The Dovado PRO AC (or the previous models PRO and 4GR) allows you to insert and share a USB hard drive, flash drive or MicroSD card* to act as a centralized storage server for any kind of files within your network.
As the NAS communication shares the bandwidth through the USB interface with your USB modem, the Dovado PRO has been programmed to place higher priority on Internet traffic (via USB modem) than on transfer rates to/from the NAS. Also note that the NAS functionality only supports drives that are formatted with NTFS or FAT32.
*MicroSD cards are supported by most USB modems in combination with the DOVADO PRO.
SMB (Server Message Block):
This is your typical network share which can be accessed by all operating systems (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc). It allows you to map a network drive on your computer, and then use it just as if it were a drive connected directly to your computer.
With the DOVADO PRO, the transfer rate is up to 180Mbps depending on write/read and NTFS/FAT32 file format.
FTP (File Transfer Protocol):
his optional method is quite practical for several reasons. It allows certain network devices (other than your regular desktop/notebook computers) to dump/fetch files from the storage server in a more simplified manner. In many cases with Ethernet-based security cameras, the video/photo images are typically uploaded to an FTP server.
Transfer rates tend to be somewhat higher with FTP than with the SMB protocol.
How to configure your SMB network shares and FTP server:
Step 1) Identifying the inserted USB storage media and providing it a share name.
Step 2) Adding the share and verifying its availability.
Step 3) Use the existing "admin" account or create a new one (optional) in order to access the share.
Step 4a) Configuring the SMB share.
Step 4b) Configuring the FTP server.
Step 5) Restart the router in order to initialize all changes.
How to add a SMB network share to your computer(s)
Step 1) Right click your "My Computer" icon and select "Map network drive..."
Step 2) Type in the address of the share in this format: \\Router's IP address\Share Name (see example below)
Step 3) Once successfully added, you will have a network share in your Windows Explorer mapped as a lettered drive, displaying its contents (if any available to begin with).