WRTSL54GS Remote Storage & firmware...

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Darryl Licht, Aug 7, 2006.

  1. Darryl Licht

    Darryl Licht LI Guru Member

    Hi all!

    I am new to this forum but an old hand at networking (translation=not a newbie!).

    I have 2 questions:

    1. I completed setup on my new WRTSL54GS and configured my USB HDD. While the remote storage is accessible via ftp, I cannot see the drive under "My Network Places" as described in the Linksys instructions. I didnt use the Linksys setup CD as I never do, but is that why I cannot see the USB drive as a network drive?

    2. I bought this router because the ability to go with alternative firmware is appealing to me. I see on DD-WRT's website that they do support this router now. What are my best choices for alternative firmware?

    Thanks in advance for your help...
  2. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    if you defined a share, you should see it in "My Network Places", it does with mine, providing you set the router in the same workgroup as your PC's
  3. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    ddwrt's firmware does not yet have the storage features, it is a the DDWRT WRT54G firmware. compatable with the SL thats all. afaik no USB support has been added yet.
  4. Darryl Licht

    Darryl Licht LI Guru Member


    Did you run the Linksys setup CD? That is the only difference that I can see. I have setup the share and am accessing it remotely each day, but cannot see it in My Network Places.

    If I want to add files when I am local to the drive, I must disconnect it from the router and plug it into my PC to x-fer. Weird huh?
  5. Darryl Licht

    Darryl Licht LI Guru Member


    Allright, thanks for the info! Which version(s) of DD-WRT do I need? I didnt realize there were so many!!!

    It appears that v.23 SP1 is the latest, but which of the downloads do I need? micro? mini? standard? vpn?http://www.dd-wrt.com/dd-wrtv2/downloads.php

    Also, do you know if there are any plans to add the storage features in the near future?
  6. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    yes Brainslayer does have plans to add USB support. I dont know if he intendeds on adding the ftp/media server that HyperWRT and Official firmware have though.

    what are your requirements for the WRTSL54GS? this would determine which DD-WRT Build to use for the SL.
  7. Darryl Licht

    Darryl Licht LI Guru Member

    I am an instructor at a local community college, and the FTP feature is nice if I forget or need a file from home!

    As for my requirements, I do not have any specifics... just looking to expand the capabilities and security of my Linksys/Cisco router! I never like stock! Doesnt matter if its a PC, a car, or a toy! I am never satisfied! LOL!!!:thumbup:
  8. gaogi

    gaogi Network Guru Member

    Try running Start -> Search, and search for the computer name WRTSL54GS. Or just type \\ (assuming that's your router's address) and it should show up.

    Also, you may want to make sure the router and the PC are in the same workgroup.
  9. Darryl Licht

    Darryl Licht LI Guru Member

    I Need To Pass On This Info...

    I just got home from North Carolina, where I had used the FTP feature flawlessly the entire 8 days.

    Got to messing with the router now that I am home and local to it. Started playing around with the settings, and after a reboot I could see the router for the first time in My Network Places. But not the share...??? i could access it by entering my FTP user name and PW.

    Then I found out something that may be valuable to all...

    If you want to see the share as a network device like all the rest, you need to create a username and pw with the same you use to access Windows. In otherwords, to see it locally use the same username and pw you use to log into Windows. Just create a new user in the router's config for the shared HDD using the same info you currently use to log into Windows! And you see the share without getting a second logon! COOL!!!!!

    Hope this helps someone else in the future!

    Thanks for all your help!:thumbup:
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