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Connect it to the desktop
It's not possible with any router I know of to connect the hard drive directly to the router. I would recommend connecting the hard drive to the desktop, and sharing it over the network.
To do this in Windows XP, connect the hard drive to your desktop. In My Computer, right click on the drive and choose Properties. Click the link about risks to show the options. Check "Share this folder on the network" and "Allow network users to change my files," give the drive a name (something easily recognizable, like 'USB Drive'), and click OK.
You should now be able to view the drive in My Network Places on your laptop.
You can buy a device for that...
I've seen them in Tiger direct catalogs and on the shelves at radio shack, you can buy a simple kit that turns any ide or usb storage device (up to 4 IDE and 8 USB) into a NFS device that will hook up to your router OR you can use the on board USB to hook up a USB Wireless adapter. It all configures real quick just hook it up to your router and goto the default IP address of your new NFS device and set it up and you are off (takes less time to set up than your wireless router).
Thsi one is just OK but the price is good... but jsut search you will find the right one. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009RML8S/ref=pd_cp_e_title/104-3137406-1839142?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance&n=172282)
That's for internal drives
The product you linked to is great for internal IDE drives, but it doesn't seem to support external drives. Do you know of one that does?
Depending on your drive, it may actually be an internal drive in a USB housing. If you can take the drive out of the housing, then the product Prince suggested should work for you.
But if you don't mind leaving your desktop on, sharing the drive is the easiest way to go. Plus, you don't have to buy anything extra!
For External USB Drives This is What You Need
external drive and mac.
I am interested in connecting an external hard drive to a Mac wireless network. I read the post from Ramenkage about how to set it up in Windows xp by connecting it to a desktop and sharing it over the network. Could someone please tell me exactly how to do the same for Mac osx.
Try the Mac forum too.
And don't spare the details. There are some with MacOS 9 and others with othe OSes.
Also, why "exactly"? Would a guide do?
external drive for mac.
I will try posting on the Mac forum.
I said "exactly" because of my limited knowledge of external hard drives and networks. I guess any suggestions on solving my problem would be very welcome.
Can' t access External USB Hard Drive over wireless network.
I am using a LinkSYS WRT54GS router and LinkSYS speedbooster PCI card. I have 4 PC's connected in total. My problem is I cannot access my external hard drive from any PC on my network other than from the PC (My server) the External Hard drive is connected to. All permissions are in place and all drives are shared properly. I can access all of my servers IDE hard drives except my external hard drive. The hard drive is Western Digital Model #:WDXUB2500JBNN. I shared the drive as standard procedures. I can see the drive on all systems but cannot access the drive. All systems are running Windows XP. Im using Nortons Firewall and ZoneAlarm 6. Even if I disable the firewalls still no access. I have searched and searched the net with no real answers. This tread was the closet I've gotten to a similar problem. Hope I was detailed enough to have my question answered. PLEASE HELP ME.
Not the same problem
I am not connecting my USB External hard drive to my router, I have my USB Hard drive connected to the PC where the router is connected (my Server). As I do with the other drives on that server I have file sharing enabled and they all work and are able to be accessed. The external drive is not able to be accessed from PC across my network.
Just a note about the forums.
Don't bury your issue under another discussion that is not spot on to your issue. Also it is the other person's discussion so when you change topics, consider making "your" new discussion.
Answer to the original question.
7 months later there is an answer to the original post. The Apple Airport Extreme says it can support an attached external harddrive or act as a usb print server. Both at same time with a usb hub.
I have also been looking for this
I recently bought a 750GB USB external drive and want to share it over the Ethernet. I found that in addition to the apple airport extreme, Belkin also has a product like this.
However, you still need a router to connect to this thing, and sounds a little dumb. Why not a wireless router and usb hub/server all-in-one? As far as I know, no such product exists yet. I am surprised.
Once the USB is attached to the router, how can I map it
I have a NEUF router with two USB slots. I use one for a printer and I have plugged a USB into the other.
The router reports it and describes used/available space. I can access it using FTP to 192.168.1.1 so that's OK if not brilliant.
What I have been unable to do is map it in Windows Explorer in either XP Pro or Vista Ultimate. It doesn't appear in the network map and will not respond to 192.168.1.1
Anybody succeeded here