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    Issues connecting to USB storage on Wireless Router

    Hi

    Please can i ask for advice on my issue?

    I have a WD N900 Central Wireless Router, this comes with 2tb internal HDD and also has a USB port for connecting storage.

    My issue is that upon setting up the Storage on the router it gives me options for Share(Samba) DLNA, FTP and iTunes to select as attributes, however no matter which one of these I select the storage does not appear in my 'browse network' area, unless i choose an option for afp server. If I select the afp server it will appear in the list to select, ask me for credentials and try connecting. It will however only open up the public folder contained with kaffeine.

    I can access it via firefox with ftp://192.168.1.1/blahblahblah...

    What am I doing wrong?

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    Re: Issues connecting to USB storage on Wireless Router

    I would expect that access would only be available using the IP address, not by browsing. I have a WD HD TV Live that shares USB drives on the network. No password needed, only FAT32 (or maybe NTFS) formatted disks work.

    That means if you select samba, then you'd access it with \\192.168.1.1\ and browse from there from MS-Windows. In a Linux world, smb://192.168.1.1/ is what I'd expect. Of course, if your DNS or /etc/hosts file has an IP/hostname cross-ref, then you CAN use the hostname instead of the IP.

    I am able to mount the WDTV on Linux with this:
    Code:
    mkdir ~/wdtv
    sudo mount -t cifs //wdtv/usb-drive /home/thefu/wdtv  -o rw,uid=thefu
    Clear as mud?

    Of course, I don't have the same device that you do, so this stuff might not apply at all. Hopefully the examples will be useful to someone, if not you.

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    Re: Issues connecting to USB storage on Wireless Router

    Cheers mate, will try that code tomorrow see if it works. Is there a gui for samba mounting?

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    Re: Issues connecting to USB storage on Wireless Router

    Quote Originally Posted by bookabooka View Post
    Cheers mate, will try that code tomorrow see if it works. Is there a gui for samba mounting?
    Don't know. I've never used a GUI for this. GUIs are just another layer of things to break and hide some of the more powerful options. Don't fear the CLI/shell.

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    Re: Issues connecting to USB storage on Wireless Router

    Hi Tried the code but something went awry...

    Please see what terminal gave me in return.

    :~$ sudo mount -t cifs //192.168.1.1/Hitachi_HDS721010DLE630_69/ -o rw,uid=films
    Usage: mount -V : print version
    mount -h : print this help
    mount : list mounted filesystems
    mount -l : idem, including volume labels
    So far the informational part. Next the mounting.
    The command is `mount [-t fstype] something somewhere'.
    Details found in /etc/fstab may be omitted.
    mount -a [-t|-O] ... : mount all stuff from /etc/fstab
    mount device : mount device at the known place
    mount directory : mount known device here
    mount -t type dev dir : ordinary mount command
    Note that one does not really mount a device, one mounts
    a filesystem (of the given type) found on the device.
    One can also mount an already visible directory tree elsewhere:
    mount --bind olddir newdir
    or move a subtree:
    mount --move olddir newdir
    One can change the type of mount containing the directory dir:
    mount --make-shared dir
    mount --make-slave dir
    mount --make-private dir
    mount --make-unbindable dir
    One can change the type of all the mounts in a mount subtree
    containing the directory dir:
    mount --make-rshared dir
    mount --make-rslave dir
    mount --make-rprivate dir
    mount --make-runbindable dir
    A device can be given by name, say /dev/hda1 or /dev/cdrom,
    or by label, using -L label or by uuid, using -U uuid .
    Other options: [-nfFrsvw] [-o options] [-p passwdfd].
    For many more details, say man 8 mount .
    bookabooka@bookabooka:~$ sudo mount -t cifs //192.168.1.1/Hitachi_HDS721010DLE630_69/ -o rw,uid=films
    Usage: mount -V : print version
    mount -h : print this help
    mount : list mounted filesystems
    mount -l : idem, including volume labels
    So far the informational part. Next the mounting.
    The command is `mount [-t fstype] something somewhere'.
    Details found in /etc/fstab may be omitted.
    mount -a [-t|-O] ... : mount all stuff from /etc/fstab
    mount device : mount device at the known place
    mount directory : mount known device here
    mount -t type dev dir : ordinary mount command
    Note that one does not really mount a device, one mounts
    a filesystem (of the given type) found on the device.
    One can also mount an already visible directory tree elsewhere:
    mount --bind olddir newdir
    or move a subtree:
    mount --move olddir newdir
    One can change the type of mount containing the directory dir:
    mount --make-shared dir
    mount --make-slave dir
    mount --make-private dir
    mount --make-unbindable dir
    One can change the type of all the mounts in a mount subtree
    containing the directory dir:
    mount --make-rshared dir
    mount --make-rslave dir
    mount --make-rprivate dir
    mount --make-runbindable dir
    A device can be given by name, say /dev/hda1 or /dev/cdrom,
    or by label, using -L label or by uuid, using -U uuid .
    Other options: [-nfFrsvw] [-o options] [-p passwdfd].
    For many more details, say man 8 mount .

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    Re: Issues connecting to USB storage on Wireless Router

    Looks to me like you didn't tell it where to mount. It appears only the source dir is listed above - the target is missing.
    The trailing / looks funny on the source directory too. Or did I miss a space somewhere? The target directory **should** be empty - otherwise all the files unside and under it will be hidden by the mount.

    When something like this happens, always check the man page - man mount to ensure the command works on your system like it works on other peoples'. Sometimes commands have differences between versions/distros.

    There is also a tool called smbtree that will show all the samba/NT shares on a LAN. It is handy to verify that a specific file system is actually being shared. I often forget to share on my Windows laptop - it isn't always powered on, isn't always sharing certain areas that need manual sharing setup after every reboot. I miss rc.local on windows.
    Last edited by TheFu; July 20th, 2013 at 03:03 PM. Reason: smbtree ref.

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    Re: Issues connecting to USB storage on Wireless Router

    open nautilus and click on the "Go" menu item, in the drop down choose Location, then type in the IP of your WD drive like this
    Code:
    smb://192.168.0.38/
    and it should appear. let's check that first before we actually mount it locally
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    Re: Issues connecting to USB storage on Wireless Router

    I knew where nautilus was on 10.10 bit on 12.10 I am having difficulty finding anything. I'm not that happy with 12.10...

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    Re: Issues connecting to USB storage on Wireless Router

    if you're using the default Unity, then just simply type in the word Nautilus in the dash.
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    Re: Issues connecting to USB storage on Wireless Router

    Cheers dannyboy, doing it that way worked a treat. I am confused though why it works that way and not the conventional way.

    How would I go about mounting these or maybe even map them as a network drive much like windows (blasphemy) does? f

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