How to Use Media Storage on Your Wireless Network

Published by: Allen on 3rd Nov 2017 | View all blogs by Allen

There is no compelling reason to burn through cash on network storage devices on the off chance that you as of now have an appropriate wireless router with a USB port for associating flash drives or outside hard disks. These devices can be associated and the data shared over your home network! 

The fame of home theaters and having the capacity to see content on a computer or other storage device in the course of recent years has brought about an ever-increasing number of individuals obtaining network connected storage, or NAS devices. These handy devices can be associated with a local area network and utilized as a data center for putting away movies, music, and pictures which would then be able to be seen on any device associated with the network. 

Such a device is basically a hard disk drive joined to a network card (wireless or Ethernet) which is then thusly associated with the network, with any configuring done remotely. 

In a local area network where the wireless center point has USB ports for including outside hard disk drives and the like, be that as it may, you needn't bother with a NAS box. By interfacing a media storage device to your wireless network you can appreciate the greater part of similar preferences of network storage with no further money related expense. 


Despite the fact that this guide is for best wireless routers that have USB ports that empower you to associate outside hard disk drives and other appropriate mass storage devices, there are a couple of things that you should know about. 

Right off the bat, while these sorts of router are winding up increasingly well known, there is no uniform approach. All things considered, anything clarified in this tutorial ought to be viewed as and utilized just as a guide instead of a clear, well-ordered tutorial. The purpose behind this is distinctive manufacturers and ISPs utilize diverse architectures for their router devices. Some might be indistinguishable, others totally extraordinary. All things considered, you should know that what you're taking a gander at here is an arrangement of standards concerning the utilization of such devices, instead of thorough guidelines. 


Besides, some wireless routers will acknowledge both outer hard disk drives and USB flash devices, even USB card perusers, while others demand that the storage device has its own energy supply. This will normally mean an outer HDD, so if your USB flash disk isn't distinguished then this is the reason. 

Before endeavoring to plug and play, invest a touch of energy taking a gander at the router itself. It may be valuable to have a USB device handy for this, however, begin off by checking what number of USB ports are accessible. With only one you can most likely be sure that the storage will require an outside power source, yet with two you may escape with a solitary hard disk drive with outer power and a standard USB flash drive, as the USB ports ought to be fueled by the HDD control source. 

Moreover, in the event that you are proposing to interface a hard disk drive to your router, consider the situating of the network device and the span of your outside HDD, the length of the USB link and the separation to the mains electric. You may need to move a few protests around or make somewhat of a wreck to begin off with, especially if your router is mounted on the divider. Clearly, if the router acknowledges the device you can consider buying a more drawn out USB link for a long haul or standard associations. 

As for interfacing, an outer hard disk drive is probably going to give you the best outcomes, such a device ought to most likely be the sort you use to test the practicality of utilizing your router as a major aspect of a wireless network media storage center point. 

Association ought to in a perfect world happen while your router is switched off, or else restart the router after your storage device has been associated and fueled on. At this stage, you should come back to your computer to check regardless of whether you can access the data on the drive through the router. 


For the best outcomes, start by opening your router by means of the web browser, which is ordinarily done by entering You can discover the IP address of your router in Windows by squeezing WINDOWS+R, entering cmd and utilizing the ipconfig command - the router IP address is the one recorded as Gateway. In the wake of logging into your router, you should discover a function that enables sharing of content, so activate this. You may likewise need to restart your computer. 

Subsequent to setting this up, you ought to have the capacity to see the new storage on your network. If not, utilize the standard features of your working framework to include the device as another drive, allocating it a letter and regarding it as a local drive. 

With your hard disk drive or other outside mass storage device hooked up to your wireless router, you will have the capacity to appreciate the content put away on it from any appropriate network-associated device in your home.



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