Local Tech Repair: Setting Up RT-N56U AiDisk and Connecting on Ubuntu

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Setting Up RT-N56U AiDisk and Connecting on Ubuntu

I recently got a RT-N56U router for my house. One of the reasons why I wanted to get this router is the ability to have 2 hard drives plugged in were most of the others only had one usb port. I am running Ubuntu 11.10 using Ubuntu Classic environment.

so once you plug the hard drives into the router they should automatically show up in your settings menu and the hard drive creates a folder called shared which it populates with a few other folders for you.

Though by default Ubuntu does not allow you to connect to it because of the authentication that the router uses. Sense it is an old authentication method it does provide a potential exploit for a MITM attack for it. Though if your not to worried about that. For instance you only use your computer on your home network and what not not on business network. Then you should be fine.

we will need to add some text to your samba configuration file to allow it to connect to the drives.
add the following code to the samba configuration by doing this in terminal


sudo gedit /etc/samba/smb.conf


Then add this to the end of the file


#adding this to support router share
; client lanman auth = Yes


Now after you save that all we need to do is restart the samba so that loads the new configurations that we put in.


sudo restart smbd


This should allow you to connect to your network drives now.

if you go to your network drives in Nautilus

open up a folder and hit ctr + L this will allow you to type in the location
type in

smb://workgroup/


your hard drives should be under RT-N56U though this can be changed if you rename it on your router.

Though this should set it all up for you.

Hope you enjoy.
- Local Tech Repair Admin