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Storage on a home wireless network - hard drive question


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#1 janick

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 09:55 PM

This may be a silly question (I'm new to this). I have a home wireless network with 4 computers on it. I wanted to get a storage unit that I could plug into the router and be accessed for storage (back up of select files) by all of the computers. I purchased a Buffalo Drivestation Axis hard drive unit thinking I would just plug it into the router via USB and it would act as such. Somewhere I thought I had read this was possible. However, it is not being recognized by the network and I'm now wondering if I bought the wrong thing (and perhaps should have purchased a NAS type of storage unit such as the Buffalo Linkstation?). Can anyone help on this? I emailed Buffalo support a couple of times but I'm not hearing back and I'd like to return the Drivestation soon if I need to do so. Thanks!!

 

 



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 09:23 AM

In general, yes, it is possible to connect a USB drive to a router and have it accessible through the network. It does require a router that supports that functionality. Not all routers have USB ports. And not all routers will support connecting a drive to the USB port (i.e. some routers only support connecting a printer to their USB port so that any computer can print to the printer across the network).

What is the brand and model of your router? If you tell us that, we can determine if your router supports it.

I can say that the Drivestation Axis you bought appears to more or less be a typical USB drive. So, your router would need to support using a drive with the USB port. If it does not, then your best bet would likely be to return the drive and get an NAS.

Edited by smax013, 16 September 2013 - 09:26 AM.


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Posted 16 September 2013 - 10:26 PM

Thanks! My router is quite new: Linksys 1750ac. It also seems to go by: "Linksys EA6700 HD Video Pro AC1750 Smart Wireless Router".

 

Thanks again for your help.



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 11:17 PM

This should be the manual for your router:

http://downloads.linksys.com/downloads/userguide/1224699084559/EA6500_v2_UserGuide_En-FRCA.pdf

If so, then it does support attaching a drive. So, you might take a look at the section on dealing with attaching a USB drive and see if anything helps there.

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 12:44 AM

Thanks so much! I'll give this a whirl tomorrow and hopefully it will work. Much appreciated!!



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 08:26 PM

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Thanks so much for your help! I reformatted the HD and it is working just fine on the network.

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 09:58 PM

I am glad you got it working.




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