ReadyShare USB Storage via NETGEAR Router in Ubuntu

Okay. Maybe I’m missing something here, but I was confused about how to access an external USB drive that I decided to connect to my NETGEAR router and use as for shared network storage in my house. All searched online led to explanations of using fstab to mount the drive and map it to a location such as /media/network, which I instantly thought seemed like too much work for the simple ability of accessing a USB drive connected through the router. After all, finding such a drive is as easy as viewing Network locations in Windows, and I refused to believe that it could be any harder in Linux.

Apparently, I was right. I would have manually entered the location that I expected the drive to be in the file manager, but I don’t have an address bar that I can manually enter locations into (or I haven’t configured Nautilus to show on if it’s capable of doing so). But, as soon as I opened Nautilus and looked in the left-pane displaying locations such as Locations, Devices, Bookmarks and Network, I saw a hint as to what I was looking for: Browse Network.

As soon as I select Browse Network, I see exactly what I’m looking for. Two options, among several others, listed as READYSHARE and readyshare(for Time Machine). Both lead to the same place, a location listing USB_Storage, which was exactly what I needed. Clicking on USB_Storage reveals the contents of my USB drive that I have connected to the router’s USB port. Just to be sure I could, I created a new text file on the drive and saved a small string of text into it to make sure I would be able to alter the drive in some way from my Ubuntu PC. Everything worked as expected.

So, I really don’t know the benefit of following other explanations of accessing and manipulating storage devices in Ubuntu that are connected to NETGEAR’s ReadyShare port, but this way worked fine for me.

6 thoughts on “ReadyShare USB Storage via NETGEAR Router in Ubuntu

  1. Thanks Jerry, worked the same for me. Now I’m trying to figure out if I can password protect the drive, or is it impossible to reach the drive if you don’t know the wifi username and password? What do you think?

    • Someone would need to be connected to your network to access the drive. Any devices physically connected with an ethernet cable would have access, and any devices connected via WIFI using the security key you have setup in the router configuration would be able to access the drive. If you’re mainly concerned about someone like a nearby neighbor accessing your drive over WIFI, that shouldn’t be possible unless they’ve figured out your WIFI security key – in which case they’d likely be using your internet connection on top of it. You can monitor all devices connected to your network from the Netgear administration, in case you want to verify no one has gained unauthorized wireless access. But as long you use a strong security key for WIFI access, I think you should be fine.

      Sorry for the late reply!

  2. I’m on kde (kubuntu) and use dolphin instead of nautilus. It functions the same for accessing the network drive. I have 3 directories shared in the back end of the router to the usb and can get to them directly from dolphin. My use case is a bit different. I need a method of mounting one of the directories from cli and to put into fstab. These I’m going to put into my Raspberry PI2 for auto storage from an infrared security cam connected to the Pi. Any ideas? Doing an smbmount command isn’t supported and doing a cifs command needs username/password for the “nas” type device.

    • As a (very) late suggestion on this topic, it might be easier if it’s possible to set up FTP to handle something like this. Plus, it would restrict the Pi (or whatever else is handling storage for the camera system) to just a particular directory on the drive.

    • I haven’t used Nautilus in quite some time, but I imagine it still has a Network location in the shortcuts to the left of the window. That is what I’m referring to in this post, in case you’re looking in a different place.

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