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This article explains how to add an external hard drive to your home network. When you need to add an external hard drive to your network, your hard drive needs to have a network card.The network card is needed for the device to be setup and configured on the network.

A hard drive with a network card is a NAS server. A NAS, which stands for Network access server is a device which is a hardrive that comes with a network port.

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The network port on the NAS is then connected to your home network router or switch.

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The NAS can be purchased based on your hard drive size requirement.

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The following are some common FAQ related to NAS setup, configuration and access control.

FAQ

1. How to setup external hard drive on the network

The external hard drive or NAS is connected to the home network router or switch using ethernet cable. The device is configured with an IP address, through which users on the network access the device.

The ethernet cable is used to connect the network port of the NAS to the port on the home router or switch. The IP address is the identify of you external hard drive on the network, through which any authorized user can upload and share the files.

2. What are some brands of NAS servers

1. The BUFFALO LinkStation is a good brand which makes NAS servers. The size of the NAS servers include 2TB, 4TB, 8TB, 16TB etc.

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2. The TERRAMASTER F2-210 is another brand which supports various size. It is compatible with common operating systems like Linux, Windows, iOS, Mac, Android.

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3. What IP address can I configure for the external hard drive

Let us assume that you are using the IP address range of 192.168.1.1 – 192.168.1.100 on your home network. Any IP address in this range , which is not used by any other device on the network can be configured for the NAS device.

4. How to ensure that unauthorized users does not access the NAS server

The NAS can be configured with unique username and passwords for each user that logs into it. Using this setting , unauthorized access to the NAS server can be blocked.

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5. How do I access the files on my NAS external hard drive

NAS server can be accessed through mobile app or through a web interface. When accessing the NAS through the web interface, you provide the IP address of the NAS.

Once connected to the interface, you can then log into the NAS with your pre-configured user name and password and can then access the files on it.