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    Connecting external hard drive to Macbook via Billion modem/router

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    Hi
    I have been using a mackbook pro and billion modem/router (Bipac 7404vnpx) for almost 1-2 years and it has been working very well. Recently i bought WD 2T external hard drive in a hope to attach it to modem/router so that i can stream the movies thru wifi and can watch it on macbook. But doesn't seems to be working and i cant detect the HDD on my laptop. Can anyone please advice me, if there is anything i can do to make it work or will it even work?
    thanks :-)
    Muk

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    Connecting external hard drive to Macbook via Billion modem/router
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    How have you connected it to your router?

    You can only connect a hard disk to the router if it's a NAS drive.

    The USB port on this router, according to the user manual, is only for connecting a 3g modem, not a strage device.
    External hard disk acquisition addict - but admitting the problem is the first step to a robust backup

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    Connecting external hard drive to Macbook via Billion modem/router

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    Hi mrplow
    I have connected HDD using usb to the router.
    I dont know what is a NAS drive..... :-)
    and in the past i had connected my printer (brother MFC) to the modem/router using the usb drive and it worked ok.
    I havent tried, but i will try and connect the HDD and Billion modem/router using a ethernet cable.
    Do you think it might work, or is there anything else i should be doing.
    Thanks
    Muk :-)

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    Connecting external hard drive to Macbook via Billion modem/router
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    A NAS drive is a strorage device that's designed to be connected directly to a network. Usually you'd connect it directly to the router by Ethernet cable.

    Often the USB connection on a NAS drive is an input for attaching additional storage.
    If you post the make and model of the disk you bought that would help.

    As for your router I can't guess at its undocumented features only the info supplied on the bipac website.

    But it's. It uncommon for routers to have a USB connection to connect storage.

    If you log into your router you should see a section details the external storage details if it's capable.
    External hard disk acquisition addict - but admitting the problem is the first step to a robust backup

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