Sitecom WL-176 - Wireless router with NAS USB Ports £48.99 @ Play - HotUKDeals
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Sitecom WL-176 Wireless Network Storage Router / 4 Port Switch 54g TURBO

I folks brought this router from play when we moved into a Virgin Broadband (Cable area) and needed a new router. The genius of this one is that if you have any external disks you don't use much or wish you could access wirelessly you can hang them off this router and map them as network drives. This is perfect for my friend who has a netbook and plays them over the wireless and for me on my modest 160GB drive laptop.

The main limitation is to write to the disk it must be formatted in fat32. For those not sure how their disk is formatted the manual does include clear instructions.

All in all a great router for cable broadband users!

Not sure if the voucher works as I brought this product last month and didn't try the voucher.
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#1
Do you need any software to use these? Or does the PC just see it as another device on the network?
#2
why does it have to be formatted to FAT32?
#3
Why cold are there better cheaper elsewhere?
#4
chillking
why does it have to be formatted to FAT32?


Because FAT is almost universal, most OSes can read and write to FAT32
#5
padair
Because FAT is almost universal, most OSes can read and write to FAT32


But limits you to maximum file size of 4gb. OK as long as you don't store DVD ISO's or HD rips.
#6
you can store on NTFS (so read) just not write. Surprised this is cold. NAS enclosures are around £30 ish and Wireless Routers around £30.

No special software needed once you've set the drive up via the web interface.

Only first deal, will have to try harder next time!
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I quite like the look of it because it's exactly what I'm looking for at the moment. I'm thinking of getting the 1tb WD external HD from Comet, but want to use it as network storage. The only problem is I need the storage space for video editing, and raw footage takes up loads of space, with huge files often up to 25gb in size. So if it only supports FAT32 it won't be any use to me - I could format it as NTFS and keep the router and hard drive next to my desktop and have a USB cable between the desktop and external HD so that computer can write files to the drive, but that would mean that my laptop couldn't even write smaller files to the HD.

Also, how many USB ports does this have? It does say 'ports' on the website, so I'm assuming at least 2, which is good because I'd like both my printer and a hard drive to be on the network! Now if only I could find something similar that supports writing to NTFS formatted drives - are you absolutely sure it won't let me do this?

EDIT - After checking the router's manual from the Sitecom website I can confirm that this has 2 USB ports, and the manual does state 'NTFS partitions can only be shared as Read Only'. So does anyone know of a similar router that does allow writing to NTFS partitions?
#8
Looks pretty good to me! Upgrades by really old netgear router and lets me connect my printer and usb drives. seems ideal and an okayish price. would snap up and not think twice if it was a tad cheaper.

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