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TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND Mount with USB Flash Drive

The more packages you install on your OpenWRT, the more space you need. It's useful to extend the storage capacity of your USB enabled OpenWRT router.
This article explain how to use a flash drive as a storage installing in TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND router. It is assumed that the router is flashed with OpenWRT. See this article if you haven't upgrade firmware to Openwrt.
The flash drive must be formatted as Ext-3 file system before it can work together with OpenWRT. MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition is a greate tool use to format flash drive under Ms Windows. 
  • Download & install MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition
  • Plug-in flash drive to computer
  • Run MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition
  • Follow the step as shown in figure below to format the flash drive

 MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition

MiniTool Partition Wizard Home format partion 


Install USB Modules

SSH to router and install necessary modules for USB as follow:

opkg update
opkg install kmod-fs-ext3
opkg install kmod-usb-storage
opkg install block-mount
opkg install block-hotplug


  • Remove flash drive from computer and plug it to the router
  • Use blkid to list all what is available
  • If you see the similar screen as below. Congratulation your flash drive is ready to use.

 List Available Device


Mount the Flash Drive

  • Login to OpentWRT after install all the required module
  • Follow figure below to enable the mount point. Follow figure below to enable the mount point. 
  • Reboot the routerdsfd

Openwrt Mount Points


Login to router again. You will notice that the USB flash drive is mounted as /home as shown in figure below.

Mount Point for USB Flash Drive

use blkid to list all what is avaiable:

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