Reply

Re: Connect to a usb drive in a N900 router from Linux

venik212
Luminary

Connect to a usb drive in a N900 router from Linux

I have a WNDR4500 (N900) router, with a usb flash drive.  I am having trouble acccessing the usb drive from Linux.  The file manager sees the usb drive, but other programs cannot connect to it, so I cannot use it for backup (which is what I bought it for).  I tried FTP to it, but I do not know who the host is, etc.  I would prefer to use rsync, so if anyone knows the rsync command line for it that would be great.  I want it to be protected by a username and password, but how will rsync provide those in its command line?

Do I need to used Samba for it?  I don't have Samba installed, and would rather keep it that way..

Thanks.

Model: WNDR4500|N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router|EOL
Message 1 of 5
antinode
Guru

Re: Connect to a usb drive in a N900 router from Linux

> I have a WNDR4500 (N900) router, [...]

   Hardware version (Plain/[v1], "v2", "v3", ...)?  Firmware version?

> [...] I am having trouble acccessing the usb drive from Linux. [...]

   When you do what, exactly?

> [...] I tried FTP to it, but I do not know who the host is, etc. [...]

   Visit http://netgear.com/support , put in your model number, and look
for Documentation.  Get the User Manual.  Look for "USB Storage Advanced
Settings".

> [...] Do I need to used Samba for it? [...]

   That would be the most common mode of operation, but FTP seems to be
available as an option.

> [...] I don't have Samba installed, [...]

   Are you sure?  Or did you simply not configure it?

> [...] The file manager sees the usb drive, [...]

   How?  What is it "seeing"?  My guess would be a SMB-shared drive
(because that's what I'd expect the router to offer by default).

> [...] I would prefer to use rsync, [...]

   To do what, exactly?  I don't use rsync, so I know nothing, but I'd
expect that to require rsync to be running on the router, and I doubt
that it is.

   You might get further if you explained the actual problem which you
are trying to solve, rather than asking how to implement some particular
"solution" to it, whatever it might be.

Message 2 of 5
venik212
Luminary

Re: Connect to a usb drive in a N900 router from Linux

I stuck a 256 gb USB flash drive into the router, and am trying to use it for backing up several linux Mint computers which use this router.  I ran into all sorts of problems:  permission issues (file system format?), USB drive not discovered by the OS, etc.  Netgear advertised that router giving the impression thhat this was possible, but it seems to be false advertisement.  I tried it from Windows, where I had more success, but this should work regardless of the OS, since they all use the router for the internet witout any problem.

Any help would be appreciated.

Firmware Version V1.0.1.46_1.0.76
 
GUI Language Version V1.0.1.46_2.1.17.1
Model: WNDR4500v2|N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router
Message 3 of 5
antinode
Guru

Re: Connect to a usb drive in a N900 router from Linux

> [...] I ran into all sorts of problems: permission issues (file
> system format?), USB drive not discovered by the OS, etc.

 

   When you did what, exactly?  Actual error messages?

 

   How, exactly, are you mounting this remote file system on the
GNU/Linux system?  What's the file system on the USB drive?

 

> [...] I tried it from Windows, where I had more success, [...]

 

   How much more?

 

> Model: WNDR4500v2|N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router

 

> [...] V1.0.1.46_1.0.76 [...]

 

   That looks more like a firmware version for a WNDR4500[v1] than for a
WNDR4500v2.  Have you tried a different/older version?


> [...] Netgear advertised that router giving the impression thhat this
> was possible, but it seems to be false advertisement. [...]

 

   My reading and (very limited) experience with ReadySHARE on Netgear
routers suggests that it barely works, if it works at all.  I doubt that
it gets any testing with operating systems other than Windows and
(perhaps) Mac.  (Or that it gets much with those two.)

Message 4 of 5
venik212
Luminary

Re: Connect to a usb drive in a N900 router from Linux

You are almost certainly right-- Netgear makes very good routers (I've had this WNDR4500 for >5 years without any problem) but they seem to ignore Linux, and using the USB drive in the router with Windows 10 is so painfully slow that it makes readyshare completely useless.  So far I have failed to access it from Linux.  The error I keep getting is:

mount error(115): Operation now in progress
Refer to the mount.cifs(8) manual page (e.g. man mount.cifs)

I have tried numerous variants of the mounting command, such as:

sudo mount -t cifs -o guest //192.168.1.1/USB_STORAGE /mnt/cifs

but I always get the above error message.  In fact, readyshare (or some-such variation) was supposed to work from the Netgear cloud, but it NEVER did.  In short, in the future I shall look at better supported routers.

 

Model: WNDR4500v2|N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router
Message 5 of 5
Discussion stats
  • 4 replies
  • 2058 views
  • 0 kudos
  • 2 in conversation
Announcements

Orbi WiFi 6E