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Old 07-25-2009, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Mountain Home, ID
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I have a wireless network setup in my apartment, and I'm looking for a way to add a series of network drives. Something that I can either connect to my WiFi network or plug into an ethernet port on the router. I'm thinking I can attach memory sticks or removable hard drives via USB that would be accessable from all computers in the network.

Anything out there that will do what I want?
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Old 07-25-2009, 06:46 PM
 
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I've seen wifi routers with a USB port for attaching a hard drive. I know Linksys makes one. That would make the drive available to all your computers, wired or wireless.
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Old 07-25-2009, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Mountain Home, ID
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The ones I've seen with USB ports, the USB port is for transferring firmware updates to the router, or connecting a computer via USB, not for storage networking. Besides, I need something that will either take a USB hub or has multiple USB ports. Plus I already have a router that works fine, so I don't want to replace it if I don't have to.
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Old 07-25-2009, 07:19 PM
 
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Look again. I have worked on routers with a USB port for attaching a hard drive for use as network storage. I haven't seen any with multiple ports though. You could always buy or build a Mini ITX PC (run Linux or Windows) or a Windows Home Server and attach as many USB drives as you like. You're still better off attaching the storage to the wired segment vs wireless for performance issues.
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Old 07-25-2009, 07:24 PM
 
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The ones I've seen with USB ports, the USB port is for transferring firmware updates to the router, or connecting a computer via USB, not for storage networking. Besides, I need something that will either take a USB hub or has multiple USB ports. Plus I already have a router that works fine, so I don't want to replace it if I don't have to.
Actually most routers that have USB ports ARE for attaching external storage. I can't say I've ever seen a router that connects to a PC via USB, could you provide a link to such a device?

If you don't want a new router, then your best option is a NAS, or sharing a USB drive from one PC over the network.
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