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PC won't recognize the WD as a letter on the system

I can't get the pc to recognize the wd external drive through my networks Linksys wrv 200 wireless router. When I ping myworldbook it come up with my cable modem address. when you hook it directly to the pc with a ether net cable and ping it you can get an address for it. Any suggestions?
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