why does my router have usb

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  1. nukeboy95
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    nukeboy95 Leave luck to heaven.

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    i got a new router a few days ago and it has 2 usb 3.0 slots in it why?
     
  2. raulpica

    raulpica With your drill, thrust to the sky!

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    Media sharing capabilities. You can stick an USB pendrive or an HD and you can stream its content to the entire network.

    Should also work with an USB printer, too.
     
  3. KiiWii

    KiiWii GBAtemp Psycho!

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    Read the instructions?
     
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    Clydefrosch GBAtemp Psycho!

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    its for printer and storage. i use a usb stick in mine to send documents that need printing from my laptop to the pc with the printer
     
  5. Originality

    Originality Chibi-neko

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    Some routers support webcams too.

    And some routers need USB for firmware updates.

    But yeah, generally sharing printers and USB drives to the whole network.
     
  6. nukeboy95
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    thats cool
    usb 3.0 ports work with 2.0?
     
  7. sanoblue

    sanoblue The Fuzzy Blue Woof!

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    >.< usb is backwards compad.... always has been
     
  8. porkiewpyne

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    Yeap, backwards-compatible.
     
  9. marcus134

    marcus134 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    also, some router support torrent client
     
  10. SifJar

    SifJar Not a pirate

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    As said above, it can be used for sharing USB storage devices and printers over the network. Can also be used for charging any device that can charge via USB (e.g. most phones, MP3 players, iPods, etc.).

    Have also seen it used for exploiting routers to load custom firmware (e.g. DD-WRT), although that obviously isn't a "feature" as such and isn't the purpose for it being there. Just a nice added extra.

    In some cases, with the right firmware on the router (e.g. DD-WRT), you can even run a server on the router, using USB for storage. With port forwarding, you can have that server accessible externally, just like any other server. Seeing as a router is generally always switched on anyway, it's a relatively low (additional) power option if you're thinking of setting up a server for any reason.

    There are probably dozens of other uses, especially if you install a custom firmware such as DD-WRT (unless you specifically want some of those features though, it's probably not worth the hassle of installing DD-WRT).
     
  11. Pleng

    Pleng GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    Some also allow you to use a 3G dongle as a backup (or main) connection