I am using firmware "Tomato Firmware 1.28.0905 MIPSR2-079V K26 USB Mega-VPN" Filename "tomato-E3000USB-NVRAM60K-1.28.905xRAF-EN-MIPSR2-079V-Mega-VPN.bin" on my E3000. I have connected a USB Flashdrive 2GB to the router and enabled USB Support and USB Storage Support. It says the drive is mounted and recognized but I can't figure out how to access the drive from my computer.
Date: 19 Feb 2012 02:19
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I just did that yesterday when I was setting it up, I connected HDD in USB enclosure but its the same thing.
You will find your drive in Network in your windows explorer. However I believe I have also enabled SAMBA which is on another page in the setup I think (Workgroup is already selected there, if you use something else on your PC replace it with that, choose your access to it pass or no pass etc). SAMBA if you don't know is windows sharing, to make a device like USB drive to show up alongside networked computers on your LAN
Lets hope your firmware includes SAMBA but I think that comes with all USB builds. I think it possible this may not be always included because people access the USB storage via SSH and placing on it some programs and what not for use by the router, so they don't need windows access to it.
I have been installing tomato-E4200USB-NVRAM60K-1.28.7495.3MIPSR2-Toastman-RT-VPN
Yep all I needed to do was enable SAMBA. Is there anyway to have it show up in "Network" as "Network Drive" instead of "UNKNOWN"?
yeah, for me it also showed as Unknow but I put that to account that my drive wasn't properly partitioned, although it was usable. Did you check all fields where it might possibly have to be given a name (like its not enough that it has been named in windows environment)?
In partition program my HDD would would show space as unallocated (the HD was formerly used in RAID 0 and Raid info was left on its bootsector or something, it was weird) but in windows it showed up as normal HD, partitioned and all. I moved the data off the drive and completely partitioned and formatted it yesterday but didn't have time yet to hook it up to my E4200
It is quite serious shortcoming if it can't be named in windows networking, I was hoping to name it something like 'Transfer Storage' and not have it pass protected and have the whole family use it as middle point for moving files about the home network computers that anybody could use (windows network shares are problematic with the login stuff, most non-tech people can't handle it, even I have problems with it). It being marked as Unknown doesn't exactly inspire confidence does it.
I believe by default the drive will show up in Windows as whatever your router is called, then within that any shared partitions will show up as the partition name.
I think I figured it halfway… The UNKNOWN likely is 'device' on network and the device here is your router and it needs to be given its name which then shows up in Network in Windows alongside names of other computers on your LAN.
Go to Basic - Identification: and the Hostname field entry will be what will show up in windows in Network. You will find 'Unknown' in there which is default Hostname 'name'
Now to figure out how to have control over name of the directory shown when you open your device (which was previously shown as Unknown)
Thanks CTSXi, that's just what it is, I've been setting it and you posted the solution in the meantime while I was open on composing page of this post during that time.
OK the directory needs be named in windows by normal renaming procedure. BTW my USB key shows up in windows in all capitals even if I use lower cap lettering… also is limited to 11 chars but that's likely because its format is FAT32 (might force also those upper caps because my NTFS drives can have mixed case description as well as longer). Once you give your key name you want, plug it into our router and it gets mounted if you have Auto Refresh setting selected and the name you've given will now show up in your device name and only shortcoming is that the name is now all in lower cap letters. I'd prefer all caps if I can't have mixed lower and upper but likely we are talking about windows sharing customs here.
In the File Sharing section I hid the jffs directory to keep the directories in the 'device' uncluttered, root dir is hidden by default. I think this hiding then applies to any disk you attach to your router anytime in future. Jffs and root are I think default directories made or assigned on any disk you connect.
BTW what use the jffs directory may be put to? My limited understanding is that it is used to run some custom programs added to those that came with the firmware. And if you got space inside your router you can place files in jffs dir inside router or if not you use the external jffs dir on your USB device, right?
Thanks guys, it was "Basic > Identification > Hostname" that was the network drives name. It will only allow one word and it will be all capital letters.
So if the Flash Drive was labeled "Flash Drive" and the host name is "NetworkDrive" The file structure will be "Network > NETWORKDRIVE > Flash_Drive"
"NETWORKDRIVE > Flash_Drive"
Nice summary. Mind you, the share shows up all in lowercase letters -> NETWORKDRIVE > flash_drive
My share stopped showing in windows. Laptop went to sleep, when woken up I couldn't see it there. No idea if it wanished before laptop went to sleep.
Checked in the router, rebooted router, rebooted laptop, still nothing. USB key is ok when connected to laptop, mounts ok when plugged into the router, still won't show up on desktop. Or more precisely the router device is not showing in the network.
I have crawled over all the relevant settings, changing some and saving, rebooting, trying different USB key, checked network, nothing, I throw in towel.
I shut the router and the laptop for the night, next day I turn it on and the router now shows in the network. I suppose it was tired last night having been on for whole day in a stretch.
Neat way to access your flash_drive is to type into the address space in win explorer window (click to right of displayed dir names in win7 to be able to write in there)
Substituting your gateway's IP and the actual name of your flash_drive.
When my laptop has been sleeping and can't display the flash_drive in Network upon waking up, typing the above into the address space displays it reliably. You can even type it into IE URL address bar if you want and the win explorer pops up open on your flash_drive