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
Write your LAN IP Address on a piece of paper… You’ll need it later.
Go to “Disks”
Select your hard disk.
Under “Secure Shared Disks” select “With a disk password”, then enter your password.
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.
For Galaxy Note 2
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.