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    Default New Wireless Router - HELP!!!

    ok u tech guys lol

    Just changed from BT to Virgin so need o get a new wireless router

    What i would like is the option to connect a backup hard drive to the router so it can be used by all the computers (already have a 400GB usb ext hard drive)

    Can this be done

    if so which is the best one to get

    Thanks

    Jonny

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    Hi
    if you are intending to have access to the drive at all times, by all pc's then a NAS drive is what you will require (Network attatched storage). This will have its own IP address on the network and will not need to be connected to a switched on pc as a normal external drive would have to be. If you buy one like the one here http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?...C=SO&U=strat15 you will even be able to connect your existing external drive to it as well for additional space. Of course you could always just connect a normal external drive to one of your pc's and share it with all the others, it would just mean that the "host" would need to be left switched on to give the others access.
    Hope that helps.

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    My Belkin is pretty reliable and trans a good signal. hth.

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    Ironass has the right idea for this, NAS is probably the best way to go. As I type now I am on the laptop downstairs and can access all my important stuff (programs, pictures, music, shared email folders) on the Synology NAS drive upstairs.

    It also has other functions, e.g. it's an apache/PHP webserver, has it's own photoserver function for hosting pics on the internet, it's just (new firmware) got full UPnP functionality for acting as a media server, and it can also download files/torrents itself (i.e. I can start the file downloading and let the NAS drive handle the download so I can switch my PC off). That last function is brilliant in itself.

    The downside to some NAS setups is that you have to pay for the device itself (e.g. mine is about £100-£130 now) and also the disk. Disks are pretty cheap these days though.

    I'm not sure if there's a way to directly attach a USB/Firewire disk to a router, I suppose it might be possible. Have a hunt around on t'net!

    HTH!

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    yep looked at the NAS but as i already have an external drive and have got to buy a new router just thought i might be able to get one with a usb to connect to a hard drive.

    just saw a post re the BT home hub on here a couple of days ago showing how to do this

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    Jonnye, The BT Home Hub is the only unit that I'm aware of that allows you to connect a USB HDD to it. However, a NAS will be faster and more reliable than the connection through the Home Hub.

    As for a router I have a Linksys WAG354G that I'm about to put up for sale in the sale section. 4 month old. Let me know if your interested.

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