I seem to have ran myself into a dead end. Can't figure out how to accomplish what I need.
Basically, I need my external hard drive connected to my wireless network so I can have access to it from two computers BUT I want to be able to stream my videos/music via a USB 2.0 wire directly to my TV.
The problem with this configuration is that the hard drive has one input/output USB 2.0 port. I am going to hook it up to a network enclosure which will solve the having the hard drive to wireless network...but how can I stream data via a USB cable to my TV?
A friend of mine told me that I can have a USB connection from my desktop going to the TV - this will achieve the data going from my external hard drive via the network to my desktop and from my desktop to my TV via USB
Does this sound like I am on the right track? I am unsure as to whether I will need any software solutions to be able to have access to the data on the hard drive from my TV..
Thanks for your help.... the problem is that my LED TV is a 42" which I have mounted on a wall in the living room...and the desktop is in another room altogether.
Theoretically, I could just run an S-Video cable from the desktop to the TV...but I'm aiming more for being able to access my hard drive via the TV (USB connection) yet still have access to it via wifi.
I think the simplest thing to do in my case would be to just suck it up and buy an ethernet enabled drive...that way it can be used as network storage and hooked up to the TV at the same time with minimal wiring.
Ok, just have to make sure you have the right gear. Some people experience problem with attaching NAS to LAN and usb to media player at the same time. They can attach either one of them but not both at the same time. So you may want to be careful at choosing your NAS. Unfortunatly, that I cannot help you with choosing. As I mentioned before, I don't own NAS, I use a desktop to manage the network.