10-22-2009 01:51 PM
i believe i got the actiontec m1424wr wireless router when i signed up for fios internet service as part of the bundle. i'd like to connect a hard drive that would house my photos, music and movies for itunes to access. i have an apple macbook running os x. i did do a search and found a couple threads about attaching external usb hard drives (which i know you can't) but nothing specific to attaching a network hard drive.
so is it a plug and play situation? do i just attach the hd to an ethernet port on the router? how then do i get the hard drive to show up on the desktop of my macbook?
thanks in advance for any replies.
10-22-2009 01:55 PM
as long as it uses ethernet you should be good to go no changes or port forwarding. I have a worldbook I use and it works great.
10-22-2009 02:00 PM
thanks for the comment donald! so then how do you access the network attached drive form your laptop? does it automatically show up? hopefully someone on a mac will be able to elaborate.
10-22-2009 02:04 PM
my worldbook has a nat interface like a router, I set it up through that interface. You would have to run a program like samba because world books use windows networking. You can use an apple time capsule if you want something that will work well with mac.
10-22-2009 03:40 PM
so i'm assuming it's a bad thing (for me) if a hard drive is made for windown networking? will my macbook not recognize the drive?
10-22-2009 05:10 PM
It's supposed to, never run a mac, but I believe they run the windows networking software, it's called samba on linux distros, not sure what they call it on os X.
10-22-2009 05:43 PM
i was actually looking through iomega's website and they claim that their nas hard drives are both mac and pc compatible. might be worth looking into.
10-23-2009 10:01 AM
that would not connect to the router, if you want a network drive you have to find one with ethernet.