Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I bought an external hard drive which I would like to use for media storage. I managed to connect the HDD to the USB port of my wireless router and to use it as a network drive. So I can save movies on the external hard drive from my computer wirelessly.

Now I want to watch the movies on my TV. It works if I unplug the external hard drive from the router and connect it to the USB port of my TV. However I always have to do that manually.

I then tried to use a USB Hub but it did't work. It there any possibility that I use the HDD with the router and the TV at the same time?

share|improve this question
Welcome to Super User. Can you please tell us the brand of your router and your TV? This are important informations to help you. Please edit your post accordingly. – Uwe Plonus Jul 24 '13 at 7:21
Precisely, does you TV have network capabilities? If so, it should be easy to access a network drive. – who.knows Jul 24 '13 at 7:58

Very few TVs have it. In facts, they generally have few known codecs. I advise you to steer you towards a multimedia box Android TV or Apple TV if you have the financial ability to get one. Otherwise, lowcost solutions (I use one) like Raspberry PI + an embedded Raspbmc OS will allow you to recover all the desired content from your network share. It's very powerfull and easy to use.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.