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Topic # 62364 4-Jun-2010 22:30
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(there seemed to be a few categories this could fit into, please correct me if I've put it in the wrong place)

I have an external USB hard-drive that I'd like to share between these devices:
LinkSys WAG310G (I'm using this with Xnet Fusion VoIP) - with USB "storage"
Windows Vista
Xbox 360

Our PS3 has been getting some good use for movies and TVNZonDemand lately, and I thought it would be a good idea to put our DVD collection on HDD for easy access.  I'm also very keen to have my music collection on HDD for playing on random through the home theatre. 
I'd like to be able to use the PS3 for this as it's our media centre, and it would be nice if the 360 could access the music for in games.  Both the Mac and PC will need to be able to add files to the HDD, and I'd like to be able to choose a couple of albums each morning to put on my iPhone (via the Mac) before leaving for work.
I really want to (and think it's reasonable to) do this without unplugging and replugging things.

Here's what I thought I'd be able to do:
- Network everything up so they can all share the internet wirelessly (wired in the case of the 360) - so far so good! 
- Plug in the USB hard-drive into the USB port on the WAG310G router, and have each device able to access it for movies and music.  Well, the router detects the drive but it seems that with this router you can only read/write the drive through the router's own web interface, ruling out mapping the drive in Windows explorer, let alone accessing it from the PS3, 360 etc.  Wish I'd known that before purchase!

Is there a way to do what I want with what I already own?  In light of the information above I doubt it, so would I be best to:

- Buy a better gateway/router that allows proper access to the USB HDD? (Keep in mind I'm using Xnet Fusion)
- Buy a NAS HDD enclosure with a network port?
- Or if I forget about the 360, is there a way to have the USB HDD connected directly to the PS3 that still allows the computers (Mac and PC) on the network to access it (read and write)?

Any input/suggestions/opinions greatly appreciated!

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  Reply # 338418 4-Jun-2010 23:52
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if you leave the pc or mac on permanently you could one of them to share out the driver for everything else... windows shares, ftp, nfs, whatever - there are both built in and 3rd party free options that would let you do what you want.

the cons of hosting something on pc/mac are the overhead for serving, downtime if the mac/pc crashes, higher power consumption if you dont normally leave the pc/mac on.

another option would be a networkable media player - i.e. something that has HDD, hooks up to the tv for playing music/video, and also serves up files via smb/web/ftp/nfs etc.

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  Reply # 338832 6-Jun-2010 17:52
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Thanks for the suggestion.  I definitely want to avoid having to leave a computer on just to serve files.  In fact both computers are laptops so I can't have the USB HDD plugged into either of them full time anyway (hence why I thought the router with USB port was a great idea!).

1. Is there a way to have the HDD plugged into the USB port on the PS3, and still allow the computers to access it (through the PS3)?  The PS3 is part of the network.

2. Would I better off with a USB switch, with one side connected to the PS3 and the other connected to the router?  Will the PS3 be happy with a switch between it and the HDD?

3. My USB enclosure seems to be playing up so I might buy a new one anyway - is there a NAS enclosure that will connect to the network port on the router, and to the USB on the PS3 at the same time?

All replies appreciated!

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  Reply # 338855 6-Jun-2010 20:27
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no idea if the nas boxes run USB and network *at the same time*. I wouldnt hold out hope for it. does your PS3 not have network to connect to NAS?

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  Reply # 338881 6-Jun-2010 21:29
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If you can find a nas enclosure that supports DLNA then it can stream music, videos, etc to the ps3 over the network. I'm not too sure if these exist though, might have a bit of a google myself

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