How to connect your USB Drive to your EE Smart Hub home router.
I wanted to USB an old Western Digital Password 2GB USB drive as a NAS for my home network.
I was too lazy to plugin it every time I need to backup my laptop, and I was intrigued about the USB port on the back of the EE Smart Hub.
I was not expecting this to be as difficult as it turned out to be.
When I plugged the USB drive into the EE Smart Hub, I hoped that my MacBook would find it using Bonjour, and I could then use it as a Time Machine backup destination.
To make a long and somewhat tedious story short, it took me about two months to work out using the USB Passport drive as a makeshift NAS.
Searching the EE website, there have been some enquires from EE support staff and members on the blog; many are marked solved but do not provide the correct information on how to get the EE Smart Hub port to serve the USB device on the local network.
Here is my quick guide for using your EE Smart Hub with a portable USB Drive and make it available on your lan to use as a centralised storage for Carbon Copy backup or Time Machine.
(I am a Mac user, so I have provided my solution for Mac. If you would like to see a Windows 10 guide, leave a comment and let me know).
Assume that your EE Smart Hub is working and providing your network.
1) Plug the USB into the usb1.
2) From a computer connected to the lan, you can find your local IP address.
- There are serval ways to get your local IP address on a Mac Computer.
Apple Logo -> About this Mac -> System Report -> Network. You can then find the local IP address on this page in the network details.
3) Take the first two sets of numbers. The numbers are those separated by dots (.). (This is called the first two octets in computer speak) then add 1.1 to the end ().
For the example shown, I would use 192.168.1.1.
4) Add /usb1 to give you a web url address (local URL) 192.168.1.1/usb1. We have created a URL that points to the USB drive connected to the EE Smart hub on your local network.
5) Now, we add something called the protocol to the beginning of our new URL. (You are likely used to seeing protocols in web addresses in the form https://www.). For accessing disk drives, the protocol is called smbfs://. So we type smb at the beginning of the connection string.Now we have a local URL that looks like smbfs://192.168.1.1/usb1
6) There is a hidden username for the EE Smart hub that we also need to add to allow us to connect to the USB drive. This hidden username is GUEST. We add the user account to our connection string like this. - smb://GUEST:@192.168.1.254/usb1
7) Open Finder, type CMD K and paste your connection string into the text box.
Paste in the connection string you just created and click the + button to add the connection string to favourites.
8) Now you can click the connect button. Now you can see your network USB drive in the finder.