I got this harddrive from my family as a gift. Got it out, started hooking it up, then I realized it's a network harddrive. Is there a way to hook it up standard USB/Firewire so I can save files directly to it?
Nope, only way is over the network. The USB port is for an external drive.
if you have USB 2 IDE/SATA adapter, you can use it as a USB external harddisk
I saw something in the user guide that you can connect it to your computer through the ethernet cable. Go onto WD website and get the user guide and i think i saw it in the troubleshoot section. Hopefully you have wireless too.