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Picture of How to Build a Media File Hub For Your Home (for MacOS and Windows)
Want to create a hub for everyone in your house to share movies, music, and files?

What you will need:
•  Wireless Router (I recommend the ASUS RT-N56U. Its the router I have and it works perfectly for this)
•  Computer with internet access (preferably multiple computers—otherwise, whats the point?)
•  External hard drive, with plenty of room for your files
•  Files that you would like to share amongst family and friends

I will cover the portion for the Mac users in steps 1-4 and for Windows users in steps 5-9, with a side note on accessing the hub when away from the house at the end.



NOTE: This is for at-home personal use and information only. The creator of this article does not condone illegal file sharing in any way, shape, or form. It's bad, Mkay?

Step 1: Installing your router —Mac

Picture of Installing your router —Mac
If you already have a router set up in your home, feel free to skip this step.

Setting up your wireless network is a crucial step in being able to connect to the hub. Unfortunately, different brands of routers have different methods of setup, so it is important that you make sure you have a copy of the setup instructions provided by the manufacturer. Follow them carefully!
the instructions typically follow a pattern:
1.  disconnect all cables/wires from existing modem setup
2.  plug your router into the nearest power outlet
3.  using a couple network cables, connect your computer to your wireless router's LAN port and the modem to your wireless router's WAN port
4.  plug your modem into the nearest power outlet
5.  You may have to install software bundled with the router (if supplied) and follow the setup guide on your computer screen. This is unlikely as Mac Operating Systems can usually connect right away.

Remember, this is just a general pattern, your router setup may be very different and you are strongly encouraged to follow your manufacturers guide, especially if some of my steps didn't make any sense.
 
togo19195 months ago

Works well for me, too. I'm using both a 2TB Raid-1 NAS and archiving to the 2TB USB 3.0 hard drive for extra safety.

I also do incremental backups to a drive that I keep in my car every month. Just a bit of paranoia - I want to make sure all my photos, videos, and music remains intact.

I prefer to avoid the FTP setup - though it's reasonably secure.

techboy4112 years ago
lol it shows an crt with a BSOD!|!!!!!!
good idea! how big of a hard drive did you set up?