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USB - Ethernet Dongle

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ifican, Aug 27, 2007.

  1. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Ok ladies and gents, just wondering if anyone have every tried to make a usb external drive a network drive by attaching a usb to ethernet dongle to it. Out of the box i expect it to have issues as it will most likely need drivers but I dont know for sure as its only a thought at this point. Anyone?
  2. frenchy2k1

    frenchy2k1 LI Guru Member

    not possible.
    You'll need the drive to include a server program, something that would present the files available on the drive to the network. A simple USB adapter would not have that.

    You do have lots of enclosure that enable a drive to be plugged on a LAN, those include such capabilities. Some even work both on USB and LAN.
  3. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Thats part of my issue, i have several enclosures just none that currently support ethernet. Everything else would be great is linksys would release a fix for the sl vista issue. And thanks for the input.
  4. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    This device can do what you wish: http://www.keyspan.com/products/u2s2a/homepage.spml. Think of it as an expensive, ethernet to dual USB dongle. I don't know how fast it would be for transfers from the HD though.

    It requires drivers and they have recently made Vista drivers available.
  5. Quijy

    Quijy LI Guru Member

    That is a very cool device, but at 129 bucks US it is expensive when you consider you can get the NAS200 for 129 bucks US.
  6. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the input, i actually had seen this device before but forgot about it. Quite frankly i have just been trying to use some of the enclosures and HDD's i have lying around instead of buying a NAS. I expect a few more options to be hitting the market late next quarter and am just holding out to see what they are before i dive into a NAS solution.

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