Using DLINK DVA-G3810BN router’s USB storage with Windows 7 and XP

On the bottom of the router, there is a sticker with the IP address of the router, username and password.  This information will be required for one to be able to connect to the USB storage device attached to the router.

Typing in the IP address in the address bar of any browser should show you the screen that will allow one to configure the router.  Furthermore, one should see the USB storage device attached to the router.

NOTE:  The username and password will enable anyone connected to the network to change the settings on the router.  Therefore, ensure that everyone that will use the storage device understands that they must not play with the router settings.  Otherwise, they may put the router offline.

Windows XP

In order to get the storage to work in Windows XP, one can follow the steps at http://compnetworking.about.com/od/windowsxpnetworking/ht/mapnetworkdrive.htm.  The UNC is \\IP address\b where IP address is the IP address found on the bottom of the router and b is the default drive name given to the USB storage device.

One should be prompted to enter the username and password to access the router.  This is on the back of the router.

In order to make this drive accessible to every user on the same computer, one will have to create a shortcut and put it in C:\Documents and Settings\all users\Desktop.  Unfortunately, every user must have the username and password to access the drive.

Windows 7

One needs to click on the Telus Internet Gateway device.  From there, one will be prompted for the username and password which is on the bottom of the router.  If the connection is successful, one will see that the router’s USB storage device will be accessible.

This needs to be done for every user that needs to access the device.  One can try to create a shortcut and put it somewhere that is easily accessible to everyone.  Unfortunately, everyone needs the username and password to access the drive.

Ubuntu

In Ubuntu Linux, one needs to go to Places -> Connect to server…  The information that needs to be filled out are Service type, Server, which can be found at the bottom of the router, and share.  One will be prompted for the username and password which can be found on the bottom of the router.

November 26, 2011

It seems that creating a shortcut to the networked hard drive does not work.  One will have to access the networked hard drive by clicking on Start -> Control Panel -> Network and Sharing Center -> View computers and devices.  Unfortunately, my router’s hard drive is visible sometimes.  Therefore, making it work gets difficult.

The Telus router gives a storage is missing or misconfigured error message.  Therefore, I decided to look into the reason.

If you look under partitions, you will see /dev/sda/1 (D).  This D must also match the System Data and Users Data above the partitions column.  This is how I have solved the storage is missing or misconfigured error message.

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