I have a router sitting at an external location. I'm looking for a solution to backup router logs at scheduled intervals, incrementally, over USB.

Can someone recommend an intelligent external backup drive that comes with all the backup software already pre-installed on it. The problem is, there won't be any PC left onsite to run the backup software after the initial setup. The external backup drive needs to be able to initiate and complete the backup process all by itself.

Router: Digi Transport WR21

(I'm not sure why this question is getting downvoted. Is serverfault not the appropriate forum?)

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    You forgot to mention what sort of router this is? – Michael Hampton Oct 15 '15 at 15:07
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    USB drives cannot initiate a backup – Ryan Babchishin Oct 15 '15 at 15:10
  • @RyanBabchishin Would a NAS solution be more appropriate? A hardware component that sits on the LAN, is able to access router logs (router exposes FTP/SSH access) and periodically back them up? – Maksim Kneller Oct 15 '15 at 15:17
  • You'll need some kind of computer to do something like that, unless the router can copy the logs on it's own. – Ryan Babchishin Oct 15 '15 at 15:18
  • You're getting downvoted because 'recommend me a product to do x' questions are off-topic ('not about: product recommendations'). – TessellatingHeckler Oct 15 '15 at 18:30

If the router supports syslog, that can be used to forward logs to a syslog server for long term storage. Even DD-WRT supports syslog.

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  • Yes, this router does support alerting to a syslog server. Are there standalone hardware solutions available to act as syslog servers that I can attach to the LAN? – Maksim Kneller Oct 15 '15 at 15:33
  • Probably. But product recommendations are off topic. serverfault.com/help/on-topic Syslog is an industry standard protocol that you should be able to install/enable on an existing device. – Clayton Oct 15 '15 at 16:23

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