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the story of the ethernet drive

Ok, in order to update about this, I have to explain what I bought. I bought a network drive. It connects to the router via ethernet and the idea is I can access my files away from home. It's a nice idea since I work on things at home on the desktop and occasionally forget them when I leave for class, etc.

There is a problem. In order to make this work, I have to buy a piece of software. I don't mind this, although I think they should include it with the product. It's a philosophical issue. Whatever... The software installed successfully, but the registration screens are completely unreadable with a screen reader. I am wondering what other solutions are out there for remote access to drives like this... Perhaps the purchase wasn't really a waste and I just need different software... The technology amusement continues...

The level 2 support people were extremely patient and helpful. They sat on the phone while I rebooted, etc. When we finally figured out there is just no way for me to access this software independently, the guy told me how to at least access the drive via my local network. So at least I have a hoard of space now.

The crusade goes on...


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Mar. 28th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
A question...

So I'm wondering...

Do you know that you'll be able to access this drive assuming you can get it to work--as lots of schools block such types of external access.

Secondly, isn't this access asuming that you will never be out of range of your router? They don't generally go very far. If you can pick up your own wireless network from class, I want what you've got-as might lots of others! *grins*

The only other solution that I can think of off hand--but you still may have trouble accessing it from school due to what ever security they have enabled, is to set up your own vpn. I opted for your standard external drive situation to share across my network as all of the ones that I have encounter so far that hook via your router, rather than via your usual firewire or usb port, are not very accessible when it comes to registration, and even in some instances configuration with jfw but that has just been my experience.

Good luck with this!!
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