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Other broadband queries

Does the USB port actually do anything?

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2: Seeker

Been with Vodafone Broadband for two days now, with the big black router.  I put a USB stick with some sample pics and music in the hole and the web interface sees the stick, though it's not clickable and nothing else apparently sees it. My iMac, in Network, offers 'vodafone\032broadb' but double-clicking it gives a failed connection. Linux laptop nada.

 

But yesterday I switched on my smart TV and went to select source so I could use my PS4 and there in the list is Vodafone. Hello, DLNA, I thought.  Went into it and the TV offered Music, Pictures and two other folders, forgotten now what they were, but they're just empty, certainly not what's on the stick.

 

So, the big question is: does the USB hole actually DO anything at all?  I mean, would a NAS be a total waste of time and money given that the USB hole seems not to be connected to anything?  Of course, the Voda guide on the web is either old, for a previous router, or just plain wrong.

 

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Hey @CallMeAlan, thanks for getting in touch. To use the USB sharing service, you'll need to turn on sharing in your router settings. Click the indicator next to "Share all" until the function is turned on.

Open a browser and go to \\vodafone.station then go to the required folder in the file system. Highlight a file and move or copy it to the required location. It's slightly different for a Mac too and these are only the instructions for using a computer, rather than a Smart TV for example. 

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Certainly.  Apart from the fact that (and apparently I'm not alone here) \\vodafone.station merely leads to a Google search.  Adding http: and/or changing the \\ to //, does the same. One of them gives Italian hits.

It's a Mac BTW.

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Rooting further through the forums I found the following.  Note it's as recent as a year ago:
 
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Although there is a USB port on the router. It is currently not supported.

Al

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Sorry for any confusion @CallMeAlan - I found the above information on our website device guides here. You could try contacting our Broadband Live Chat team, to see if they can shed any light on this. 

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Your 'here' appears to refer to some grey router, presumably some old or previous model, while I have what I believe to be the latest, an A5-sized black job.

 

As for your live chat team, a click reveals:

Hello, my name is TOBi, Vodafone's digital assistant.

We'll stress the word 'digital' there. Hmm, I'm sure he or she will be enormously helpful.  I bet that after 29 ridiculous questions it will merley advise me to dial 191, where numerous further questions will just point me to a worthless FAQ web page.  There is no human being in residence.

 

Frankly, I've given up on this fruitless and endless route. 

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