Most Popular Routers with USB Port
Wireless Router with USB port that supports Printer Server is an added value to your home network. Which are most popular ones?
Sharing the printer
One of the advantages of the home computer network is ability to access the printer through the network by all connected users on the network. With print server you can share the printer on the network; all users do not need to wait their turn to use the printer. You just send the print jobs and the system will queue the jobs accordingly and automatically.
Share via computer
Sharing the printer traditionally can be done by connecting the printer to the computer and configure it for sharing in a peer to peer network or even in small business network. However, with a bunch of printer jobs submitted to the printer queues the computer can be hung. This can happened since it takes some of the computer memory for buffering and the computer must be always ON.
Connect to a wireless printer server
Another way you can use a printer server adapter and connect it to the network to host the printer for share. You can find printer server adapter with one or more ports, for example TRENDnet P21G wireless printer server with multiport.
Via wireless router with printer server
A reasonable way for sharing the printer at home is purchasing a wireless router that includes one or two USB ports. However, you should be aware that not all the routers with USB port can be used to share a printer but the storage. Fortunately, the recent products with USB port mostly can host a printer. Old generations of Netgear router with USB port cannot be used to share the printer, but starting WNDR3800 all the Netgear routers with USB port can.
Routers with two USB ports
Wireless router with one USB port that allows you to share either the printer or storage, you will feel a bit troublesome if you have to replace the device from the printer to the storage or vice versa. It is therefore selecting a wireless router with two USB ports is preference to let you host both storage and printer devices together.
Various models of router with USB port
Since the router with two USB ports is preference for home or small offices, with USB port is also appropriate. There are couples of most popular routers with printer server or storage are discussed in the following paragraphs.
Various models of wireless ac routers introduced by Asus ranging from standard router such as Asus RT-ACRH13, Asus RT-ACRH17 and up to high performance Asus AC86U AiMesh whole home wifi system or Asus AC5400 router. In addition, Asus also introduces few models of mesh wifi routers including Asus Lyra trio mesh wifi router.
Now, for standard usage of internet activities including social media, email, video streaming and even online gaming is also appropriate – Asus RT-ACRH17 is a best value wireless router with USB port for storage or printer sharing.
- Dual band wireless ac1700 router with latest 802.11ac MU-MIMO (4T4R) technology
- Wifi speeds up to 1300Mbps @5Ghz and up to 400Mbps @2.4Ghz
- 4pcs external antennas with AiRadar beamforming technology
- 4x Gigabit LAN; 1xGigabit WAN and 1x USB 3.0 port
- Powered by Quad core processor with 128MB Flash and 256MB RAM
- Network management with Asus router app
Asus RT-ACRH17 is ideal for small to medium size houses and is affordable, tagged under $100 (around $90.00) in the market.
Should you want to build high speed wireless ac environment – a wifi network based on the wifi ac technology, you may consider Netgear R7000 which comes with two USB ports, 1x USB 2.0 port and 1x USB 3.0 port.
This is very popular model offered by Netgear in wireless ac1900 technology, the first generation of wireless ac routers offered by Netgear before coming new generations of mesh wifi system.
The inclusion of USB 3.0 port like Asus RT-ACRH17 discussed above is beneficial should you host high speed USB 3.0 storage, ten times higher data rate throughput than USB 2.0 port can deliver. This is ideal for applications that demand high bandwidth data rate such as for transferring bulk of files, and good for high speed share storage in Windows networking where storage traffic is always a bottleneck. You can attach one USB printer in USB 2.0 port and high speed USB 3.0 disk storage in the other port.
- Based on wireless ac1900 with high speed 1GHz dual core processor
- High speeds of up to 1300Mbps (5GHz band) plus up to 600Mbps (2.4GHz band) with beamforming antenna technology for solid connection
- Gigabit interfaces both LAN (4x) and WAN (1x)
- Twin USB port, 1x USB 2.0 plus 1x USB 3.0, supports DLNA media server and FTP server
- Eco friendly with power and wifi on-off buttons
- Time machine support for automatic backup Mac machines via wireless
This router becomes one of best sellers in some online retailers for some period of time with high rated customer ratings. However, today when you require more recent products you may also consider the mesh wifi router such as Netgear Orbi. Linksys Velop or Google mesh wifi system.
For users that prefer wireless AC Gateway – a wifi router with built-in DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem you may consider Arris Surfboard SBG7400ac2 wifi ac1900 DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem.