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Turning USB power on and off

On some routers, it is possible to turn USB power on and off using GPIO, like this:


echo 1 > /sys/class/gpio/gpioN/value


echo 0 > /sys/class/gpio/gpioN/value

Get current state:

cat /sys/class/gpio/gpioN/value

Here, N should be replaced with pin number, which depends on router model. Here are some known pin numbers:

Model Pin number(s)
TP-Link TL-WR703N 8
TP-Link TL-WR842ND 6 (v1), 4 (v2)
TP-Link TL-WDR3600 21, 22
TP-Link TL-WDR4300 21, 22
TP-Link TL-WR1043ND 21 (v2), 8 (v3, v4)

If your model is not listed, you may try to find N by trial and error. For some N, the directory /sys/class/gpio/gpioN might not exist, in this case it can be created like this:

echo N > /sys/class/gpio/export

You may also look at this forum thread.

:!: Some routers might have difficulties providing full USB power output.

docs/guide-user/hardware/usb.overview.txt · Last modified: 2018/03/31 23:23 by bobafetthotmail