Jan 4 2023
Can you use an external hard drive with Dish Network?
For an External Hard Drive to be compatible with a DISH HD receiver, it must meet the following requirements: Have its own power supply. Be between 50GB and 2TB in size.
Unlocking the potential of the Dish Network External Hard Drive
Adding an external hard drive to the Dish Network is a great way to get more storage capacity – but did you know there are ways to hack and fine tune the external drive to get even more from it? Here’s a look at how you can get the most from your Dish Network external hard drive.
Install Media Center for Direct Recording
The Dish Network DVR can easily be connected to an external hard drive and used to store recordings, but if you want to take it one step further and use some advanced features, you’ll want to install a media center on the external hard drive. Apple’s iTunes, Windows Media Player and Plex can all be used to record directly to the external drive – thereby allowing you to store and access more recordings than the native Dish Network DVR.
Music, Movies, and More
Installing a media center app on the external drive is also the key to unlocking many audio and video content options. Once a media center app is installed, you can do things like streaming music from sites like Pandora, play movies from Netflix, or even access content stored on your home computer.
Watch Live TV and Record from Mobile Devices
Another benefit of being able to connect your Dish Network external hard drive to a computer is that it allows you to stream live TV and even record programs from mobile devices. You can stream Dish Network content on your computer or tablet, and set the DVR to record programs from the same computer or device – meaning you’ll never miss a show no matter where you are.
Transfer Recordings and View on Other Devices
Finally, you can use your external hard drive to transfer recordings to other devices. You can watch recordings made on the Dish Network DVR on computers, tablets, and streaming devices like Roku and Chromecast.
Unlock the Potential of Your Dish Network External Hard Drive
By hacking your Dish Network external hard drive, you can greatly expand its potential. Here’s a quick summary of what you can do with a little bit of tinkering:
- Install a media center app and get access to streaming audio/video services
- Watch live TV from mobile devices
- Transfer recordings to other devices to watch
So don’t let your Dish Network external hard drive be a passive storage device; put it to work, and get more out of your technology!