View Full Version : USB connector on router

22-06-2010, 02:13 PM
My Dynalink RTA770 router has 4 RJ-45 ethernet connectors all in use, plus a USB type B jack (squareish with 2 bevelled corners.) What might I use that for?

22-06-2010, 02:16 PM
That's normally used for connecting a computer that lacks a network card. In most cases, ethernet is a better choice.

22-06-2010, 02:24 PM
This user guide says it is able to be used as a connection.
However I note that it only lists a driver for Windows ME, 2000 and XP
I don't know if it will work with Vista or 7


22-06-2010, 02:27 PM
Some routers also have a USB port for attaching A printer - But the router has to be capable of acting as a print server as well.

22-06-2010, 02:27 PM
OK, thanks. I didn't have a use in mind - just suddenly wondered what it was for...

22-06-2010, 02:39 PM
we use it for connecting the net to our main pc. the ethernet cable connects to our apple wireless router thingy that sends the wireless network. the wireless thing does have imput for the usb but i wanted the ethernet plugged in as i wanted the best connection. dad hasent noticed any difference using the usb cord

22-06-2010, 03:56 PM
I dug out a spare USB cable and connected the PC and the router. Windows 7 immediately recognized it and tried to install a driver, but not surprsingly, couldn't find one. As I said, merely an interesting question - now answered.

22-06-2010, 04:25 PM
Driver here, Tony.
(as I said, I don't know if it is compatible with 7)

22-06-2010, 04:46 PM
is it possible to connect a external HD? just curious :)

22-06-2010, 04:56 PM
I don't think so.

Manual here

22-06-2010, 05:24 PM
is it possible to connect a external HD? just curious :)

on higher end devices, it can be used like this to create a NAS