How can I share my USB hard disk via WiFi?

Sanjeev Kumar S October 29, 2013
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I have a 1 TB hard disk full of music and video, I am currently thinking of a way (either in way of adapter or dock or a router model with USB) to plug this HDD to some device so that all of my media would be accessible across my home wifi.
At the same time, I don’t want to hook it up to a computer or laptop to share the drive. I am imagining, that there is some kind of a tiny dock that plugs into my home router or the dock with some sort of wifi capabilities to do this.
Please suggest a few alternative.


  1. Hovsep A
    October 29, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    is ir external hard drive? check if there is RJ-45 Jack on the External Drive, plug your external hard drive into one of the ports on your router on some external hard drives there is built in NIC (Network Interface Card) on the back. DLNA enabled hard drives

    Wireless 4-Port USB Sharing Station
    IOGEAR's Wireless 4-Port USB Sharing Station is a wireless USB hub that enables any USB external hard drive, USB flash drive, USB memory card reader, USB speaker, or USB multi-function printer (MFP) to be shared over a Wi-Fi network among different users.

    How to Access Hard Drives Over WiFi Networks

  2. Harshit J
    October 29, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Try this guide if you have a wireless router with a USB port.

  3. Oron J
    October 29, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    What you are looking for seems simple, and it exists, but the're a small catch, and it's a big one...

    You can get NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices which will work with a USB drive and allow you to share it, and there are indeed some very cheap ones which will ONLY work with a USB drive. I've also seen some routers that have that capability.
    However, the cheap NAS and routers all have appaling transfer rates, so are next to useless unless what you need is very ocassional access to a small document (e.g. word processing).

    To get good transfer rates, you need a better quality NAS with USB-sharing support. Synology and QNAP are two examples of such devices, and each would set you back well over $200. In fact, by the time you've bought a decent NAS, you may as well use the hard disc built into it.