Originally Posted by Limoges_box_builder
So if a wifi router is only good for small use of an external hard drive, then how do you suggest I make my USB 3.0 external hard drive visible tot he rest of my home network (without leaving it plugged into my desk top PC).?
Use a NAS. Many have USB 3.0 ports and you can connect USB 3.0 hard drives to them. They will share files much faster than a router.
Of course you can also plug a USB 3.0 drive into a USB 2.0 socket. On a router it may not make much of a difference in speed since it's so CPU-constrained. On a NAS or a PC it will slow it down, but it will still work fine.