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Readyshare to share a USB drive - does not work

I have tried five different USB drives, of varying sizes, and three different brands, following the instructions in the manual to share the drive across my network.  All five, when I enter "\\readyshare" into the "run" box, return the message that the path cannot be found.  Same result when I try to run the utility to map the drive to a letter (which utility was difficult to find - the instructions in the manual to find it were completely wrong).  The drive DOES show up in the router configuration utility, but I can't actually use it as a drive if that's the only place I can see it.  Either the function isn't working properly or the instructions in the manual are rubbish.  Can anyone help me access my USB drive across my network with Readyshare?  Thanks.

Model: R8000|Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Smart WIFI Router
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Re: Readyshare to share a USB drive - does not work


@patriot1123 wrote:

The drive DOES show up in the router configuration utility, but I can't actually use it as a drive if that's the only place I can see it. 

 


You have actually turned it on in the browser graphical user interface (GUI)?

 


@patriot1123 wrote:

Either the function isn't working properly or the instructions in the manual are rubbish. 

 


The second is certainly true.

 


@patriot1123 wrote:

All five, when I enter "\\readyshare" into the "run" box, return the message that the path cannot be found. 

 

Should work. What about using Explorer?

 

Is Windows being helpful and getting in the way?

 

 

Just another user.

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patriot1123
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Re: Readyshare to share a USB drive - does not work

Thanks for your response!  I'm not sure what you mean by "turning it on in the GUI."  I followed the instructions in the manual and cannot see the drive.  

 

I cannot see it in Windows Explorer either, no.  It just doesn't appear on the network except in the router configuration utility.  Either something is missing from the instructions


@michaelkenward wrote:

@patriot1123 wrote:

The drive DOES show up in the router configuration utility, but I can't actually use it as a drive if that's the only place I can see it. 

 


You have actually turned it on in the browser graphical user interface (GUI)?

 


@patriot1123 wrote:

Either the function isn't working properly or the instructions in the manual are rubbish. 

 


The second is certainly true.

 


@patriot1123 wrote:

All five, when I enter "\\readyshare" into the "run" box, return the message that the path cannot be found. 

 

Should work. What about using Explorer?

 

Is Windows being helpful and getting in the way?

 

 



or it just doesn't work.

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antinode
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Re: Readyshare to share a USB drive - does not work

> Model: R8000|Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Smart WIFI Router

 

   Firmware version?  Connected to what?

 

> I have tried five different USB drives, of varying sizes, and three
> different brands, [...]

 

   Not a very detailed description of any of them.  Partitioned how?
File system(s)?  (Look for "USB Device Requirements" in the R8000 User
Manual.)

 

> [...] following the instructions in the manual to share the drive
> across my network. [...]

 

   _Which_ "the instructions" in _which_ "the manual"?  And, when you
followed these instructions, what, exactly, did you do?

 

> [...] The drive DOES show up in the router configuration utility,
> [...]


   How, exactly?  I can't see it from here.

 

> [...] when I enter "\\readyshare" into the "run" box, return the
> message that the path cannot be found. [...]

 

   I don't do much with Windows file sharing, so I know nothing, but
have you tried specifying the IP address of the router, instead of that
name?  What appears in the File Explorer under some category like
"Network"?

 


> [...] or it just doesn't work.

 

   Always a possibility with Netgear router firmware, especially its
ReadySHARE features.  You might search around the Web and/or these
forums for similar complaints involving this model to see if some
different firmware version has been found to work better.  A search term
like "SMB1" might also lead to interesting material.

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