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External hard drives on Network

by halkyra / July 27, 2007 1:21 PM PDT

I wanted to store all my media on an external hard drive. I have 4 computers with different versions of windows so I don't think I can connect then via a home network. I would like to have all of them connect to an external drive using CAT5 cables. Is there anything like this? (I have $300 bucks to spend). If not, any suggestion on the best way to do this. (Two of the computers are on a home wireless network which is connected to a cable modem)

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Easy with USB-2. . .
by Coryphaeus / July 27, 2007 10:01 PM PDT
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You may be sorry. Here's why.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 27, 2007 11:14 PM PDT

USB 2.0 is a 480 megabit link.

Your common ethernet is 100 megabits.

Media tends to be gigabyte files and you'll scream that you spent hundreds of bucks to go slow.

Having said that I do own a Dlink DSM-G600 and it does work plus I can put USB externals on it. It's not as easy to setup as I would like but it does work and meets your price point.

Bob

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