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Need advice on home networking

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Blazixe, Apr 14, 2012.

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  1. Blazixe

    Blazixe Thread Starter

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    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 :)
     
  2. etaf

    etaf Wayne Moderator

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    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
    http://www.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=474683
    heres a linksys
    http://homesupport.cisco.com/en-eu/support/routers/E4200
    Heres netgear
    http://www.netgear.com/landing/en-us/readyshare.aspx
     
  3. prunejuice

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    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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