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Charter WiFi Netgear ReadySHARE

Netgear WNDR3800 (Red Label)
Netgear WNDR4300 (Silver Label)

ReadySHARE makes it easy to access shared files on your network, to upload files remotely, and to share a network printer. This article provides information to help you setup and manage various ReadySHARE features.

NOTE: ReadySHARE is NOT available on the Netgear 6300 router at this time.



Router Login

  1. Launch a browser from a computer or wireless device that is connected to the router
  2. In the address bar type routerlogin.net or routerlogin.com and press Enter


The login window displays:

login window

  1. Enter your user name and password. Note: The user name and password is case sensitive

The default user name is: admin
The default password is: password

  1. Click the OK button

You will be taken to the router’s Home Screen

router home screen

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ReadySHARE USB Storage

The router allows you to access and configure a USB storage drive attached to your router. Be aware that the USB port on the router can be used only to connect USB storage devices like flash drives or hard drives. Do not connect computers, USB modems, CD drives, or DVD drives to the router USB port.

USB Drive Requirements

The router works with USB 1.0 and 1.1 (USB Full Speed) and USB 2.0 (USB High Speed) standards. The router DOES NOT work with the USB 3.0 (Super Speed) standard.

The router should work with most USB-compliant external flash and hard drives. For the most up-to-date list of USB drives supported by the router, go to http://kbserver.netgear.com/readyshare

The router supports both read and write access for FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, and Linux file systems (EXT2 and EXT3).

Note: Some USB external hard drives and flash drives require drivers to be loaded in to the PC before the PC can access the USB device. These USB devices WILL NOT work with the router.

Safely Remove a USB Device

  1. Log in to the router. Click here for instructions
  2. Click ReadySHARE
  3. Click the Basic radio button
  4. Click the Safely Remove USB Device button



After connecting a USB device to the router you can share the contents with other users on your network.

You can access your USB device on a Windows system in two ways:

  • On Windows systems, select Start > Run and enter \\readyshare in the dialog box. Click OK


  • Or Open Internet Explorer, and enter \\readyshare in the address bar


You can also access your USB device on a Mac (version 10.2 or later) in two ways:

  • Open a browser and enter smb://readyshare in the address bar


  • In My Network Places, enter \\readyshare in the address bar


Remote Access

To connect to the USB drive from remote computers with a Web browser, you have to use the router's Internet port IP address. You can view the router's Internet IP address from the dashboard on the Basic Home screen or the Advanced Home screen.

  • Connect to the router by typing ftp:// and the Internet port IP address in the address field of Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator. For example:

  • Type the account name and password that has access rights to the USB drive

Note: The user name (account name) for All – no password is guest

  • The directories of the USB drive that your account has access to are displayed. You can now read and copy files from the USB directory

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ReadySHARE Cloud

Using ReadySHARE Cloud, you can access shared content on a USB device connected to your router at any time, from anywhere. You can also invite friends and family members to access the shared contents on the USB device. To use ReadySHARE Cloud you must set up a ReadySHARE Cloud account and register your router.

ReadySHARE Cloud Account Setup

  1. Go to http://readyshare.netgear.com
  2. Click Join Now

readyshare cloud

  1. Enter the requested information

create account

  1. Read the agreement, and click the I accept. Create my account button. The following screen displays:

readyshare cloud

Register Router

  1. Log into the router. Click here for instructions
  2. Click ReadySHARE
  3. Click the ReadySHARE Cloud radio button
  4. Enter your  username and password
  5. Click Register


The following screen will display

how to setup readyshare


  1. From a device with a web browser go to http://readyshare.netgear.com
  2. Enter your ReadySHARE Cloud user name and password, and then click the Log in button
  3. The first time you log in, you are asked to install the ReadySHARE Cloud PC agent

Note: iOS and Android apps are available to download in their respective App stores


  1. Click Yes to download and install the ReadySHARE Cloud PC agent
  2. After you log in, a screen similar to the following displays. Registered routers are displayed in the left frame. When a router is highlighted, the shared USB device is in the frame on the right. By default, USB_Storage is the name that displays for all contents in the USB drive

USB Storage

  1. Click on the shared folder to open file explorer so that you can view the folder contents.


If you do not see the registered router, or cannot open its contents:

  •  Make sure the router is connected to the Internet
  • Verify the USB drive is plugged into the USB port on the router
  • Try to log out and log in again on http://readyshare.netgear.com

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ReadySHARE Printer

The ReadySHARE Printer feature allows you to share a printer that you connect to the USB port on your router. To use the ReadySHARE Printer feature you need to use the NETGEAR USB Control Center utility.


  1. Connect the USB printer to the router's USB port with a USB printer cable

connect USB printer

  1. Install the USB printer driver software on each computer that will share the printer
  2. Download the NETGEAR USB Control Center utility for Windows or Mac at www.netgear.com/landing/en-us/readyshare.aspx
  3. Install the USB Control Center Utility on each computer that will share the printer

Note: You must install this utility before you can use the ReadySHARE Printer feature

USB Control Center Utility

The USB Control Center Utility allows you to control a shared USB device from your computer that is connected to the USB port on the router. The utility allows you to control a printer, a scanner, or an audio speaker.

This utility must be installed on each computer on your network from which you want to control the device.

When you launch the USB Control Center Utility, a screen similar to the following displays:

USB Control Center

  • System – Exit the utility
  • Tools – Access the Control Center Configuration to set up your shared USB device
  • About – View details about the USB Control Center Utility

Control Center Configuration

Select Tools then Configuration to display the following screen:


  • Automatically execute when logging on Windows – Enable this utility to start automatically when you are logged in to Windows
  • Timeout – Specify the timeout value for holding the USB resource when it is not in use
  • Language – Select the display language for this utility


The first time you use a printer, you need to click Connect. You might be asked to install the driver for this printer. After the driver is installed, the printer status changes to Available.

Note: Some USB printers, HP and Lexmark for example, request that do not connect the USB cable until you are prompted by the installation software in their installation

If the USB printer is detected and connected automatically, you need to disconnect the printer, and then wait for the prompt asking you to click Connect.

Once the printer shows Available status, it is no longer grayed out in a Paused state in the Windows Printers window.

Available Status

This USB printer is ready. The utility does not need to always hold the connection of this USB printer. Once there is any print job for this printer, the USB utility connects to this USB printer automatically then prints. After the print job is done, the printer status returns to the Paused state.

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Charter does not provide technical support for the ReadySHARE feature of the router used by some Charter WiFi customers.
While Charter is able to support most advanced features of this router, the foregoing feature may require that you establish an individual relationship with vendors such as Netgear or dyndns.org, or require the use of a customer owned third-party device.  As a result, Charter does not have the visibility necessary to assist with setup or support for this service.  You may visit the vendor's websites for more information on setting up or troubleshooting this service.  Please be advised that these vendors may charge for support for this feature.

The links in this article may be to Internet sites maintained by third parties, no inference or assumption should be made and no representation may be implied that either Charter or its affiliated entities operates or controls in any way any information, products or services on these third party sites.

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