USB Hub on Linksys WRT3200ACM and OpenWRT

Just for sh!ts and giggles, I connected a USB hub to the USB3 port on my Linksys WRT3200ACM router running OpenWRT to see what would happen. Hey, I live on the edge.

Somewhat surprisingly, it works. LuCI couldn’t see the new drive; but I was able to initialize, partition, and format an 8TB Seagate Exos drive in the shell, after which it was available for use as a shared drive in LuCI. That’s in addition to the existing 4TB Seagate IronWolf drive.

So now I have 12TB of storage coming off the router, which I use for backups of backups as well as easily-replaced stuff like downloads that I want to make available across the LAN.

Anything actually important that’s not in itself a backup of a backup is backed up to B2 using GoodSync, thus also making it available remotely on my laptop using Mountain Duck in addition to backupping it.

I decided to try that as opposed to buying another Tiny PC to use as a NAS controller, and saved a couple hundred bucks in the process.

Life is good.


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OpenWRT is damn powerful. :slight_smile:
I thought about getting a router which is able to run it (with the specs and features I need) to test around with it because I heared a lot positive stuff about it.
Quite funny that a router in this case saved you a lot of money by doing something which a normal person wouldn’t dream of (doing that with a router). :rofl: :smiley:

I like the WRT3200ACM for OpenWRT so much that I recently bought a spare. Which reminds me, I have to take it out of the box and test it while the return window is still open. I’ll probably pre-configure it, as well.

There also are a lot of mini-PC’s made by companies like Qotom that can run OpenWRT, and some builds specifically designed for those kind of boxes. I have no experience with any of them.

I had serious doubts about the router’s ability to handle both drives; but the first task was copying about 1.7TB of data from the 4TB drive to the new 8TB drive, and I got peak transfer rates of ~ 150MB/s. Not too shabby for USB.


Some people’s NAS are worse than that. :joy:
Also taking into account, its based on a router with USB attached drives, then thats pretty good. :slight_smile:

Yeah, I’m happy with it. Like I said, I have another still in the box as a spare.

It’s also really easy to migrate from one to the other. It takes about ten minutes. I’ve just been to busy with other stuff lately. It’ll get done.