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14-Apr-2012, 10:52 PM #1
Need advice on home networking
Hi guys, I was just wondering if I could get some advice on what router I should buy if I want to connect a typical USB hard drive to the router for sharing to anyone on the network. I would like one that allows me to the drive in under "Computer" in windows 7, without additional software. I ask for no additional software because I wish to access this with my android tablet.\

I currently own the dlink dir 825 b1, which does have usb support however it requires some additional software to make use of it (the additional software isn't the greatest and it has no linux or android support). As for this NAS, it this just basically a computer connected to the network with ftp enabled? Just in case i messed up my jargon here, is it safe to say that if I wanted to set up an NAS, I would need another computer with an attached hard drive that is connected to the network? Also what steps would have to be taken to make this possible (any links to a good guide is fine, I know I'm asking for alot here). Also what OS would be best to use so that it is compatible with basically every modern platform (xbox(probably requires additional automated software such as vuze), Windows 7, Android)?Any help is appreciated.

Thanks for any advice in advance

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15-Apr-2012, 07:23 AM #2
if I want to connect a typical USB hard drive to the router for sharing to anyone on the network.
you will need a router which supports USB drives - looking at the spec on that router looks like a USB connection to the router - rather than sharing a HDD

OR you could set up a NAS

most manufacturers have this type of router available
belkin, linksys , netgear

not sure what is available in canada

do you already have a modem
are you on cable or dsl

I have a linksys wag320N - but quite old now and will not dual broadcast on both 2.4 and 5 channels

NOT A recommendation just a list
heres a belkin
heres a linksys
Heres netgear
Please let us know what the final solution was to any problem posted

Last edited by etaf; 15-Apr-2012 at 09:54 AM..
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15-Apr-2012, 09:10 AM #3
Your router is supported by DD-WRT firmware, if that's something you'd consider.

It may add functionality you're looking for.
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