USB hub with built-in ethernet?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by shinji, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. shinji macrumors 65816


    Mar 18, 2007
    Does this exist?

    I want a device which lets me plug multiple hard drives into it so it can act like a hub, but which also allows me to access any of the drives over the network when I want to. A NAS wouldn't work because I want the ability to remove the drive without having to put it in another enclosure etc. I'd rather just swap it and go.

    I drew a picture:

    So's like a usb hub, except you can choose whether you want to use usb to access everything connected to it OR you can choose to use ethernet.

    Edit: Would this work if I have up the ability to have multiple drievs and just put everything on that?
  2. Labaguette macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2010
    Good ol' Germany
    hey there,

    you could just grab a NAS which allows sticks and HDs connected via USB. For example the Seagate BlackArmor 220 or the LaCie Network Space 2 (which i have) and just access all drives on the USB ports via LAN.

  3. shinji thread starter macrumors 65816


    Mar 18, 2007
    Ahh, does the LaCie allow me to connect the usb drive directly to something else as well? Like let's say a device that isn't network-enabled also needs access to the drive and has a usb port...can that still work here? My understanding is that the USB port on NAS drives is for you add an additional hard drive, not to use the drive as if it were a regular USB drive.
  4. skorpien macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Based on the product page of the LaCie that Labaguette linked, it's possible to access the drive via either USB or Ethernet. A word of warning however, do not connect it using both at the same time. You will surely corrupt any data on the drive assuming it will work at all.

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