Accesing an External Harddrive via my wireless router (BT HomeHub)

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by loztheguru, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. loztheguru macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2006
    Ive just realised my BT homehub wireless router has a USB port, which has rather excited me as it opens up the possibility of freeing up a USB port on my MacBook, which is currently occupied by my Lacie external hardrive.

    I hoped it be as simple as plugging the drive into the routers usb port and watching it pop up in finder. Alas not so. Ive plugged the drive in, but nothings showing up in OS X. What am I doing wrong?
  2. dubhe macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Norwich, UK
    It might only be for a printer. On my Orange LiveBox I could go into the settings of the box and see the ports. Can't remember much more as with Sky now!
  3. reclusivemonkey macrumors 6502


    Jun 2, 2008
    Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, UK
    It is possible, although I did read on the BT Forums a while back that some people had problems with the HomeHub breaking some external drives. Proceed with caution!

    I have plugged in a USB drive previously and that was found without a problem, but I have just tried with a different USB stick and it is not recognised. You might want to ask on the BT Forums to see if anyone there has a better idea of how to get it working; I think its down to your BT Hub, and not to do with your Mac although I could be wrong.

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