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WD 2 TB wired network drive won't connect through router

by Tabley / April 4, 2013 4:07 AM PDT

After using my 2 TB WD network storage device on other systems both wirelessly and via an ethernet connection, I decided to install the device on a new system via a wired connection. Unfortunately, my computer (WIN XP) won't recognise the device when using a direct connection though my talk talk supplied D-LINK wireless router. I have contacted WD and talktalk and gone through all the diagnostic processes but it still won't recognise the device. I have been able to connect this device through an older D-LINK router (still wireless) on the same talk talk ISP with no problems so I can't understand why it won't connect here. The WD device reports no problems but I can't access it, even when all firewall and AV programs are disabled. Can anyone help me?

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I can guess but if this was my setup.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 4, 2013 4:37 AM PDT

Since the old dlink router worked I would configure the DLINK as a WAP (see google, use How to use a router as a WAP).

Then put the drive on that old router which is now on your LAN.

Good luck!

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Can't use the old router.
by Tabley / April 4, 2013 6:17 PM PDT

I can't use the old router as I no longer have it. I need to keep it as a wired connection so wireless is out of the question.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 5, 2013 3:18 AM PDT

That bright light in the sky known as SOL is not what I mean. Too bad you don't have the old router as I could do what I said as a wired connection.

Good luck and next time don't part with what works.

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