Tomato Compatible Router with enough USB power for HDD

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by bucher, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. bucher

    bucher Networkin' Nut Member

    I was reading on Cisco/Linksys regarding the E3000 and E4200 and their specs say these two routers provide 1000mA to the USB, and they have a list of tested external hard drives and enclosures. I have a inland 2.5" SATA to USB 3.0 enclosure with an old 120gb hard drive that I am using to back up pictures and videos of my daughter. I wanted to get a new router so I could have the data shared between our two laptops, instead of having data on each laptop and then having to back them up separately. I was looking into the RT-N16, as it has all the features I was looking for, but I do not know about the USB power. Does anyone know how much current it can supply?
  2. occamsrazor

    occamsrazor Network Guru Member

    If it doesn't work straight off I think you could always just use a mains-powered USB hub in between...
  3. molnart

    molnart LI Guru Member

    my RT-N16 is happily running a harddive in external enclosure. fyi, the WL500gP was not able to spin up the same drive.

    btw, does any one have an idea, if buying a higher capacity powerbrick (more amps, same voltage) could help spinning up that drive on the WL500gP?
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