Network hard drive?

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  1. drrty

    drrty New Member

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    I have a Western Digital MyBook external portable hard drive. I want to connect it to my wireless network in my house to use it as a networked hard drive. How can I do this? My Netgear wireless router only has ethernet connections on the back, and my MyBook hard drive only has a firewire connection that goes to USB. Any ideas?
     
  2. Chris

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    Hook it up to one of you computers that runs 24/7 (like a desktop) and then share the drive

    If that wont work for you Im pretty sure the do make USB to ethernet adapters
     
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    USB to ethernet adapter? Ummm - no. You need a network appliance for it to be stand-alone on a network. A 50 cent adapter is not going to make your USB drive network aware. There are NAS boxes that allow it to be expanded with a USB drive though - Linksys has one I know.
     
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    ^^ Linksys NSLU2. I have one and love it...

    I thought I remembered seeing a router with a built-in USB port for sharing hard drives a while back :dunno:
     
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    I have seen this as well. My buddy is running one.
     
  6. Chris

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    Wirelessly posted via wap.offtopic.com (BlackBerry8300/4.2.2 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/102)

    The USB on a router is suposed to be for sharing a USB only printer, but it will work for hard drives too.
     
  7. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    so your saying that someone could plug a usb external harddrive into a print server and it will show up as a network drive?

    in theory, i guess so. i never thought about doing that. i wonder what throughput speed would be
     
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    Regardless of whether the router will allow it or not, you'll end up saving more money and running into much less hassle by using a dedicated box lying around and sharing the drive.
     
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    From everything I have heard this wont work
     
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    seconded.
     
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    All of the CompUSA's in NJ closed this past year and they had closing sales.

    I remember an add for this type of router and I remember it specifically stating that the USB ports were for hard drives.
     

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