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Wireless Harddrive

I would like a wireless hard drive to be able to access and play videos from my cell phone. Any recommendations?
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Why does it have to be wireless?

Create a folder on your computer and share it. Use a program like VLC to access the shared folder from your cell phone
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Gee wrote: Why does it have to be wireless?

Create a folder on your computer and share it. Use a program like VLC to access the shared folder from your cell phone
Never really liked VLC interface, but will give it a try.
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yellowlight18 wrote: Never really liked VLC interface, but will give it a try.
You didn't mention what cell phone you had. But regardless, you just need to share a folder on your computer.

VLC is available on both Android and iOS, the interface is touch friendly and not like the computer

If you want specific apps.

iOS - nPlayer
Android - MX Player
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Gee wrote: You didn't mention what cell phone you had. But regardless, you just need to share a folder on your computer.

VLC is available on both Android and iOS, the interface is touch friendly and not like the computer

If you want specific apps.

iOS - nPlayer
Android - MX Player
I have android. Once the shared folder is set up, does the computer need to be always to access it from phone?
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yellowlight18 wrote: I have android. Once the shared folder is set up, does the computer need to be always to access it from phone?
Yes, the computer needs to be constantly on. Can't access it if it is off.

I found the best combination for Android is

ES File Explorer to view the file or any file explorer that supports SAMBA and MX Player Pro to play the video. VLC does work well but it is more heavy on resources. But it has direct support for network streaming

Ideally, what you want is the Toshiba Canvio portable WiFi with USB. This creates a WiFi access point and allows you share anything connected to the USB port. That includes any 2.5" portable hard drive. I use this in my car for any passengers that want to stream movies on a long trip




Unfortunately, Toshiba as a company has exited the IT space and this is no longer available. You maybe able to find it on eBay. I actually purchased a few of these for ~54$ and they work great. I have spares kicking around, just need to find them.
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You can use a router and attach a external drive to it. The drive will always be running though.
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vkizzle wrote: Lol, I bought one during that sale.
i still got mine, using as powerbank only
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yellowlight18 wrote: I would like a wireless hard drive to be able to access and play videos from my cell phone. Any recommendations?
for what scenario? its cheaper more convenient to just buy a very large micro sd card if your travelling. at home you use a share on your network.
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killoverme wrote: You can use a router and attach a external drive to it. The drive will always be running though.
hd-idle or hdparm for dd-wrt or openwrt. One or the other will work. You can also double check usb settings if it supports drives and they may offer a spindown setting my old padavan does. If you use an external drive from say seagate or wd download their software and you can program it to spindown on its own without hdparm or hd-idle.

The only thing that can give you pause is when sharing thru usb port of your router. There is no clear way to block it from internet acess as it shares the ip of the router.

My advice...an rpi 4 wired to your router and install omv and use it as a nas share and pihole. Then as you become more familiar think about other docker programs you want. Like those with smart Iot use an rpi for home assistant. Or...set up the rpi as a media player and you can use it as a media player and run pihole, act as a nas in the background at the same time.
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