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Freeagent 500 Hi there. IPlease excuse my ignorance on this matter - have a wireless home network and I want to include my freeagent 500 drive on it, but as a stand-alone drive, not through my pc.  How do I do this?  I can't seem to get any coherent advice and I'm hoping you can help me. Many thanks Mathew

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Hi, if you have a working wireless network at the moment, all you need to do is go my computer, right click on the drive you want to share, and click on share,
change the settings to what provides your needs best probably full access, wait till its done and that should be you..

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