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Silver_40 October 31, 2011 10:15 AM

Hard drive connected to router
Hi guys,
I have an ASUS RT56N router, it has 2 USB ports which allow something to be plugged in. I want to plug in a hard drive so that I can have access to it on whichever computer I am on, including creating music playlists to be played on any computer. With that said, couple of things.

1. Is having the drive on all the time bad? I was considering a 640GB Samsung 2.5" drive (dated 2010) but it doesn't go into low power mode itself. I do have a 1TB Samsung Story external that I believe puts itself into low power mode after a while. I would prefer the 640GB, simply because my 1TB is full and I would needa find a place to transfer out the stuff.

2. Is it possible to make it so that I can access the drive from anywhere outside the network? If so, how? and is it secure? I would love to be able to go to a friends house and still access the data.

I'll ask if I come up with more questions (likely). Thanks!

ilya October 31, 2011 10:20 AM

1. Nothing wrong with having it on all the time, and since it's a 2.5" drive power consumption should be a non issue.

2. Yes, the Asus firmware should have a feature that does exactly that under the AI disk section in your router settings. It won't be 100% secure, but with proper encryption you shouldn't have any issues. If the stock firmware doesn't work out for you, there are plenty of third party options that can do this as well.

Silver_40 October 31, 2011 10:37 AM

Thanks for the rely ilya

What do you mean by "proper encryption"? And with the third party programs, any ideas which are better? I just want it secure but without causing me too much difficulty in accessing the data.

As long as having the 2.5" on all the time isn't going to kill the drive, then it's all good.

ilya October 31, 2011 10:59 AM

The Asus feature basically uses FTP, which is normally completely unsecured. (but keep in mind Asus has their own way of securing the connection, no idea how well it works though) If you're that concerned about security you should encrypt the data on the drive.

By third party options I meant third party router firmware such as Tomato and DD-WRT. You could also look into easier things like Audiogalaxy and Orb, but that would require a host computer that's turned on all the time.

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