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DIY Wireless external Harddrive Answered

Okay, so, I've been wanting to make my external hard drive wireless, so I can access it from anywhere in the house. My question is; what is the best way to go about this? I have two old computers standing in the attic, so I could use their parts to make some sort of time-capsule inspired thingy. Is this possible? Or is it much cheaper to just buy a real airport extreme or time capsule

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Computothought (author)2013-02-21

To the old computer add a wifi card and then install freenas.

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Computothought (author)2013-02-21

To the old computer add a wifi card and then install freenas.

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DustySeven7 (author)2013-02-20

I know Patriot makes a 100 dollar device that takes any drive and makes it wireless. http://www.amazon.com/Patriot-Gauntlet-Hard-drive-Enclosure-PCGTW25S/dp/B008KW61XK

I have been looking into using a RasPi with usb wifi and large drive. both can be battery powered and since RasPi is linux any device should be able to access the files. and also write

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aeromancy (author)2008-07-18

Sorry I didn't mention this earlier. The total cost will be roughly $130, whereas the Airport Extreme is $179 and the time capsule runs at about $280 for the 500GB.

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aeromancy (author)2008-07-18

I have done some research, and others have been able to do this. Here is a link that shows you how. Basically, you purchase a wireless router, and a wireless USB adapter and you plug it into your external hard drive. You will then be able to access your data from anywhere in your home. Here is the link.

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Tinseltoy (author)2008-07-18

No, but I figured i could get some kind of card to put in the computer that would *make* it a wireless router?

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xACIDITYx (author)2008-07-18

A wireless external harddrive? I didn't know that was possible!

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guyfrom7up (author)2008-07-18

well, you have to first have a wireless router, do you have that?

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