|I recently bought a NAS (Lindy Premium Gigabit), installed a samsung spinpoint F1 hard drive in it and attempted to detect it through my wireless home network.I attached my NAS to a LAN port on my Netopia 3347 NWG router with a RJ45 cable. All the proper lights, the link light on the NAS and the appropriate LAN light on the router, glowed. I used the software which accompanied the NAS, in the first instance, to try and detect the router, on my principal computer, which runs windows 2000 (all firewalls at this juncture were down to allow detection) - nothing was detected. |
I then tried to get at it through network connections - nothing either. Reading the manual of the NAS, I was advised to change my computer from a DHCP protocol to a static IP address, which I did, and once again tried to find the NAS, to no avail.
I also attempted to find the NAS through my other computer which is a windows XP - again, no joy - router present but no attached NAS.
I can access my router login/config page from the internet browsers of both computers and each comp can access the shared folders of the other. The wirelessly attached printer also works fine with both computers.
Maybe I have done the static IP setup wrongly?
I did it according to a help page (homenethelp.com - changing to a static IP address)
First, in the router setup area, I set the IP address range for DHCP to a 50 address range
I left the DHCP enabled on the router.
Then, in the network properties of the wireless connections on both computers, I switched the TCP/IP properties to assigning specific IP addresses, gave each computer a specific address, 192.168.1.X and 192.168.1.Y, both outside the DHCP range.
As the Default gateway I put 192.168.1.Z (the router's address).
As the Subnet mask: 255.255.255.255.0 (info optained from ipconfig
For the DNS servers, I used the primary and secondary DNS servers as given by my ISP:
Preferred DNS server: 213.94.190.xxx
Alternate DNS server: 213.94.190.xxx
With all firewalls down, I couldn't detect the NAS on either computer using the software which came with it, which is called PNMD. This software just scans for a NAS and should show it within a window if it finds one - it simply finds nothing at all.
Another weird thing is, on my router's config home page, it states:
IP Address 86.42.17X.X IP Gateway 159.134.15X.XX
I put in the X's myself - I don't know where this IP address beginning with 86 comes from, and I thought the Gateway address was supposed to be the same as the Router IP address
On another one of the router config pages, the Connection page, there are values given for things such as VPI, VCI, Protol, Bridging, etc - on this page, there are boxes for Static IP address, IP Gateway, Primary DNS server and Secondary DNS server - these four boxes are BLANK.
So either I have done something wrong in changing to static IP on the computers themselves or I have not made some necessary accompanying changes in the router - or something else...
My ISP won't help me (I rang them) because - they say - it's a 3rd party software issue, the manufac. havn't replied to my emails, first of which was sent several days ago. I have been googling and googling but can't find a similar issue.
I would so so SO appreciate some help with this.