If you have a FRITZ!Box router, you have probably noticed that it comes with a USB Type-A 3.0 port, although some new generation models, such as the FRITZ!Box 7590 and the FRITZ!Box 7590 AX, which is compatible with the new Wi-Fi 6 standard, they have two USB Type-A 3.0 ports
I’m sure that our more advanced readers will have already taken advantage of the USB port on their router, but I’m also convinced that those with less experience they will not be entirely clear what exactly they can do with that connector. If you find yourself in that situation, don’t worry, because in this article we are going to tell you everything you need to know to make the most of it.
Before getting into the matter, keep in mind that not all routers include a USB portbut in the case of AVM even older models, like the FRITZ!Box 7390, come with these types of connectors (limited to the 2.0 standard in that case, understandably). To check if your router has a USB port, you just have to look at the back, since it should be next to the rest of the connectors.
Things you can do with the USB port of your FRITZ!Box router
Undoubtedly one of the most useful applications that this connector has is to charge the battery of connected devices, and in a broad sense since it is not limited to smartphones and tablets. We can use it for load pretty much anything to connect via USB. I understand that it may not be as useful in all cases, since this type of port is usually on the back of the router and it is not always easy to reach it, but it is one of its most interesting functions.
We can also use it to connect a storage unit and create our own cloud in a very simple way thank you. In the video that you will find just below these lines you can see all the options that this function offers when we use a FRITZ!Box router, and how we can activate the NAS function through the FRITZ!OS operating system interface, and the options of management. This is another of the most interesting functions that it offers.
We have already seen that, thanks to the USB port of our router, we can create our own cloud, use the NAS function and charge other devices, but this is not all, we also have the possibility to connect a printer and make it integrated throughout our network. It can be very useful especially if we have problems with your Wi-Fi coverage in certain areas. Through the USB port we can also transfer files and install updates, and even use 4G adapters to create a mobile network (keep in mind that its support may vary depending on the router).
It is clear that the USB connector incorporated in the FRITZ! Box routers from AVM can give a lot of play. Thanks to it we can enjoy a set of very interesting functions that they will make our life easier, and to which we can access in a very simple way, thanks to the intuitive and affordable interface that the FRITZ!OS operating system has.