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TSCocoMonGo
post Aug 12 2007, 05:32 PM, updated 13y ago

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I just got a Linksys WAG200G(wireless adsl router) last Friday and now its all installed and running perfectly.

I am actually interested in setting up a home network, which would connect my (USB) printers and some form of file storage. I know about some network storage systems called NAS. Also saw a HDD casing for filesharing in lowyat that day. But they all cost about 400 or 300 each (casing alone). So I would like to ask,

1. Is it possible to install my 2.5" laptop HDD in a standard USB casing to the Linksys, be it I have to buy a new hardware for the USB-to-Ethernet connections? I would like to really avoid the cost of having to buy a dedicated NAS storage system+HDDs and use my old portable HDDs instead.

2. Same as above, but is it possible to install a USB only printer to the network? How?

Thanks

PS. Newbie in networking here. I am not too familiar with networking jargons.. be gentle icon_rolleyes.gif
theodore_kh
post Aug 12 2007, 06:00 PM

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Since you're just trying to setup a home networking, I don't think you need to invest a NAS for storage.

1. Instead, you could try setting one of your pc as a server. Backup all your files inside that pc's HDD.

As for your external HDD, you can't treat it as a standalone HDD, it needs to be connected to a PC in order to function.

You can connect that external HDD to your server PC, any backups around the network will thus have to first pass through your server to access your external HDD.


2.Connect your USB printer into your server pc. That, anyone over the wifi network is able do printings through that computer.


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post Aug 12 2007, 09:46 PM

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share the hard disk in ur PC server, the the client just map the drive...then you will have file server to use...
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post Aug 13 2007, 12:14 AM

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u cannnot simply connect the usb from hdd or printer using the USB-ethernet adapter.. coz..it cant setup the ip for both hdd nd printers... if u want to connect the printer to the linksys, u must get the print server..that would cost u a bomb! cost more than ur router usually!
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post Aug 13 2007, 11:23 AM

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Look for NAS with a Ethernet port which you can connect directly to your WAG200G's 4-port switch.
TSCocoMonGo
post Aug 13 2007, 09:40 PM

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QUOTE(calvynlee @ Aug 12 2007, 09:46 PM)
share the hard disk in ur PC server, the the client just map the drive...then you will have file server to use...
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Thought about that but I wouldnt be running any comps 24/7 coz we dont use them that often. was just hoping to have a share Hdd which any one of the comps can access without the other being open. Kinda like a common folder.


Added on August 13, 2007, 9:46 pm
QUOTE(razuryza @ Aug 13 2007, 12:14 AM)
u cannnot simply connect the usb from hdd or printer using the USB-ethernet adapter.. coz..it cant setup the ip for both hdd nd printers... if u want to connect the printer to the linksys, u must get the print server..that would cost u a bomb! cost more than ur router usually!
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awww cruds... spend more. Actually it was becoz i saw in my office they had this ethernet-to-usb thingi which hooked the usb only printer to the LAN system in my office. Thought it would had been a straight forward thing. Thanks blush.gif

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post Sep 4 2007, 01:54 AM

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