Here is what I have:
1. One laser printer
2. 1 desktop machine, possibly buying another one in the near future
3. 3 to 4 laptops
4. A little D-link router for internet wireless access. (I'm not sure what model. It's been there for 3 to 4 years now... g-protocol connection)
I'm looking to do:
1. I would like to setup a network drive where any user connected to the network will be allowed access to the drive and will be allowed access to read/write on the hard drive. It doesn't matter if the hard drive is installed in the desktop or attached to the network's router.
2. I would like a shared access to a printer in the network, connected to either the desktop or the router/wireless router.
1. Yes, I tried the homegroup/workgroup option but I hated the eff'in thing... I can't even get my laptops to detect my desktop's homegroup. Decided to give up... Is there another way?
2. I was thinking of buying a router with a usb port attached to allow a hard drive to be shared but I'm not sure how this works cause I've never had a router like this. Also, prices to do this seems a little steep. The E3000 from Cisco is about 140 bucks right now... If I decided to buy an NAS and a cheap router, it seems to be right about that range too...
3. I've heard that a usb port on the router is really slow usually?
3. I don't mind the desktop being used as a "server", as in, I don't mind my desktop running whenever the network is up. However, I would still like to use the desktop for work. Is that possible?
4. I don't mind tossing my old router and buying a new one, but I'm looking for the cheapest way to do what I'm looking to do. :D
Any good suggestion on how to network this?
Edited by KIDRoach, 26 July 2010 - 09:16 PM.