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I have a harddisk, now I want to access it on network without attaching it with my PC what are my options?

I don't want to buy expensive NAS Drive

I have a external hard disk and I want ability to access it on my network via router, what is my best option and How to do it?

Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Jul 18, 2018

@Manish - You could attach it to your wireless router and create a local cloud so that you can access its contents from any computer or mobile connected to your network. Look for the USB port on your router. 

Tagging @Abhishek for his inputs. 

I have 3 routers and none of them have USB port :(, which one do you recommend?

Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Jul 18, 2018

Depends on multiple factors - 

1. How much area do you wish to cover with your wireless?

2. How many devices will connect to network simultaneously?

3. What type of Internet connection do you have? If you have high-speed connection, you ought to have router that supports 802.11ac. 

4. If the area is large and there are too many walls in between, I'd recommend installing wireless repeaters. 

Btw, you could also attach the HDD to any of the computer and have that computer connected to the Network. You should be able to access it with proper configuration. I've not done that before. But someone should be able to explain how to do that. 

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Btw, you could also attach the HDD to any of the computer and have that computer connected to the Network. You should be able to access it with proper configuration. I've not done that before. But someone should be able to explain how to do that.  

No I don't want to do that, I just want to set up a common repository where my team can share all the daily code changes and I can review the code on daily basis

Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Jul 18, 2018

Okay, I'll go bit off-topic. Do you really want to do it locally? Perhaps, you should be looking at GIT. We do it for development at CrazyEngineers and works really well. There's GITLAB if you want private repositories for free.

If you simply want to host files; I'd strongly recommend AWS. It's cheap and it works like charm. 

Anoop Kumar
Anoop Kumar • Jul 18, 2018

If you don't want to connect to PC.

You have two options

1. A small PC,  Raspberry-Pi,  and connect it your HDD.

2. New router which supports NAS. 

Abhishek Rawal
Abhishek Rawal • Jul 19, 2018

Seems like I am bit late for response.

You'll require router that support NAS. However, it doesn't seem you're an heavy user and not much of IO will be observed in your storage.

As @Kaustubh recommended, gitlab seems to be your best solution. Deploy it in Raspberry Pi.

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