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Linksys router with USB port for hard drive

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#1 Kimmee70


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Posted 22 January 2011 - 02:31 PM

I have a Linksys routher that has a USB port to plug a stand alone hard drive into so that everyone can access it on the network. I have been unable to set it up correctly. I can't get it to recognize the usb port. I am running windows 7 and the directions only cover how to install it on Windows XP and Vista. Does anyone have any ideas on how to get this thing to work?! Thanks

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#2 brodie1600


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Posted 23 January 2011 - 04:26 PM

If the directions for the router only show instructions for Windows XP and Vista operating systems, it's likely that your OS doesn't support the router (since the OS can't recognize the USB adapter).

If the router came with a disk, I suggest loading it and attempting to go though an installation before plugging in the adapter. If it can't install on your system, you'll need to purchase another router.

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 05:13 PM

Are you saying that the router does not recognize the external hard drive USB connection?

Normal external hard drives do not work in this manner. You need NAS = Network Accessible Storage. Examples of options.

You could connect the external hard drive to one of the PCs then set it up as shared and map to it from the other PCs. But the PC it is connected to would always need to be on in order to access it.

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