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    Dlink with USB
    I bought a DLINK DIR655 with a usb port. I was hoping I could have wireless access to an external hard drive. I talked to support, (DLINK), and they tell me there is no utility for mac. Really!? None!? Surely, some enterprising person has a solution?
    Thanks,
    Jim

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    I found a lot of useful information in this thread. It might help you with what you're trying to do.

    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/swi...ternative.html

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    There are reports from a few that this will work - I have not tried it.

    I connect my printer via ethernet to the 655.

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    a few posts on a D-Link forum
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    Thanks for the input. I actually downloaded the software from there but have no idea as to how it's supposed to work. I'll try for only so long before I give up and spend at least twice the money for airport extreme.
    Again, my thanks,
    Jim

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    I would suggest spending the money on an ethernet capable external drive before spending money on a router that allows for USB connections of external drives.
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    Examples?
    And Thanks.
    Jim

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    I haven't used any of these. I do have that 655 router and I use a Time Capsule for Time Machine backups, a directly attached external via FW for bootable clones and have been using a Windows Home Server for network storage. But, here's a couple examples.

    Newegg.com - Western Digital WDBACG0010HCH-NESN 1TB My Book Live Home Network Drive
    Newegg.com - Seagate STAM2000100 2TB GoFlex Home Network Storage System
    Newegg.com - Seagate STAM3000100 3TB GoFlex Home Network Storage System
    Newegg.com - D-Link DNS-323 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure Several members are using this box.

    If you're planning on using Time Machine to a drive not directly attached to your computer, the Time Capsule makes it painless. It takes a little work around to get any other network attached storage to work with it - should be easy google away.
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    Those are some cool options. I swear my local electronics box store is staffed with less than stellar folks. I went in and described my wants, in what I thought, were clear terms. So now I have an external hard drive and a router which I will now return. I live in small town and must drive to big town. Well... maybe I should have talked to you folks first.
    Anyway, thanks to all.
    Jim

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    For the record, the Apple solution -- though it can be pricey -- "just works" and is quite delightful.

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    I have a D-Link 655 and the way I have it set up is my hard drive is connected to the USB port on the router. My Mac Mini is wired to the router and as long as my Mini is turned on, I can access the hard drive thru any computer. I didn't need any extra software. If you need some help I would be more than glad to help out with some screenshots or something...

    Quote Originally Posted by chas_m View Post
    For the record, the Apple solution -- though it can be pricey -- "just works" and is quite delightful.
    Yeah, it "just works" but not with everything. I have many components that connect to WiFi and need DNLA support, and unfortunately Apple routers don't have that feature.

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    Have not connected anything to the USB port on my 655. Does it just assign it an IP address as if it were attached via ethernet?
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