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Networked router USB drive not visible

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1

    Networked router USB drive not visible


    I have a Netgear router (WNR3500L), which has a USB port for a shared drive.

    In Windows 7 I can access this USB drive just fine, but in Windows 8/8.1 it's not visible.
    I can reproduce the issue on two completely different PCs. It works fine with Windows 7, but not in Windows 8.1.

    There was a post here suggesting that disabling Homegroup can fix it, but for me it doesn't (I didn't have Homegroup enabled in the first place).

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  2. #2


    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    As long as the router is setup correctly for sharing that drive publicly on the Network, you then just need to access the drive share through regular Network shares, not Homegroup.

    Just keep Home Group disabled, and then just map the folders you wish to share between machines on each machine.
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8.1


    Yeah, it should work, but it doesn't.

    By the way, I have another PC with shared folders on the network, running Windows 7.
    I can access it in Windows 8 just fine, as long as both PCs have the network set as "Home"--otherwise the PC doesn't show up, but I can still get to it by typing the address manually in Explorer (\\NameOfPC).

    But the shared router drive isn't accessible in any way in Windows 8, not even by directly typing the address/name.
    Last edited by gjo; 22 Jan 2015 at 14:09.
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  4. #4


    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    I would touch base with Netgear on this issue. They are going to need the mfg & model of the USB drive or case that you are using if you are using your own drive in there. That would mean mfg & model of the drive inside the case.

    Also check the Netgear forums to see if anyone else is having the same issues.

    Usually what happens is that the USB drive goes into a sleep state and the device it is connected to, in this case the router, forgets it is even there.
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  5. #5


    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    See the following. Configuring USB Storage & SAMBA/FTP Access with NETGEAR WNR3500L: MyOpenRouter You could always install DD-WRT on the Netgear and get more features and better performance. WNR3500L WD Elements problem with Readyshare - NETGEAR Forums

    From the second link. This is the suggested third party firmware to install, if your router is a v1. Do not install if your router is a v2 or later. DD-WRT Kong Mod USB/FTP/miniDLNA/Samba3 (WNR3500Lv1): MyOpenRouter
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