Ok, so I’ve been thinking about getting an external hard drive for quite a while, to be kept in the apartment, not a portable one, which I could attach my laptop to when home to get things I needed on or off it… however this would strap me to my desk in order to use it. I do have a home wireless network already installed, using a Linksys Wireless-G router, to connect my roomate’s desktop, my laptop and the Wii to the web. It’s got a WEP key so the neighbors can’t get in since I’m in an apartment. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanyways… I have been looking into a way to attach an external hard drive to the network, so that I can access it wirelessly from my laptop. Attaching it to my roomate’s desktop in order to do this is a no go, as I wouldn’t have access to it when she wasn’t home, in case of a hardware issue. Attaching it to the laptop defeats the purpose. Attaching it somehow directly to the router seems to be the ideal situation. It could sit in the multimedia cabinet next to the Wii, the router, and the cable modem.
Sooooo… I’ve been researching on the internet… and it looks like what I need is a Network Attached Storage Drive. But there are some caveats on them, regarding their general behavior. So….. can one of my more in the know computer friends, explain the differences between a USB external hard drive, and a Network attached External Hardrive (aside from the obvious: the Network drive would be accessible to anyone on the network.)
Thanks so much!!!!