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Using the Home Storage function of the HG556a wireless router

The Vodafone HG556a modem/router supports a home storage function. Portable storage devices, such as USB flash drives and portable hard disks, can be connected to any/all of the USB ports on the modem. If your portable storage device is a card reader, insert the storage card (for example CF, SD, and MMC card) in the card reader, and then connect the card reader to one of the USB interfaces of the router.

Storage devices that are formatted with the FAT32 file system support both read and write access when connected to the router so you will be able to read, copy, edit files and also delete files. However, storage devices that are formatted with the NTFS file system only support read access, so you cannot transfer, copy, edit or delete files to/from the disk, you will only be able to read the files already stored there.

For Windows users there are three different methods to access the files stored on a portable device, you can choose from mapping a network drive, via Samba or via FTP.

Click here to download a PDF with instructions for utilising the Home Storage Function using Windows....

Click here for a video tutorial which shows how to map a network using Windows XP.

Windows 7 users can click here for a video tutorial on how to map a network drive.


If you use the Apple Mac operating system , then it is not currently possible to use Finder to "Connect to Server..." in order to map the network drive.

However you can use an FTP client to access the files stored on the USB devices attached to your HG556a router.

Click here to download instructions for utilising the Home Storage Function using Mac OS X via FTP.
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