1.    19 Jul 2017 #1
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    Router Server setting - USB options


    My router has USB ports and I can set it up as a file sharing server in settings.

    The decision tree that came up was whether to use the DLNA Media Server option, or the Samba Server option in the USB settings on the Router.
    I chose the Samba Server option because I could define the Workgroup. But is there a benefit of one over the other?
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  2.    19 Jul 2017 #2
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    Hey TV2,
    The Samba Server is what you want to use. I believe the the DLNA Media Server is just a part of the Samba Server and is for streaming movies to DLNA Devices, as it does the transcoding instead of the Device doing it.
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  3.    19 Jul 2017 #3
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    Ah! Got it.
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  4.    19 Jul 2017 #4
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    Hey TV2,
    Instead of a USB stick, if you have an extra SATA HDD laying around, grab you one of these (or one like it) https://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-Exter...+hdd+enclosure

    I have one (with an ole WD 500 Gig) ... I use it for my desktop and laptop backup images, and general file sharing .... Poor Man's NAS .... lol
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  5.    20 Jul 2017 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagle51 View Post
    ...if you have an extra SATA HDD laying around, grab you one of these (or one like it)...
    I have one (with an ole WD 500 Gig) ... Poor Man's NAS .... lol
    I use a USB external HDD in the back of my router. No external power supply needed, the router is quite capable of supplying all the power it needs through the USB connection.
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  6.    20 Jul 2017 #6
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    Both good ideas.

    But I'm not quite normal. I use a 3rd generation build (a PC I built 2 PCs ago) set up in my basement as a Local Area Server of sorts, it's got lots of hard drives and disk space.
    And I just connect extra bare hard drives to my extra connectors I have installed in the PCs to save backups and images on, then disconnect them and put them in the closet or off-site.
    Got a desktop external for the laptops images.

    The one USB portable external drive I bought gave me nothing but a headache - that 2.5" drive is now one of my bare backup drives. Much faster backups at SATA speed too!

    But yeah, I may want to utilize that Router USB for something someday. Maybe stick all the music on it then folks can access it without turning anything on.
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