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07-31-2013 10:48 AM
Hello, I want to connect a hard drive to my Actiontec GT784WNV wireless router, so all of the computers in my office can access files on it. I also have another router connected to the Actiontec (Cisco Linksys router) to accommodate more wireless computers. I have looked all over the internet and I am not sure if the USB port on the Actiontec router has NAS support. Thanks to everyone for the help!
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08-01-2013 09:20 AM
Thanks Jim for your reply. So now what should my next step be? Is there a way I could get a different model router from Verizon to accomplish what I want to do? I need all of the computers on both routers to be able to connect to this external hard drive, so I wouldn't want to just plug it into my second router. Thanks for the help!
08-01-2013 10:43 AM
None of the routers Verizon supplies (except for maybe their D-Link router?) support networking a USB drive. You're best off getting a dedicated USB <> Ethernet device or NAS if you want to plug the hard drive into your router. Performance over USB otherwise is going to abysmal due to a lack of power in the router. USB tends to have a lot of overhead associated with it.
08-06-2013 11:08 AM - edited 08-06-2013 12:56 PM
Thank you. This is what I thought the solution was for my needs, however I haven't seen a definite answer anywhere.
I was looking at a USB to Ethernet connecter like:
and connect my own hard drive, or an NAS like:
After considering all options, I have decided to go with:
Would this purchase be the solution to my problem?
08-06-2013 09:00 PM - edited 08-06-2013 09:01 PM
Something like that should work fine. You can probably go a bit cheaper especially if you're not intending to max the NAS out in Gigabit situations, but it's still a good pick.