USB -> NAS with Cisco router

Hi,

If I plug a USB drive into a Cisco router will it effectively turn it into a NAS drive?

Thanks
J
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Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
No.  The USB port is for uploading software or for managing the router (depending on the model).
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
What Cisco router is that? I have a few Cisco/Linksys wireless routers that accept a thumb drive for that purpose.
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prositAuthor Commented:
Don,

Yeah that's not the case for me, it specifically says I can plug in an external drive.

Gerwin,

I don't remember (I'm not home at the moment), but it does say I can plug in a USB drive.  But does it make it available to the network like a NAS or in some other way?  I'd like to be able to see all my movies/pictures/music from every device but only spend $100 for 4tb USB as opposed to buying another NAS device which is a lot more expensive.
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
You can setup a share in your router configuration for that USB device. I'd test with a thumb drive if I were you because the speed of a USB device connected to the router isn't that great (did some testing a while ago).

When you are satisfied with the speed, be sure to check your manual if a 4Tb drive will work.

Here's an example of a review of such a device where the 'speed' of the connected drive is quite slow: http://www.cnet.com/products/linksys-e3200-high-performance-dual-band-n-router/2/
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Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
Sorry. I thought you meant a Cisco router (as in enterprise class).  BTW,  Cisco no longer owns Linksys.
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prositAuthor Commented:
Don,

Really I didn't know that, that's a bummer for linksys who sucked pretty bad before Cisco ;)

Gerwin,

Great point.  The USB port is blue hoping it's USB 3.0 but still I don't think it's as fast as network and since I'll be streaming mkv's the speed is definitely a factor.

I'll test it tomorrow and let you know.
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
Did a quick test for you, put a > 6G mkv on (slow) USB2  thumb drive.

Mapped a drive and played it, quality OK, no hick-ups.

I'd test with some portable USB (2.5") device if I were you.
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prositAuthor Commented:
Thank you!  It didn't actually work with my Boxee but I can see the drive as a NAS drive.. except a bit slower...
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