D-Link SharePoint for Ubuntu

So I bought a new router and this one is a D-Link DIR-657 and it has one has the abillity to have a usb printer or harddisk connected to it. Something I would like to use, but there is a problem I’m using Linux, since there is no software for it from D-link and no help from D-link (non that I could find), I began to search for an answer to get it working on Ubuntu.

I first found an forum post, that tried using FTP to access it, and from what I could read, they could’nt, but they had found some other post about it Link 1 Link 2. The second link gave the most answer, it seams that the protocol used by the SharePoint software, is supported by smbclient and therefor can be connected to it by using smbclient.

First I tried to connect to it as the second link says

smbclient -L

But I got this reply from the router

Domain=[WORKGROUP] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba 3.0.24]Server requested LANMAN password (share-level security) but 'client lanman auth = no' or 'client ntlmv2 auth = yes'tree connect failed: NT_STATUS_ACCESS_DENIED

So what to do other than read some documentation on smbclient, I found that by adding “-U” you could connect to is as an user, so I tried this also

smbclient -L -U admin

But I got the same reply as before, then back to the documentation, found that by adding an “-N” instead of an “-U” you could specify that no user, that had to be tried

smbclient -L -N

And success, I got the list of devices on connected to it

Domain=[WORKGROUP] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba 3.0.24]

Sharename       Type      Comment
---------       ----      -------
usb(A1)         Disk      Device(us) (LaCie,LaCie Device)
IPC$            IPC       IPC Service (D-Link DIR-657)
Domain=[WORKGROUP] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba 3.0.24]

Server               Comment
---------            -------

Workgroup            Master
---------            -------

So now I wanted to connect to it, after installing cifs-utils (sudo apt-get install cifs-utils), I could mount it in a folder in my home directory.

mkdir $HOME/SharePoint
sudo mount.cifs //\(A1\) $HOME/SharePoint/

Then so I added an file, and unmounted the directory looked at it, no file, mounted it again and the file was there, so It worked. Now I would like to have it mounted at boot, then we need to add it to the fstab file. Since I can’t remember how to do this, I found a site that contained this information Link 3

# Network hdd on D-Link
//\(A1\) /home/kaalund/SharePoint  cifs _netdev 0 0

Next to mount it, one could either reboot or use the mount command “sudo mount -a”. So whats next, that somebody add a scripts that can do this from nautilus when a device like this on the network. But I don’t think it is going to be me.

Written on July 25, 2012