I am about to purchace a new wireless router and I am considering one with a USB-port so I can connect an external hard drive as well. But I am wondering if it is possible to connect a USB-hub to the router and thus connect more than one external hard drive to the network?
I guess I'm asking both:
a) if its possible to access an external hard drive that way
b) if I can access several external hard drives if using a USB-hub
Is b)'s possible, and would I need a specific router or usb-hub to be able to do so, or should most do the trick?
I am considering something like the Netgear WNR3500L router.
Actually, it seems to be working (I'm too impatient, so I just had to try without knowing if it would work). I have only just barely tried though. But I have set up the router mentioned above, and connected a http://www.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_... (at least it looks like that one) along with a couple of USB external hard drives.
After some messing around (or maybe some time passed, making the computer aware of the readyshare-stuff, I really can't say I did much) I manged to find both hard drives both on my computer, I also found both drives when I connected the router to my Blu-Ray player, which is able to play most media files, so that's quick and easy access to the storage devices.
Quite possibly NAS or the like would be quicker transfer from computer to hard drives (USB 2.0 is slow), but at the moment I had to go for the cheaper version and I am delighted that it seemed to work. I didn't even have to install DD-WRT.