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My TV can record to USB-storage, which is quite common. What I would like was to record to my NAS instead, where there's plenty of room and recordings can be shared and managed better. So I'm looking for an adapter-thingy (hw/sw) that will make my NAS appear to the TV as a USB block storage device. Any ideas? Googling has turned up nothing.

Please note that this is the exact opposite of the very common scenario of making a USB device available as a networked drive. There are tons of solutions for that, so let me stress that I'm looking for the opposite: make my NAS appear as a physical USB drive that can plug straight into my TV, like so:

[NAS] ——— Ethernet ——— [adapter] ——— USB ——— [TV]
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Have you found a good device, yet? I'm looking, too - and I'd prefer a device with cable bound LAN for better performance. – BlaM Sep 1 '11 at 16:12
The simplest solution would be to buy instead a usb stick. These go today up to 512 gb. – harrymc Feb 16 '15 at 7:07
Another note on the bounty: answers that require buying an entire desktop PC to implement aren't particularly helpful either. Ideally I'd like a small, dedicated device for this. – detly Feb 16 '15 at 22:43
@detly: A usb stick fits exactly that requirement. – harrymc Feb 18 '15 at 21:13
@harrymc I thought it was pretty clear that both I and the OP don't want to constantly, manually shuffle files across from one storage device to another. But if you know of a USB stick that can access an SMB share while providing access to it via the USB, post that as an answer. – detly Feb 18 '15 at 21:50

I looked a bit further and the "Infinite USB Memory"-stick from Infinitec claims to do just this. Unfortunately it gets a pretty bad review from Engadget where it was reviewed yesterday (what an incredible coincidence, as I've been thinking about this for quite some time!). But while this particular product may not work very well it does actually offer the exact functionality I was looking for.

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"Infinite USB Memory"? Nice. Maybe the implementation is not good, but the concept can be used to create a better one. – Bobson Mar 11 '12 at 20:26
That first link is broken. Does this device (or a similar one) still exist? – detly Apr 27 '15 at 0:18

If your NAS is a Linux-based PC, maybe, just maybe you might, with a lot of work, get something like this PCI USB 2.0 Peripheral Controller to work. This PCI card adds a "peripheral side" USB port to your system, NOT a "host side" port. So the possibility is to turn your entire PC into a USB device connectible to another PC. I know Linux has support for "USB Gadgets" - with the proper programs running it would certainly seem possible.

If your NAS can expose Samba shares, you might be able to do something with a rooted Android phone. On my Droid, the SD card appears internally as /mnt/sdcard. Running Samba on it is certainly possible. I've never tried anything like mount -t cifs //192.168.X.X/mysambashare /mnt/sdcard/mysambashare and then tried to use the phone as a USB storage device ... If I have time to try it, I'll update.

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Have you tried connecting the NAS as a mapped network drive (so it shows up with a drive letter (H: for example)) rather than trying to use it as a network share accessible by //address/folder?

I've actually just gone blank but I believe you can map a network drive by right clicking on my computer or my network (assuming this is windows), I forget which.

If you aren't on windows, do please update us so we can help further.


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Thanks for the suggestion, but the networked drive must appear as a USB-device to my TV so there's no pc involved. I should have made this clearer and have just added a crude illustration to the question. – Richard Flamsholt Nov 26 '10 at 23:25
My apologies. Got me on that one. – WoodE Nov 26 '10 at 23:30

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