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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2005 5:04 pm    Post subject: Can anyone access their NAS from their iPaq? Reply with quote

I cannot see the "shares" that are on my Linksys NSLU2 device.

Any suggestions?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2005 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,
Did you enter the WINS address for the NAS in the network connection? Have you tried using File Explorer to access the network share?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2005 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure what your "Linksys NSLU2 device" is, or whether there are shares 'in' it. Is it a router with a hard drive inside?

Typically one accesses files on a networked PC hard drive, using the device name and a path to the share-enabled folders. For example, my notebook PC is called ACER (because I didn't bother thinking up a better name for it), and to access shared folders there from a wirelessly connected PPC I use this path in File Explorer:
\\ACER:C/WINDOWS/Desktop/shared/

I prefer using Resco Explorer though, with its easy 'map network drive' icon and setup, and because it does more than File Explorer. Most usefully, Resco lets me open files on the PC (which lives in my workshop closet) from anywhere in the house. Great for media access, at least until I find a small 80GB hard drive my PPC can run directly.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2005 10:09 pm    Post subject: re:Can anyone access their NAS from their iPaq? Reply with quote

Hi, sorry about the briefness of the question. I have been typing the question into so many BBs with little or no interest .......

First the device is Network Storage attached to my router and accessible via the \\computername\sharename from my PC without any problem. My PC can see the computername and when I open it, the shares available to me are listed.

With my iPaq however, if I enter the computer name (from file explorer), I get
"cannot find the file '\\' (or one of it's components), Make sure the path
and the file name are correct and all required libraries are available."
(Required libraries? What does that mean?)

If I try to access throught Resco's MAP DRIVE, it says 'Network resource cannot be found or you do not have permission to access the network.' Also, in Resco, it does NOT show up in "Computer near me" when I try to MAP DRIVE.

In VMBrowser (which browses the network), the device shows in My Network under it's assigned Workgroup but still won't show the shares. When I tap my PC it shows all available shares. Funny thing is my iPaq shows as Unknown workgroup, I haven't found a place to set it, although I have set the Domain name to the workgroup name.
When I try to LOGIN to the device with VMB I get "the specified device cannot perform the requested operation. \\NETSTORAGE\IPC$".

Now Chris, I have set the device Ip address as the WINS address. Also I have pointed to the device with a HOSTS file. Note also that I can access the device and all of it's files via it's built-in browser (It runs Linux internally) and via FTP (it has built-in FTP server as well).

During some other type of attempts (can't replicate it right now) I have gotten this return code 58. i can't find this (or any WinCE) message at Microsoft or anywhere.

Do either of you want more info or to try something?

Thanks for any help.

H
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2005 10:42 pm    Post subject: NAS problem Reply with quote

Gerard, What you are doing with your PC is exactly what I AM doing with the NSLU2 from my PC ie. mapping a drive for my music share on the device. Al it is, is a file server for all the PCs on my network. I just want my iPaq to be just another PC on the network.

Although, there are obviously some restrictions, like what USER am I on the iPaq (this is important for other computer access) and how can I get the Workgroup set? I put it in the domain but isn't that usually 255.255.255.0?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2005 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apology owed here. I was going from memory (always dangerous with me) as it had been a long while since last I'd used File Explorer on the network... in fact a while since I'd booted up the PC. So I did tonight, and for simpliciy re-configured file sharing to include both my root hard drives, listed as C and E.

What I found was that the path needed is very short, just the PC name. I wrote in //ACER and then tapped OK, and immediately saw two folders, C and E listed. Opening these I was asked for the passwords, of course - there are at least 5 people in adjacent houses with wireless, and at least 2 have hogged my bandwidth enough in the past to make me block them, so I change the drive passwords fairly often.

Anyway, after that it was easy to browse the folders and files. I don't know how this might work when trying to access a Linux server. Never tried. I have tried with an open Mac or two, but that didn't work at all. Couldn't see them in FE nor Resco, at all. Anyone know if a PPC can access shares on a Linux server, aside from HTTP that is?

Sorry, I'm far from expert in this realm. Just a beginner myself actually, only having connected to the PC via wireless for the first time a few months ago. I do not think a PPC can be seen from a PC, but could be wrong about that. I know my brother's XP notebook can sort of detect that my device is trying to connect to his, but he can't see into my file structure at all, just sees the first three letters of my device name showing up. He can't send me any files either. Only way the two can relate is if he gives me the password and username, and then I can browse whatever's shared.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2005 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,
If it's linux based, then install Samba. Then you should be able to access the network drive the same way Gerard described.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 4:53 pm    Post subject: NAS problem Reply with quote

Chris, The NSLU2 is a network appliance, in vanilla mode there is no way to install anything.
MY point here is that the shares on the device are perfectly accessable from my PC. From WinCe2003se, they are not. Why not?
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2005 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,
Did you enter the address of the NAS as the WINS server before trying to connect to it?

This is the standard Netbios file sharing that the desktop supports. Other that that I do not know what the difference is.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chris, Yes I did.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2006 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,
Then I do not know why it won't work. I'd suggest contacting the NAS vendor and ask them about what clients they support.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 2:05 pm    Post subject: same problem Reply with quote

I have exactly the same problem, however It started when I updated the firmware on the NSLU2.
Awaiting eagerly for a solution.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone got this working?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 4:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

I have got exactly the same problem.
I have a LaCie NAS.

I can access this NAS from my Windows XP PCs.

My PocketPC, a Win2003SE Dell Axim X30, can access the shares defined on the Windows XP PCs.
However it can't access the share defined on the NAS.

I got the "Error 58" error message with Total Commander.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 5:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine is an Ipaq, also Windows Mobile 2003.

I can access the admin web page of the NAS. I can even see it on the Network, I just can't see any of it's disks. I can see all shares on the WinXP pc's.

I've tried all sorts of things trying to get this to work, including 'unslinging' the NSLU2 NAS (altering the firmware so that it is possible to change it). I've been around the houses with HP and Linksys (by the way, Linksys tech support can be absolutely moronic - they told me the NAS could re-format the disk as NTFS, which it can't, and messed around like that for about 40 mins before finally (when they obviously had no clue what to do) telling me that they didn't support Pocket PC's, only Windows).

Anyone else able to use their NSLU2 with a Pocket PC? Or even use any other NAS unit with a Pocket PC? Someone post a success story!

Has anyone had any luck with running a media server on an NAS (like Twonky)?
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