Question about Belkin Wireless Pre-N (F5D8230-4) Router (F5D82304)
I have just bought a Belkin N+ Wireless Modem-Router (model F5D8635-4 v1). It comes with a USB port in the back of the router. The back of the box says "you can connect any USB storage device to the N+ wireless modem router. Then you can easily share and access documents, videos, photos, and other files with multiple computers over a secure wirelss network, or simply back up files". I thought this was a great idea because it would allow we to create some networked storage without spending big on a NAS. The setup required is to install a program called "Belkin storage manager" on to each computer in the network that wishes to access the USB storage that is plugged into the modem router. Anyway the modem router and wireless all work perfectly. And with a USB 2GB flash drive drive plugged in all computers can easily access and write to the files on the USB drive which appears on the My Computer screen as a network drive. However, it just does not work with the WD My Book 1TB essential edition external USB hard drive I have. When the WD my book is plugged in to the modem router the USB storage LED on the front of the modem router remains unlit. The WD drive appears to be powered off - no hard drive spinning noise, no glowing blue light at the front. This drive works fine when plugged directly into any of my computers or my PS3. The WD My Book has not been formatted since it was bought, checking on its properties reveals it is in FAT32. I have only use XP Pro on my machines, and I have saved a PS3 back up on the drive. I believe the WD My Book 1 TB comes with a power saving function that causes it to automatically power down when your computer is switched off. I can only guess that when the WD my book is plugged into the modem router it decides that it is not connected to a working computer so it powers itself down. Is there anyway around this? Should I take my belkin modem router back to the shop and try the ASUS DSL-N13? Belkin level two tech support has basically shrugged their shoulders and said their device works with every known USB device and therefore its WD's problem. WD have said it was never meant to be a network drive so bad luck. Many thanks in advance for any thoughts. Also I'd be interested to know of peoples experiences using these USB storage sharing features on some of the newer routers. I have exactly the same problem. In my case with a 750GB Trekstor stays unlit when connected to the N+ Belkin N+ Router with USB Storage does not work with USB Drive (Enclosure w/IDE), nor with Memory Stick (jump drive). No interface or configuration settings allow for any form of diagnostics, et al. Router find, USB Storage - non existent.
If I understand correctly ... You have not connected the drive to a computer.
If I am not mistaken the WD My Book has preinstalled backup software installed on it. It very well might also have a power down built as part of that programming. Try attaching it to a computer to verify this.
Assuming the backup software needs blank drive to work correctly I would first access the drive select all and delete anything you find (if you know how to unhide hidden files do that before you select and delete all) ... As a 2nd option I would just reformat the drive.
Hope that helps....
Posted on Jan 12, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I could not find the F5D8635 model but here is the Firmware update page for the N1 Vision Router.
Try updating your firmware.
Posted on Jul 03, 2009
I have a work around for this.
In the detail of the Belkin manuals it says you can attach up to 4 USB storage devices via a USB HUB.
I had an old Hub so I Connected the HUB to the router and the Maxtor to the HUB --- It worked :-) It came up in a few seconds.
At first I powered the HUB but later took the power out of the hub and it still worked ;-} However when I used a different HUB it would not work without power to the HUB.
The HUB I use is an old Belkin 4 port Tetra Hub. The newer 7 port Belkin HUB (5 Rear 2 Top) only worked with the HUB powered.
Hope this helps untill Belkin Upgrade the Router sofrtare.
Posted on Sep 03, 2009
I had the same issue, it would not see my usb drive, the blue light would not light up, and I could not browse it via \\192.168.x.x\drivename. I was on firmware 2.01.07, I updated to 2.01.08 and it found the drive on "Z" after launching Storage Manager
Posted on May 12, 2010
SOURCE: I have a Belkin N+
WIRELESS SECURITY ISSUES
Step 1 : Connect Router - Computer ( Wired)
Step 2 : Open Router Setup by typing http://192.168.2.1 on the address bar of internet explorer
Step 3 : On the left under wireless click wi - fi protected setup
Step 4 : Leave the password blank and click on submit
Step 5 : Disable it and Click on apply changes
Step 6 : On the left under wireless click Security
Step 7 : Enable 64 Bit WEP
Step 8 : Type a 10 digit number on the key 1 ( 2 in each box )
Step 9 : Click apply changes
Step 10 : on the left under wireless click channel and SSID
Step 11 :Change the Wireless channel to 6
Step 12 : Change the SSID to a different name ( no Spaces )
Step 13 : Click apply changes
Step 14 : Now Scan and connect to this network ( Wireless )
Let me know if it works
Posted on Dec 02, 2010
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