WRT54G/GS with NAS

Discussion in 'HyperWRT Firmware' started by prowler1968, Apr 17, 2006.

  1. prowler1968

    prowler1968 Network Guru Member

    Does anyone know if Hyperwrt would be able to support a server applet that would access a NAS device? This would be great to transfer files from location to location without a remote machine being turned only, only the NAS device.

    I was thinking that the Router could access a script from the NAS device that would load the FTP applet directly from the NAS device. This would work similar to the Kai startup script. This way, the device does not need to have the code to access the NAS device taking up the flash space of the device.

    The NAS devices are very cheap these days and this would be a great way to share files locally and remtoely.
  2. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Why not simply get a WRTSL54GS, which is specifically designed to do exactly what you are looking for? Then you can load HyperWRT on it if you want, and it can do print serving, too. ;)
  3. prowler1968

    prowler1968 Network Guru Member

    Thanks Nate!

    The SL does not apparently support FTP serving either.

    Anyway, I found the answer to my own question - I can purchase a $60 external HDD enclosure that plugs directly into the LAN port and has a built in FTP server. I would only have to forward port 21 to the device and I would have a mini stand alone FTP server.
  4. grcore

    grcore Network Guru Member

    The latest firmware version fo rthe SL does support FTP.
  5. prowler1968

    prowler1968 Network Guru Member


    Thanks for the update about the firmware FTP server.

    I'll consider the SL route.

    What code base is Thibor's SL based upon?

    Does anyone have any reports of how well the FTP functions?
  6. sufrano63

    sufrano63 Network Guru Member

    Have you look into the NAS NSLU2 from Linksys, which allow you to connect 2 ext. HDD and has a built-in FTP server. Great little gadget. It works even better if you load 3rd party firmware unslung
  7. prowler1968

    prowler1968 Network Guru Member

    I've been doing some research on both the SL and the NSLU2.

    One thing that I especially have been wanting to find is support for Read and Write capability for NTFS. Any file over ~4GB will not be compatible with FAT32.

    I have researched and the online user's manual says that the SL can be used with multiple hard drives if used with a USB hub, which is great news. Most of the NAS devices were FAT32 only, and reportedly VERY slow.

    Q1 - Does anyone have knowledge of how well the throughput is with the SL and USB Drives?
    Q2 - Does anyone (or Thibor) know if there will be READ/WRITE access for NTFS with Thibor 15? (Or a future Thibor build?)

    Thanks to all for your input - I really like the spec's of the SL.
  8. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    This is not a limitation of this or that firmware. You should ask this on Linux mailings lists.

    NTFS is not a single standard, it differs with every version of Windows. Non-Windows OS like Linux often support NTFS in read-only mode because it's not considered *safe* to write to it since the filesystem structure is not fully understood. Even Windows admins I know, say FAT32 is probably safer when transporting a drive between varying versions of Windows.

    It's much simpler to switch to EXT3 format or ReiserFS on the disk. I have an EXT3 driver for my Windows laptop, so I can work with Linux drives easily.
  9. prowler1968

    prowler1968 Network Guru Member

    If these other disk formats support large files (>4GB), that would certainly be a satisfactory solution. Does the SL support these other formats, or would I be stuck with FAT32 (maybe forcing me to split larger files if necessary).

    I know that most Linux distro's do have a Read only support for NTFS and thought that by now a driver would be available that would also write NTFS. Wouldn't want to corrupt my data, though!

    BTW, do you have a recommended EXT3 driver for Windows - If I may be able to use this format on the SL.
  10. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    reiser is supported, but formatting HAS to be done either externally or on the routers' command line. in the gui, you can only format for FAT32
  11. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    The driver I used on windows was called EXT2IFS. I would think there's ReiserFS for Windows too but haven't tried that.
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