Sharing & Securing USB HDD's on your AirPort Extreme Base Station

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

I have just decided to move my home office back to the workplace.  I had been using an external HDD plugged into my Airport Extreme to store work data and accessed it with ease throughout anywhere in the home.  I am just discovering the wonders of "File Sharing" so I can keep the external HDD in place at home, and still be able to access the files from the work computer!

If you connect a USB hard disk to your AirPort Extreme Base Station, computers connected to the network, both wireless and wired, can use it to back up, store, and share files.

To share a USB hard disk on you network:

1 Plug the hard disk into the USB port on the back of the base station.

2 Open AirPort Utility. On a Mac it's located in the Applications > Utilities. On a Windows PC it's located in  Start > All Programs > AirPort.

3 Select your base station, and then choose Manual Setup from the Base Station menu, or double-click the base station to open its configuration in a separate window. Enter the base station password if necessary.

4 Click Disks in the toolbar, and then click File Sharing.

5 Choose “With a disk password,” or “With base station password” if you want to secure the shared disk with a password, or choose “With accounts” if you want to secure the disk using accounts.

If you choose to use accounts, click Configure Accounts, click the Add (+) button, and then enter a name and password for each user that will access the disk.

6 Choose “Not allowed,” “Read only,” or “Read and write” to assign guest access to the disk.

7 Select the “Share disks over Ethernet WAN port” checkbox if you want to provide remote access to the disk over the WAN port.

Comments (2)

Nogui Aramburo
Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS® - Raleigh, NC
Real Estate Professional in the Raleigh Area

Excellent Tip

Jun 17, 2010 07:13 AM
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

Great tip and I am wondering if it will also work with the Apple Time Capsule the same way.

Nov 08, 2010 04:12 PM