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blakemere
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connect external hdd to home hub

Hi,can i hook up an external hdd to the hh6,using the usb port,i want to be able to view and use files stored on it over my home wifi network,just had an online chat with BT who said it wasnt possible,when i questioned why they disconnected the chat ??? any ideas please

 

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licquorice
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Re: connect external hdd to home hub

Yes, just map a network drive to \\192.168.1.254\usb1.  If you are using W10 you will need to enable SMB1 as it deprecated and disabled by default.  Go to Control panel > Programs > Turn Windows features on or off > Expand SMB1.0/CIFS File sharing support and tick SMB1.0/CIFS Client

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Keith_Beddoe
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Welcome to this user forum.

You can, but it will be very slow and can be unreliable.

See https://community.bt.com/t5/Home-setup-Wi-Fi-network/Smart-Hub-6-or-HH6-USB-biggest-hard-drive-it-ca...

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blakemere
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cheers ,thought you could just cant understand why bt said you couldnt ??????

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licquorice
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Because it wasn't on their script so it was easier for them to say no.

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Gasman2020
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Re: connect external hdd to home hub

I have managed to get network access of a drive connected to the hub USB port working with a number of thumb drives, sd cards in an adapter and also with a 320GB USB2 portable HDD. Although I had no great expectations, it does seem to work although the speed is not great. I haven't had problems with instability in general. However, I have been completely unable to connect a WD portable external 1T HDD. This disk is a USB3 model. The drive appears to spin up but is not accessible.

USB3 is supposed to be backwards compatible with USB2 although it does support higher power requrement devices - 900mA vs 500mA. USB HDD dives should work at 500mA but it would seem that read write cycles probably push this to the limit. I would be intersted if this is one of the issues that users have come up against when trying to use HDD on the BTHub.

Just wondered if anyone has had any sucess with any USB3 devices or if this is expecting too much form my BTHub6? I am awaiting a USB volt/current dongle to check what is happening.

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licquorice
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My SH2 won't power up a Toshiba USB3 external drive although it works fine with thumb drives. Keep meaning to get a powered USB hub to see if that gets it to work.

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I have a WD USB3 portable hard drive connected to my SH2 and works ok and accessible on my network



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licquorice
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Just to clarify, is that a USB powered or external powered device?

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USB powered



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