Samba File Share and Mac (Tomato USB)

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by bhall7, May 16, 2010.

  1. bhall7

    bhall7 LI Guru Member


    I just loaded Tomato USB beta 11 (tomato-K26USB-1.27.9045MIPSR2-beta11-vpn3.6.rar) onto my ASUS RT-N16 and was greatly pleased at how easy it was to setup!

    I have a 2TB USB 2.0 drive connected to my router and at first I was able to connect to the share on my LAN from my Mac (running Snow Leopard). However, after a minute or so, the share became inaccessible. Really weird! I'm able to connect to the Samba file share on my Windows 7 machine just fine, but not on my Mac. I know this may be slightly off topic, but has anyone also had issues connecting to a file share on Tomato from a Mac?

  2. lanmtl

    lanmtl Addicted to LI Member

    I have a Mac too. Mac OS X has a very funny implementation of SMB (read very buggy).
    I setup an FTP server on the fileserver and use Transmit on the Mac. Much smoother, I couldn't deal with the headaches and surprise errors anymore ;)

    --edit: Ah I didn't see it was plugged to the router. Mine is on a Windows host so no trouble in installing a FTPd. Mac OS X has a funny way of dealing with SMB shares, that's a fact but I'm afraid I don't have any solution for you :S
  3. teddy_bear

    teddy_bear Network Guru Member

    He's talking about USB mod which has built-in FTP server :).

    Follow the lanmtl's advise, and activate both - Samba and FTP - on the router. Then you can use Samba shares for Windows clients, and FTP for Mac.
  4. bhall7

    bhall7 LI Guru Member

    Hmm..Never considered using FTP on my LAN for file synchronization. I'm using Synkron ( to sync files to/from the NAS (on Tomato USB) on Mac and Windows machines. Not sure how using FTP would work with Synkron (as opposed to Samba).

    I've called Apple support, spent weeks researching forums, tried endless configurations on both OS X and Windows 7, tried three different routers, disabled all firewalls, and surely the Mac implementation of the Samba client is terribly unreliable (connecting via Wi-Fi or hardwired Ethernet). Makes me think Apple purposely makes it malfunction to push people towards Bonjour.

    Any further suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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