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Can usb substitute for the ethernet connection?

We have a Netdisk that was connected to the router (and through it to our two computers on a home network) via the Ethernet cable. The Netdisk worked fine until its router port failed. We have tried to bypass the bad Ethernet port by connecting the netdisk to the router via a USB cable. Netdisk works fine if it is connected to our computers by the USB cable. But, when connected to the router by the USB cable, our two computers cannot access Netdisk. We get a black box saying Netdisk is disconnected. We are wondering if it is possible to use a USB cable to connect Netdisk to the router. Or, do we possibly have to reinstall software? Any ideas?

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Perhaps buy one on eBay (possibly $60) and pull it's interface circuit board, to replace your bad one:
http://search.ebay.com/netdisk

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  • NanooGeek Jun 07, 2008

    Oh yes ... and while you are at it, could you send me the surplus hard drive (from your eBay purchase)... My NetDisk 160 has begun to sound like an old fluorescent magnetic ballast (... due to vibration) . Mine contains a Samsung SP1604N ((according to old Everest Home Edition 2.20.405, but it won't access the SMART info).

    HD HeartBeat 2.0.2.11 (PCMag Utilities) sees that the drive is SMART capable, but claims SMART is disabled. Hmmm, I suppose Ximeta may be tracking drive health some other way ...



  • NanooGeek Jun 15, 2008

    Another possibility is to just replace the enclosure (assuming the drive isn't too old ). www.kleggusa.com aquired the NetDisk brand from XiMeta in early May, and have been selling units at very low prices. Look under Products, Klegg Netdisk Mega (or Giga, if your ethernet will support that).

    At the Klegg website, enclosures had been marked down to $20, but I no longer find any trace of them there. There are still some available for $25 and up:
    http://search.ebay.com/netdisk

    www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&keywords=Ximeta&search-type=ss&tag=therefusal4793-20&index=electronics&link%5Fcode=qs

  • NanooGeek Jun 15, 2008

    ... a more direct answer to the subject: "good luck!".. Plugging it into the USB port (assuming you put the DIP switches down on the back of the enclosure, if it is an older NetDisk) still leaves traffic going over ethernet. The enclosure may not know what to do with ethernet traffic coming over the USB port. If it does, and the ethernet router is smart enough to fool the NDAS driver on your computers, you might get lucky...

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