USB port on wireless router

My new BT Home Hub arrived yesterday, and I just got round to looking round the back today.

Next to all the ethernet ports there’s a USB in .

What happens if I plug a USB HDD in to it?  Will the WDTV see the HDD just as it would a NAS?

I have 2 x 2tb HDDs connected to my WDTVLSMP via a USB hub - could I attach the same HDDs to the same hub to the USB port in the router and access the HDDs that way?

What about turning off the HDD, ejecting, etc?

Steve W

Perhaps you should look here:

http://community.bt.com/t5/Other-BB-Queries/Home-Hub-2-amp-external-hard-drive/m-p/236297#M6550

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It appears it does.

I’ll have to give it a go.

Any advantages/disadvantages to plugging a USB HDD into the router rather than a NAS?

Steve W

Disadvantages aplenty, not many advantages. Get a NAS.

Cheers.

Is one of these okay?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-BlackArmour-Network-Attached-Storage/dp/B00447CB8O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1320875227&sr=8-1

Steve W

You can start by reading here:  http://forums.seagate.com/t5/BlackArmor-NAS-Network-Storage/bd-p/BlackArmorNAS

I wouldn’t recommend buying one.

My 110 is being replaced with a 220. I should have it tomorrow.

DrMac wrote:

You can start by reading here:  http://forums.seagate.com/t5/BlackArmor-NAS-Network-Storage/bd-p/BlackArmorNAS

 

I wouldn’t recommend buying one.

My 110 is being replaced with a 220. I should have it tomorrow.

Cheers DrMac, but you’ve confused me a little.

I linked to the 220 and you say you wouldn’t recommend buying one…but then say you’re replacing your 110 with one.

Why are you doing this if it’s so bad?

As far as I can tell from a (very) quick scan of the forum in that link the problems appear to be in setting the device up as a server.  I don’t want to use it like that - just plug & play network storage.  Does that change things?

Steve W

By the way, I’m not wanting to use anything as a media server - just effectively a big storage device to add to my network - as plug and play as possible.

Any recommendations (cheap is good).

Steve W

WD Makes good pre-built NAS’s. I certainly wouldn’t go with a Seagate. If WD’s are too expensive in your area, you might consider buying a NAS enclosure that lets you put whatever drives you want in one (make sure they are compatible first of course)…

I have several My Book Lives (they only go up to 3 TB in space…hopefully they will make a bigger one like the My Book World 2) and they are fantastic. Easy to use, and you can use them for either media stuff or general storage.

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Ardvark wrote:

WD Makes good pre-built NAS’s. I certainly wouldn’t go with a Seagate. If WD’s are too expensive in your area, you might consider buying a NAS enclosure that lets you put whatever drives you want in one (make sure they are compatible first of course)…

 

I have several My Book Lives (they only go up to 3 TB in space…hopefully they will make a bigger one like the My Book World 2) and they are fantastic. Easy to use, and you can use them for either media stuff or general storage.

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This, although I only have 1 MBL  :stuck_out_tongue:

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Any thoughts on this:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00308JH2Q/sr=1-2/qid=1321006813/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&qid=1321006813&sr=1-2&seller=

Oh, and what’s wrong with the Seagates?  Are they unreliable?

And finally, any problem with buying several My Book Live 3tbs?  It would appear that 3 x 3tv MBLs would be cheaper than one 8tb NAS.  To be clear I only want these as big hard drives to store my Blu-ray Disc rips on my network to be accessed by various WDTV players around the house.

Steve W

Warranty replacement.

My 110 has gone out twice, they must be out of them or something so they are sending a 220.