Airport Extreme + Hard Disk + iPad (or Android)

Just received an Apple Airport Extreme Base Station for Christmas to replace my Aztech Wireless Router.

Just like my Aztech router, Apple’s Airport Extreme has a USB behind it which can be used for printers and hard drives.

Now, why would I want to install a hard disk on my home network?

We have lots of mobile devices (Tablets and Smartphones) and none of them has a memory of more than 16GB… Biggest issue we always face is when watching movies and TV shows…

Having a network drive allows us to have access to hundreds of media files which are presently in our library.

Connecting a hard disk to my router was easy… Viewing its contents from my iMac and our Windows 7 laptop was also easy. My biggest problem was viewing the files using our iPad/iPhone and Android Tablet/Smartphone.

After a couple of days of searching the right FREE apps… I finally figured it out.

Just incase you have the same problem… I hope this helps:

Set up the Airport Extreme

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Write your LAN IP Address on a piece of paper… You’ll need it later.

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Click “Edit”

Go to “Disks”

Select your hard disk.

Under “Secure Shared Disks” select “With a disk password”, then enter your password.

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For iPad

Connect to your Wifi Network.

Install a File Manager (FileExplorer Free (By Steven Zhang))

Then create a “New Connection”

Create a name, then enter your router’s IP Address.

Turn off the “Login as Guest” option, for username I just entered “admin” then just enter your password.

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For Galaxy Note 2

I used ES File Explorer File Manager 

Just select “Lan” then enter the IP Address, username and password.

Available FREE iOS Apps… Tested…

FileExplorer Free (By Steven Zhang) – With the free version, I am unable to delete files on my network drive.

NetPortalLite – Free version CANNOT play video files

Remote File Browser – Free version has a limit on the number of times you can use it to play video files

Since iOS Apps mentioned above are free versions, they will also not play .avi files.


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