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    ##Hope they caught the brainless people who did that to the store !
    They did but being juveniles didn't get much punishment.

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    Thanks, starvinmarvin. Very helpful post.

    Well, I bought a router tonight (one USB 2.0 port and one USB 3.0), so I'll know in a couple of days, once my new ISP has set up, whether or not things work the way I expect.

    Thanks, everyone, for your help. (The Radio Shack discussion is interesting, too!

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    I'll just expand on mrjimphelps post. I added the WDCLOUD drive to the usb port of my router. Purpose of this drive is to have your own cloud. (i was getting uncomfortable with all the free cloud drives everyone was giving me). Data transfer between my desktop and my WDCLOUD drive was slow like the other cloud drives. This is a wired LAN with Cat5e cable. I spent more $$ and upgraded the desktop to a gigabyte NIC and a router that had USB 3.0.

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    Wouldn't it be cool if I plug my USB mouse into my router and then use it on both my Win7 laptop and my Surface device.......
    Thanks John
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    If I connect a USB drive to my wireless router, is there any possibility that a hacker could get access to that drive?

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    Red face Router with USB drive connected.

    Quote Originally Posted by sewlady View Post
    If I connect a USB drive to my wireless router, is there any possibility that a hacker could get access to that drive?
    This setup should be password protected. Encryption might provide another level of warm fuzzy feelings.

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    The router is password protected, but with effort, couldn't a hacker possibly guess the password? I mean, the router doesn't have a "three tries and you're locked out" system like the banks do.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fritzer View Post
    This setup should be password protected. Encryption might provide another level of warm fuzzy feelings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magicspeller View Post
    ...Or can I just unplug the hard drive and printer from my PC and plug them into the router?...
    I have rarely attended customers who had ADSL router with USB port(s). Only one wanted to connect a Canon USB printer scanner to the router. After much hassle I was able to get it to work as a printer (in a fashion), but the scanner refused to work point-blank.

    The documentation that came with the router had a link to a website listing of compatible printers; the customers Canon was listed as compatible.

    Within a couple of days the customer called me back to set the printer/scanner back up as a shared printer on their Vista PC.

    Plugging a USB HDD into a router might make a bit more sense, but why not simply file-share between your computers across the network?

    As far as printers go, a decent inkjet printer/scanner with WiFi and/or ethernet connection should cost less than $100 these days. If you do a lot of printing (<>500pages per month) you probably need a laser printer (much cheaper per page). A mono laser network printer should be about $150, while a colour laser network printer/scanner should be around $300.

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