Originally Posted by rui-no-onna
I know the OP's preferences. However, I also think he should be made aware of the downsides to his preferred route. Sure, he can just serve files from the router. However, in case he has files that don't play nice with any of his client devices, he'd have to transcode those on a computer. There's also the issue if he's got multiple clients accessing the HDD at the same time. He can probably forget about having a nice XBMC or Plex interface on the tablet, too.
I guess it's akin to this, if someone asks me what's the best knife to remove/install screws, I'd just tell that person to get a screwdriver.
i hope he realize your point. i agree having a dedicated server for specific task would be much better. but the objective of the thread starter is to lessen the use of electricity. yes you can have a low powered server that can server its purpose but the problem is you will use a router to connect all devices (that consume electricity) then set up a server (that consume electricity again)double jeopardy. if he wants to save electricity the router with usb support the immediate needs but have limitations.
my point is if he wants a router with usb then lets give him brands/model that will do task.
in the corporate world, if clients what this product then give him the product that he wants, you can give advice to a much preferred product but at the end of the day, you provide what the clients wants not what you want.
anyways it looks like the OP has already made a decision because he/she is not replying anymore.Edited by c4rock - 4/21/14 at 5:44pm