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We just got a Linksys E4200 router that includes USB 2.0 and a built-in UPnP AV Media Server. What is the best storage device to get so that we can catalog and store all of our several hundred CD's we have... and be able to download and/or play/listen to the music?

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Re: Network USB Media Server

I would use something like the Fantom drives with triple connection capability, then it can be added to a faster system in the future when you decide a 100mb network isn't fast enough. Plus they're quiet and energy efficient.
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Re: Network USB Media Server

The E4200 already offers faster speeds, although I am not sure I would need it.

I see were there are some others having issues with their computer recognizing the Fantom with the USB 2.0, so I am wondering if it is UPnP and will work with the E4200. I tried an Iomega external 2.0 drive I had last night and it would not work.

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Re: Network USB Media Server

After a quick read through the userguide I guess it does have gigabit wired networking. As far as your external not working it looks as though it has to be formatted in FAT32, if it's formatted NTFS that could explain why it doesn't work. Pretty much all the externals I've seen use the umsd driver so there shouldn't be much for compatibility issues.
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Yep... I suspect it is formatted NTFS. I stuck a FAT32 USB thumb drive in there and it works fine.

I don't see the advantages of it being a "media server". It looks just like another drive on the network to me.

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Hmmm ... here is a list of compatible hard drives and several of the NTFS drives passed.

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The Seagate FreeAgent Go 500GB appears to be FAT32 and NTFS compatible for about a hundred bucks.

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Re: Network USB Media Server

You should be able to reformat your existing Iomega drive to fat32 by right clicking on the icon under "computer" and selecting format, make sure the file system is set to fat32 and uncheck "quick format," give it a label if you want to, and click start. If you want to save the files that are on there copy them to another drive before you format, then copy them back afterwards.

In order for dlna devices such as a Ps3 to see the drive you'll have to set up that feature in the routers configuration, which didn't look too complicated.
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Re: Network USB Media Server

Yeah... I am planning on reformatting it.

I guess what I was getting confused about was the difference between a media server and a media player. The router will act as a media server when connected to a digital media player... otherwise it simply gives us a networked storage device when used with an external hard drive. I suppose that is all we really need.

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Media server simply provides a networked data storage location that is receptive to / compatible with software (or software built into a device) that is designed to look for network data sources of the right flavor. UPnP, DLNA, etc. are standards (although that term should be used loosely here since incompatibilities abound), so in theory, if you have a DLNA compatible media server, any software that is DLNA compatible should be able to find your networked media collection and use it as a data source.
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