Hooked up a hard drive to my router (Linksys EA7300), how do I access the drive?

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  1. Diablo2K

    Diablo2K [H]ardness Supreme

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    I just got a new router, a Linksys EA7300, I hooked up a USB hard drive but I don't know how to use it. I can see it is enabled in the routers settings but how do I access the files that are on it?

    FYI I am wired to the router on my PC if that matters.
     
  2. BlueLineSwinger

    BlueLineSwinger Gawd

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    Probably Windows filesharing (SMB/CIFS). You should probably read the router's manual to be sure. Also, make sure the drive is formatted to a compatible protocol.

    (FWIW, I've always considered putting important file on a border device a bad idea. Too easy to compromise, especially if you mess up a setting. Also, such router filesharing services are often disappointingly slow.)
     
  3. pendragon1

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    rtfm or login to the router and bumble around until you find the network map.
     
  4. Diablo2K

    Diablo2K [H]ardness Supreme

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    I bought a Remanufactured Router and all it came with is a quick start guide and it has no mention of a connected hard drive. The drive shows up in the routers settings, but no link or anything as to accessing the files.

    When I click on the network in windows I get a plain page titled "MiniDLNA status", again no access to the files.
     
  5. pendragon1

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    go to linksys and grab the pdf.
     
  6. Diablo2K

    Diablo2K [H]ardness Supreme

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    Online manual is useless! I just thought someone on here would have an answer to what I am guessing is a simple problem. Guess I am wrong!!!

    When I double click the "This PC" icon and then click "Network" a "Media Device" shows up. When I right click it and select "Open Media Player" I can then play the music and videos that are on the drive. But what about the non media files that are on the drive.
    Where do I go to access the hard drive like I would if I had it hooked up to the computer. I would assume it is pretty much universal regardless of the model of router.
     
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    put the model in the thread title and maybe someone with one will know.
     
  8. IdiotInCharge

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    These are bad assumptions to make... if you share the router you're using you might be able to get more help.
     
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  9. BlueLineSwinger

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    It took me less than 2 minutes to get from Google to the following link:
    https://www.linksys.com/us/support-article?articleNum=137963

    Follow those instructions and you should be up and running.
     
  10. ThatITGuy

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    Just want to reiterate that plugging a hard drive directly into a consumer router, that would likely not have any sort of security ACLs on it, is a bad idea. You would be better off connecting that HDD to one of your PCs and setting up the access to it on that computer. Even NAS shares run a basic OS for this purpose.
    Let your router focus on routing.
     
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    Can you post your experiences in terms of router performance before and after using the hdd, and specify whether USB2 or 3? I have been meaning to add a HDD, but all the consumer router reviews thus far that said that any USB input causes performance degradation due to interference?
     
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    Much more eloquent than I would've put it. Perfect advice.
     
  13. auntjemima

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    I connected a usb hard drive to my router once, just for shits and giggles, thinking it would be cool to try it. I didn't notice any network slowdown, but man is it ever slow accessing the data. NAS is a way better choice.

    Mine connected as 192.168.0.1/usb_a1

    Mileage may vary and I would just follow the link posted about 3 above.