Remotely access my external hard disk

June 5, 2010 at 09:49:54
Specs: Windows 7, P4, 2.8Ghz/640MB
Hey everybody,

My name is David and I have a general
question if you could please help me with a
small issue I'm wondering about.

I'm currently using the Dlink 2760-N which is
an Adsl modem-router. I don't know if you're aware of it - but the router is equipped with 2 USB
ports. One port for a network drive (file server) and the
other for a printer (printer server) that doesn't really has
network capabilities (meaning no LAN
port/WLAN NIC within the printer)

I recently purchased an external hard drive and
got it connected to the USB port. All the
computers on my network are perfectly able to
access the drive and alter the files within.

My question is - is it possible to access my
hard disk from a remote computer that isn't
connected to my network?

I know the port which I'm using and I know that
if eventually it is possible - I would be required
to check my WAN IP address every so often,
unless I get a fixed IP from my ISP.

I would appreciate any advice.

"I'm tired. But then again I'm so hungry I can't sleep. But what's the point of eating if your sleepy?" - Sniff, The Moomins.

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June 6, 2010 at 11:06:38
I would image that can be done, I cannot find your exact device
manual for that model number on the D-Link website however.

Is it a U.S. device, or another country?

Getting your WAN IP is quite easy. All you'd have to do is browse from your internal network out to a website that can record your IP address like or

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June 8, 2010 at 13:57:35

First of all thanks a lot for replying.

Well, my guess is that it is not a U.S. device but it does show on the local dlink site (Israel), although there's no manual or anything specific I can look into, I'm afraid..

Anything else you think I should try?

"I'm tired. But then again I'm so hungry I can't sleep. But what's the point of eating if your sleepy?" - Sniff, The Moomins.

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June 8, 2010 at 14:12:38
Are you sure you have the right dlink model? Strange nothing comes up at dlinks site for this.

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June 8, 2010 at 14:59:56
I think this may the product on the site:

I've tried to translate from Hebrew to English, but it's not working
for me. I'd need a product manual to see if this connection can
be done.

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June 9, 2010 at 08:24:09
Hey again,

Umm.. I didn't find any product's manual too I'm afraid.
I've looked through the entire site. My router's model is referred to as "DSL-2760U":

I just read that this specific model was designed especially for Israel's infrastructure company so I'm guessing that's why we can't find this specific model on the US site, but then again.. there's no official manual on the Israeli site either, just a quick how-to installation.

I can add that the file server is pretty much based on Samba and to access my file server, I basically type in the address bar:
\\Router DG\foldername

(Router DG =
(foldername = whichever desired name I give to the drive inside the route's interface)

Anyway, without the manual I'm guessing we're kind of lost and I really appreciate you guys trying to help me, but I'll try and overview the Israeli site again and might even try to contact them to see if it is possible.

As always, thanks a lot!!

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June 9, 2010 at 10:14:57
Where there is a will, there is a way. I'd shoot DLink an email,
put 'em to work helping you get some information, or just play
with the systems seeing if you can get it to work, that can be
fun too.

You'd want to connect over a different Internet connection to
your router to see if that would work. For remote access you
will want to connect to the modem/routers WAN (Wide area
network) IP address, not the private LAN (Local area network) address.

If you don't have access to a different Internet connection
close by to you, like at a neighbor or friends house, you could
try using a Dial up connection (I use NetZero, Juno [same
company] to test remote stuff like this here in the States) to
connect to your remote HDD set up.

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June 9, 2010 at 10:57:49
set the router to forward the RDP port 3389 to your pc's statically assigned ip address.

Enable remote desktop on your pc. From the outside rdp to the pc and access the file server that way.

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June 9, 2010 at 11:48:38
@wander - or do that.....

@paradoxwizard - Here's a link on how to do that, this is a link
for a Dlink DSL-2740B, not exactly your Model no., but close:

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June 10, 2010 at 04:32:22
Hey again guys,

As always, thanks again for the reply.
I did, in fact, send an e-mail to dlink support center questioning if it is possible and the answer I got was:

Unfortunately, your current xDSL modem-router doesn't have a built-in FTP server. It uses the Samba protocol that only allows the drive to be shared on the same network and it is not possible to access the drive directly from a remote station.

I'm guessing the idea, as you suggested is to enable RDP (along with the port-forwarding) to one of the computers on the network and from there to access my drive.

I'm really grateful for your patience and the much obliged help.
Keep up the good work!


"I'm tired. But then again I'm so hungry I can't sleep. But what's the point of eating if your sleepy?" - Sniff, The Moomins.

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December 25, 2010 at 22:03:01
I have just installed a 2760U router but not being a techie i am battling to set up the printer server and access to the external hard drive, can you assist?

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