Almost all routers have at least one USB input, and that input can be used as a network storage receptacle. I had been eyeing the SanDisk line for just a few weeks when I saw the USB 3 (backward compatible, of course) go on sale for ... well, it was a VERY aggressive price point!
As soon as I got it home and unwrapped it, breezed through the directions for anything "funny" I should know, then plugged it in. The router IMMEDIATELY recognized it and on the routers maintenance page I could even name the drive.
Additionally, virtually every device connected to our home network could, also, IMMEDIATELY see the new "drive". Further, the performance is OUTSTANDING! we were lucky enough to get a router with a USB 3 socket, so we are enjoying the FULL PERFORMANCE BENEFITS OF THE DEVICE AS WELL AS THE RELIABILITY AND STABILITY ASSOCIATED WITH SANDISK PRODUCTS !!!
In hindsight, I should have held out and gotten the 512GB drive; however, that is small potatoes. As time goes on we'll relegate this drive to an off-network back-up device and get the "new" 2 TB version at some point in ... the next few months!?!?
What a plan !!!