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Creating a wireless external hard drive


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#1 Muffalugagus

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 07:47 AM

I just bought a Cirago CST4250 250 GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive (have not received, in transit). All it has is the USB interface - I believe after looking at the specs. I have a wireless hub connection to the internet, there are only ethernet ports on it. On my cable modem, though there is a USB I/O connection. How can I make my soon to be arriving external hard drive available for wireless access? If what I have mentioned does not make this capable so far, what about buying a dongle or bluetooth adapter and plugging this into the usb port on the EHDD, would this work? I would rather do a wireless connection via my hub if possible since I am finding that bluetooth has 2-3 Mbsps limit on data transfer.


In the specs of the EHDD it doesn't mention Windows 7 as being compatible, but is it safe to assume that it is?

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 12:34 PM

From their website:

Supports PC (Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista), MAC (MAC OS8.6 or above) and Linux

It should work with Windows 7, but I've learned never assume anything

I am not aware of any wireless external hard drive or a way to make one wireless, but I've been wrong before

Edited by garmanma, 22 November 2009 - 12:41 PM.

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#3 Ted McLain

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 01:15 PM

Any USB drive should work fine with Windows 7. However, you will have a problem trying to make a simple external drive a wireless device. There are wireless network drives on the market. They're called wireless NAS (Netwok Attached Storage) devices. IOMEGA and Buffalo are two companied that come to mind that market these, but there a several others. These devices have a built in network adapter and some embedded server code that tells the device how to handle multiple connections, etc. That's what your USB drive is lacking. Run a web search on Wireless NAS devices and you'll find some good info...

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 02:44 PM

FWIW: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/howtos/ho...build_a_nas_box

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