External Hard Drives

I'm looking for a way to connect the USB HD's that I had connected to my Airport Extreme via hub to Eero - any suggestions

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  • It can't connect directly to the eero right now, probably not ever. There are a few ways to make it attach to a network like NAS or adapters that have ethernet and USB connections allowing externals to be connected to networks (I've heard mixed reviews on these). Can you not disable router functionality along with DHCP and wifi on the airport so that you don't have to invest in any additional hardware?

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  • I use a Pogo Drive that is only marginally useful. I do miss being able to plug my USB drive right into the router and have it available to all.

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  • @FuzzyG I disabled the wifi, but forgot to scratch the DHCP - I'll give it a shot. Thanks.

    @susandennis - I looked at the pogo drive but the reviews were so-so.  I was thinking about a Joruby USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet NIC/LAN Network Adapter and connecting it to a hub.  

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  • RunningwiththeDevil Did it work?

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  • I just hope the USB ports can be used for HDD in the future.  That would be a great feature.

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  • I was deeply disappointed to find out that the eero USB port won't support a hard drive.  On my old router, like many people, i had a drive loaded with music that played easily on my Sonos.  When I emailed eero about this, they said they currently have no plans to make the USB port useful, and writing about it on the eero community page might help the issue get traction, and that is the best thing I can do.  So, everyone, please squawk about this. It's a very basic feature on most routers, and for the price eero really should have this functionality.

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  • Back on "Black Friday" eero advertised that there is a USB 2.0 port in you technoligy section "Dual auto-sensing Gigabit ports for WAN (cable or DSL modem) and/or LAN (networked device) connectivity, USB 2.0 port"  was deceptive and needed to include the caveat I found in the help center "printers can also be connected to your eeros via Ethernet. The USB port on your eero is currently only for diagnostic".  The technology statement the general public is lead to beleive this would be something we would be able to connect either a printer or external drive and not for diagnostics. I shouldn't have had to look at the help area to find out after the fact when I tried to set one of these up that it is totally useless to me.  It's like a car salesman telling me I have one but oh by the way it is for our use, not your's.  I talk to customer support and they agreed that it was misleading!  I looked today and the technology section still doesn't contain the caveat -  currently only for diagnostic! 

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  • Hi NicevilleSteve

    Thanks for the feedback. I am sorry for any misunderstanding there may have been. I'm happy to pass along this feedback to the appropriate team.

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  • This is a bummer for me as well! I have a printer and 2 ext hard drivers that are connected via USB to my airport extreme. I've never found the wifi connection on low-end printers to be reliable, but I'd the printer shared over the network. Also, I'd much rather have a standard & simple USB drive than have to host the drive on the network and deal with an addition ethernet > USB adapter.

     

    This is all to say: +1 for this feature request :)

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  • Just adding another frustrated user -- same use case -- had an Airport Extreme with an external hard drive and all was well with centralized back-ups avail to all laptops on network -- now that seems a no go despite USB port so thinking about returning the silly things...

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  • Another one here who switched from Netgear with a routed hard drive, only to find the eero USB is useless.  :(  I had it set up for family use with the old router, so that we could all access the files.  Now it's just a pain. 

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