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external hard drive share.....

Postby uregmi111@gmail.com » Wed Dec 15, 2010 6:20 am

I know we can attach external hard drive and open the private channel to view it
My question is:

HOw do I access the hard drive from the netwrok
Is there a way we can access the drive from netwrok
so that when I have the files to copy and watch in TV, I don't have to bring the hard drive to computer and connect to Roku's USB port again

Is there a way - I can access Roku connected hard drive in USB port via other computers in home network
like
\\roku\mydrive

something like that
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Re: external hard drive share.....

Postby SuetyStanes » Wed Dec 15, 2010 8:45 am

Not at this time.
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Re: external hard drive share.....

Postby Arwen » Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:46 am

uregmi111@gmail.com wrote:I know we can attach external hard drive and open the private channel to view it
My question is:

HOw do I access the hard drive from the netwrok
Is there a way we can access the drive from netwrok
so that when I have the files to copy and watch in TV, I don't have to bring the hard drive to computer and connect to Roku's USB port again

Is there a way - I can access Roku connected hard drive in USB port via other computers in home network
like
\\roku\mydrive

something like that


In answer to your questions about accessing the USB drives
attached to the Roku from the network.

You can't. At present, any attacted USB drive remains
local to the Roku. Sharing out attacted USB drive(s) on
the Roku likely won't happen, (or not any time soon).


I personally use a miniture PC server, which is about the
same size as a Roku streaming media player. Uses about
the same amount of power, (5 watts), and it's almost
completely silent, (no fans, only spinning disk).

Since it's a normal PC, I can load any software I want like
a web server which can feed output to the Roku. So a USB
drive on the Roku is not as important as it once was, (for
me). It's not for everyone, but it works for me. (I have the
older fit-PC 1).

Here is a link;

http://www.fit-pc.com/web/
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Re: external hard drive share.....

Postby Saqqara » Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:42 am

Has anyone ever seen a cheap NAS device or hard disk dock/enclosure that has USB and ethernet output? I know some of them have a USB host for adding external drive volumes or printers, but I've not noticed any that can serve concurrently as a USB drive and a NAS.

This would be a perfect complement to a Roku if it exists.


Until then it's Ye Olde Sneakernet. On the bright side: it's good to have a central media store of my photos and music that's NOT connected to the network, in case of a bad virus outbreak.
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Re: external hard drive share.....

Postby Arwen » Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:08 am

Saqqara wrote:Has anyone ever seen a cheap NAS device or hard disk dock/enclosure that has USB and ethernet output? I know some of them have a USB host for adding external drive volumes or printers, but I've not noticed any that can serve concurrently as a USB drive and a NAS.

This would be a perfect complement to a Roku if it exists.


Until then it's Ye Olde Sneakernet. On the bright side: it's good to have a central media store of my photos and music that's NOT connected to the network, in case of a bad virus outbreak.


In theory, you can use something like these
Linux plug devices. Here is several links to
the one I remember most;

http://www.itechnews.net/2009/02/24/marvell-sheevaplug-linux-plug-computer/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SheevaPlug
http://www.plugcomputer.org/
http://www.globalscaletechnologies.com/p-22-sheevaplug-dev-kit-us.aspx

Overall, plug devices vary in feature set, so if
you need Ethernet and USB, make sure it has
both. I have no idea if they would be fast enough
for video, but you mention only photos and music,
so it should be fast enough.

For the Roku, you would need a media server. In
my case, Roksbox only needs a web server,
which I would guess the these things would support.

As for NAS function, I am guessing you need CIFS,
which should also be supported. (But at no great
speed.)
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Re: external hard drive share.....

Postby renojim » Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:56 pm

I and a few others have used the Seagate Freeagent Dockstar as a very cheap (~$30, without hard drive) NAS in conjunction with MyMedia. It takes some work to set it up, but there's some good instructions in the MyMedia thread. I've been pretty happy with it and I can now turn my desktop "server" off once in a while and use the Dockstar to serve up music, videos, and pictures.

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Re: external hard drive share.....

Postby uregmi111@gmail.com » Sun Dec 19, 2010 10:20 am

what you talking about......
The technology, when incomplete cannot survive a long......

Do you know
ASUS WL-520gU 802.11b/g Wireless Router up to 54Mbps with All-in-One Print Server/ DD-WRT Open Source support

when flashed with Tomato.....your USB hard drive attached to that ASUS can act as NAS device.....

Why not from Roku...... ????

I have Roku - which has wirless connection.....and USB hard drive attached to it......I wish it supports USB 3.0

if that hard drive has some address - it can be accessed via other devices in network.......

why it cannot be done ??????


It will be much more useful to access the hard drive via some other devices......


I know some external hard drive can come as Network connection + USB or firewire port........

But, still the technology is very perfect to have the external hard drive attached as NAS device.......
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Re: external hard drive share.....

Postby Arwen » Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:09 am

uregmi111@gmail.com wrote:...
when flashed with Tomato.....your USB hard drive attached to that ASUS can act as NAS device.....

Why not from Roku...... ????

I have Roku - which has wirless connection.....and USB hard drive attached to it......I wish it supports USB 3.0
...


First, the Roku streaming media player most likely has
to have secure software due to licensing, copyright
and DRM reasons. Thus, no outside firmware will likely
ever be available. It's a closed platform on purpose and
suits many people's needs. (But certainly not everyone.)

Next, if the Roku firmware added every feature many
NAS have, (CIFS, AFS, NFS, FTP, HTTP, etc...) some of
the current featues would likely have to be dropped.
The Roku streaming media player is NOT "The One
Box to Rule Them All".

As for USB 3.0, the Roku does not really have the
speed or features needed to take advantage of the
additional speed of USB 3.0, (4Gbps). It's a 320Mhz
MIPS processor as I recall, certainly not fast enough
to saturate USB 2.0 speeds of 480Mbps. The only
real advantage USB 3.0 would give the Roku would
be full duplex.

All in all, if you want a NAS device, find one that
meets your needs. If you need a media player that
has a product roadmap that addresses your needs
better get that one.

In my opinion, their is no "One Box to Rule Them
All" yet, and again in my opinion, the Roku is not
it and won't be. But that does not stop me from
liking what the Roku does today and being happy
with my purchase.
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