i recently bought a MBWE II 1 TB i am trying to connect it to my laptop via ethernet. I don't have a router, my ethernet cards controller program says it is ok but the double pc symbol at the right bottom corner there is a warning says connection failed or not available. in the user guide it says;
' To connect to a shared folder on the My Book World Edition, right-click on the My
Network Places or Network Neighborhood icon on the desktop, then click Map
Network Drive… Type in the name of the My Book World Edition shared folder'
but this also doesn't work please help me
OK, I assume the hardware is fine: no router but a hub/switch or at least a crossover ethernet cable between your laptop and the WD box. Without a DHCP server on your net, the MB address defaults to 192.168.1.128. If nothing prevents you from changing the ip address of your laptop, open the network configuration, TCPIP settings of your card and manually sets the address in the same subnet … for example 192.168.1.100 netmask 255.255.255.0, no DNS, no gateway. When done, open a dosprompt, try ping 192.168.1.128 … any reply? Open IE, open http://192.168.1.128 … do you see a web page? If it works, try net use * \\192.168.1.128\PUBLIC … do you have the connection?
thanks for your reply but i can't fully understand what you are saying i don't know these jobs much can you explain it a bit more plz ?
OK but would you please give me some info about your network configuration. You said that you don't have a router - no problem - but I assume that you have an ethernet switch - or hub -. Or are you connecting your laptop directly to your WD box - cable wiring will be different? Are those two connected to internet - may I refer to public or private IP addresses ?
i am connecting WD box to my laptop directly with the ethernet cable came with WD box and i am using usb adsl modem which hasn't got any etnernet port on it. i think this is my ip [URL=www.resimupload.com/ds621569916_Snap1.html][IMG]http://pic1.resimupload.com/r3/thumb_621569916.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
i am connecting WD box to my laptop directly with the ethernet cable
Then you must use a Ethernet crossover cable : an ordinary one cannot be used for direct link !
but the cable i am using is came with the WD MYBOOK WORLD EDITION II and i think this is the proper one and also ip operator program says 1000mbps cable plugged in. the problem i am having is i can not reach my WD
… it is what is suspected. The cable that comes with the box is a "good" cable to connect the device to a multiport hub or switch; look in the Quick Install Guide, Hardware setup, point 2. It is the configuration that most people with several ethernet devices use; if you choose that solution, a 100 Mbps ethernet switch is enough - the WD box speed tops at about 50 Mbps and you need a second "plain" ethernet cable for your laptop. In order to hook the WD box directly to your laptop - without a hub or a switch - you need a crossover ethernet cable - not the same wiring as the one that was in the package; sure :-). That is the most economic solution … but you are of course limited to two devices; it can be easily found in any computer shops - double check, CROSSOVER ethernet (gigabit quality).
When the hardware problem is solved … next is the software. Even with a tiny 2 devices network, each device has to be configured in order to exchange data packets; you have to assign a proper IP address to every device. As your intention was to hook the WD box directly to your laptop, I assume that both are not connected to Internet; so you can use non routable private IP addresses. Considering that the WD box comes preconfigured with IP address 192.168.1.128, I suggest to assign an IP address in the same subnetwork space to your laptop, for example 192.168.1.100 (all addresses 192.168.x.x with x=1…255 are private class C IP addresses). In order to configure your laptop, you have to open the configuration panel, open the network settings, select the corresponding network card, right click for its properties and go the the TCPIP settings (you probably can go directly to the same panel by right clicking on the "double pc symbol at the right bottom corner" you described). You'll find several fields for the TCPIP configuration. Choose manual configuration i.e. non DHCP and enter the 192.168.1.100 address. In the netmask, enter 255.255.255.0 (this is to tell that all 192.168.1.x addresses are "in" your network). And the rest should be OK. Depending on your Windows version, you'll have to reboot or the settings will be applied immediately.
In order to check that everything is OK, open a dos prompt. Issue "ipconfig" (without "") … you should see the TCPIP info you entered before. Then "issue ping 192.168.1.128" … you should receive lines of replies from the WD box saying that no packet is lost. Now open Internet Explorer and ask the config Web page of the WD box http://192.168.1.128 … does it work? If you are still in mood to key in a few terminal commands, connect to the WD box file server by issuing "net use * \\192.168.1.128\PUBLIC" … you should have now a new network device Z: in Windows file manager. Alternatively, open the file manager and explore your network to find the WD box, open it to display the default PUBLIC share name.
I don't know if I have explained it nicely … don't hesitate to ask.
sorry, just noticed the fact that the laptop has an USB ADSL connection … it doesn't change anything. Be sure to configure your true laptop ethernet port in the network config, not the pseudo USB port. At the end, you'll have a laptop with 2 networks connected, one with Internet and the other private with your WD box.
i bought a croosover ethernet cable entered the settings that you said and the double pc symbol with a yellow warning disappeared. then in dos prompt i tried to ping but i got %100 packet lost.
tcp/ip settings snap 1 http://pic1.resimupload.com/r2/thumb_561973231.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
tcp/ip settings snap 2 http://pic1.resimupload.com/r4/thumb_563112051.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
are these configurations ok?
To connect your mybook to your laptop just do the following: no need for all that messy ip/netmask/dns config - yuch!
1. using the ethernet cable that came with the mybook, attach it to the myBook and then to the ethernet port on your laptop.
(don't bother tying this with the usb cable IT WILL NOT WORK)
2. turn on myBook, then your laptop.
3. don't worry if the little yellow symobl with a " !" appear on your network icon - thats normal.
4. open up your web browser and just type "mybookworld" ( i have the world editon- so mabye you just need "mybook" or some
other variation- should be in the manual.
5. you should now see your web interface for the myBook and should be able to login.
try opening another windownin your browser and type in \\mybookworld\PUBLIC
This should verify all the connections for you. Once you can get the connections, you can just use windows (I'm assuming your using windows) to map a network drive letter to the public share etc etc etc..
Hope that helps
PS before doing what I advised you- revert your lan properties back to the way they were
Obtain ip address automatically etc.
Hmmm … I am always very pleased to learn something. Sorry d4nt3 if I was the culprit of an unnecessary headache.
1) the use of the straight provided ethernet cable to connect 2 devices directly will only work if d4nt3 laptop net card is very recent and is automatic crossover capable. It will maybe work that way with it but it will always works with a crossover cable. The MBWE does automatic crossover switching.
2) obtain ip address automatically etc … from which DHCP server? The MBWE has a mDNSResponder daemon running a.k.a. Bonjour service discovery … but Windows doesn't without additional software. Same story with the MyBookWorld hostname; how Windows will be aware of it without a DNS server or Bonjour?
So d4nt3 … does the "fully automatic" procedure work?
I'd like some help with a similar problem. I've a laptop that I take to many places, and connect to many places so I don't necessarily want to fiddle with the laptop's network configurations. I also typically use wirelss connection to another network at the same time (if that matters). At home, I've a wireless router/cable modem, so everything just hooks up and works.
Normally, I connect to MyBookWorld (1.5Tb) through a router, but now at a new location, I don't have access to a router. I've a crossover cable, while Windows Vista can see a network connection, I can't access the device. I can't access the configuration screen through the browser (a DNS error) and I can't see it as a network device either, so I can't map any drives.
I had the same problem, I'm constantly moving around with my WE. sometimes I have access to my router and sometimes I don't.
Setting my desktop/laptop to DHCP and just using the straight through (the cable that came with the MBWE) worked fine. This had been frustrating me for a while. For some reason it would work at the old address from the DHCP server (192.168.1.100) but then after a approx 1 day of not bein hooked up to the router it would revert to - 169.254.24.70.
Can anyone tell me how to just make it stay at 192.168.1.100?
Anyway thanks for all the info…
Just go to the My Book admin page and in the network preferences use a fixed IP address. You might use 192.168.1.100 but just make sure that the router won't give it to another device. I think most of the routers allow the user to reserve some IP addresses.
In the My Book you will also need to specify a gateway and a DNS server. You can look in your computer network settings for these values.