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Can't access readyshare folders from internet

wootletootle
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Can't access readyshare folders from internet

I recently purchased a Netgear N300 Wireless ADSL2+ modem/router
model # DGN 2200v3

After having configured the USB settings as best I could, I seem only
to be able to access the USB share externally as admin (i.e. the web page
asks for a username/password but will only accept that of the router
admin). Naturally I want to be able to give designated WAN users
access to the share without disclosing my admin password.

Specifically on connecting to the share via the browser I get a pop-up
"Authentication required" with username/password fields. If the
admin username/password is not entered then the response is
"Anonymous user not allowed"

In the Netgear Router Manager I have enabled "FTP (via Internet)"
on port 21. For the share I have enabled read/write access as
"All - no password"

[In addition I enabled Guest Access to the local network, but
even then the password (no password required so I entered
a random string) was not accepted.]

What must I do to activate the share for an external user?

Thank you
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wootletootle
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Re: Can't access readyshare folders from internet

This is from evilC:

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To also add to an old thread... (This thread is hit #1 in google for "netgear usb storage ftp server" so I guess this thread is a good place to discuss this topic)

As far as I can tell, the external FTP component of this feature SIMPLY DOES NOT WORK for anonymous access ("All - no password" mode).

This has to be quite the most abysmal implementation I have ever seen. If an IT admin such as myself cannot get it to work, I do not fancy the chances of the layman user.

And to clarify, connecting via ftp://readyshare.routerlogin.net is useless for external connections as this address simply redirects to the IP that the connection came from (So you do not need to know your own WAN IP)

For example, with a share set up with the following parameters...
USB Device: U:
File System: FAT
Folder: U:\misc
Share Name: test
Read Access: All - No password

... the following happens:
(Using command-line FTP, hitting ENTER for username and password)

C:\Users\evilC>ftp evilc.dyndns.org
Connected to evilc.dyndns.org.
220 bftpd 2.2.1 at 192.168.0.1 ready.
User (evilc.dyndns.orgSmiley Sadnone)):
331 Password please.
Password:
530 Anonymous user not allowed.
530 Login incorrect.
Login failed.

I also tried anonymous login, as well as guest/(blank) as in some netgear manuals it says that the username for All - no password mode is "guest".

Conversely, using the admin login, everything works:

C:\Users\evilC>ftp evilc.dyndns.org
Connected to evilc.dyndns.org.
220 bftpd 2.2.1 at 192.168.0.1 ready.
User (evilc.dyndns.orgSmiley Sadnone)): admin
331 Password please.
Password:
230 User logged in.
ftp> ls -al
200 PORT 192.168.0.10:51434 OK
150 BINARY data connection established.
shares
226 Directory list has been submitted.
ftp: 8 bytes received in 0.00Seconds 8.00Kbytes/sec.

And before anyone says that you need to connect to evilc.dyndns.org/shares/test or whatever, FTP simply does not work like that - you log into the server as a whole and it then puts you in a "home folder" from where you need to traverse to the folder you require. If you put for example ftp://myserver.com/1/2 into a web browser or windows file explorer, it tries to connect to myserver.com, then once logged in will do an automatic cd /1/2
FTP is not like a web server where you can directly connect to a subfolder - eg connecting to an apache subfolder that is protected with htpasswd.

So without being able to connect to the server anonymously, I see no way that it can possibly work - you should be able to connect anon and have permission to browse to the shares folder, from where it shows the shares that you have permission to access.

Tested with a Netgear DGN3500
......................................................................................................

It looks as if this model (Netgear DGN3500) and my own Netgear router
(Netgear 2200v3) may be disfunctional. Does this constitute grounds
for a refund/return under the warrantee system. I am really quite disappointed because in other respects I quite like the product..... :confused:
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theTechman05
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Re: Can't access readyshare folders from internet

I would think the positiom you open to is designated by your username/password. If the it guy went oops and didn't set your home folder, you would have to dig to get to yor respective site page.

I would havw thought with no password the user name would be admin and then no password.

My thought on second post would be that uf you knew you were looking for aspecific folder you had access to you could set it up like some pages do. If its set up you shiuld be able to do start at //ipaddress/NetGear/stuff and be right there to your stuff.

Sorry if I didn't help to solve your solution but I hope I gave uou some helpfull information.
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wootletootle
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Re: Can't access readyshare folders from internet

@theTechman05: Thanks for your help

theTechman05 wrote:
I would think the positiom you open to is designated by your username/password. If the it guy went oops and didn't set your home folder, you would have to dig to get to yor respective site page.


Do you mean that the remote user should be registered on my computer?
I tested this, but get the response

530 Anonymous user not allowed.

I would havw thought with no password the user name would be admin and then no password.


Even this fails. The only way to connect that I have found is to give
the router login details, i.e. usermame "admin" and then the router
password.


My thought on second post would be that uf you knew you were looking for aspecific folder you had access to you could set it up like some pages do. If its set up you shiuld be able to do start at //ipaddress/NetGear/stuff and be right there to your stuff


Unfortunately it still doesn't work (same error message)

I have no problem accessing router USB storage from within the
home network. The problem is to do the same from the WAN
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