicking on 'Component options'.

To configure the server, go to the 'Applications' page. Here you will see the 'Windows network' panel. By default, the 'Windows network' server is enabled. Click on the 'Windows network' link.

In the 'Basic settings' section of the appeared window , the 'Auto-mount new USB drives' option is enabled by default. This means that a newly plugged-in drive will be automatically added to the system.

In the 'Server name' field, you can change the name that will be used to identify your Keenetic in the local network (NetBIOS name). If you want your Keenetic to be visible in a Network environment, you must specify the name of the group in which all other computers on your home network are located in the 'Workgroup' field. 

Add folders which you want to sharew with other users in the 'Add shared resource' field. For more information about how to set up a folder share, see 'Connecting a USB drive'.

'Anonymous access' option is enabled by default in the 'Users' section. Access to the file server from computers and mobile devices running Android, Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X, and iOS is open to all users of the home network without authorization. You can change this policy and add the 'Folder permission control' component to your Keenetic's operating system to separate user access to folders. You will find more information in this article: 'Folder permission control on a USB drive'.

 

Now the configuration of Keenetic is completed. 

Now home network users will be able to share USB-drives and printers (with 'CIFS' connection type). You can use the local IP address of your Keenetic (by default it's \\192.168.1.1) or its NetBIOS name (the name specified in the 'Server name' field) for access.

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