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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:08 am 
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Hi there!

First message here, so please be nice with me. ;) I have a Gigabit Linkstation. I´m not sure if "HS" or "HG" means gigabit. It´s the original White Linkstation 1 device, but with a gigabit port instead of 100Mbit Ethernet.

It´s got the stock fimware with the original 300 Gig drive.

However, recently I wanted to connect a 1 TB USB drive via the rear USB 2.0 port, and since the other HD is far away, I wanted to use a 5m USB 2.0 "extension cable". I learned the hard way that USB 2.0 "extension cables" are not transparent at all, from the software side. The manufacturers just use a USB 2.0 hub chip, and wire a single port to it. So when plugged into a PC it detects a "USB 2.0 hub". This is different from USB 1.x extension cables, which featured custom chips to amplify the signal but which were 100% transparent from the software side.

Obviously, this makes such setup NOT WORK with the Linkstation, which sees a "USB HUB" not the USB 2.0 hard disk after it.

So the million dollar question is:
Will OpenLINK fix this and allow me to see the USB 2.0 external hard drive even when connected thru a "USB HUB" (that is, the extension cable which is really a usb 2.0 hub at the end of one long cable).

Which OpenLink firmware release should and I get and from where?.
Thanks in advance
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:16 pm 
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The HS and the HG are both Gigabit models. --

I use 'convential' USB 2.0 hubs connected to both ports of the LS myself. They work, yet when I unplug the power chord, the LS will not power down, unless I also unplug the rear USB hub too.

Try the front port, reboot the LS just in case. For serious trouble-shooting, you would need a custom firmware with shell access, maybe combined with a more capable kernel.

http://buffalo.nas-central.org/wiki/FAQ
http://buffalo.nas-central.org/wiki/FAQ ... _Questions
http://buffalo.nas-central.org/wiki/FAQ/Firmware

Not to forget davy_gravy's and stonie's efforts to bring Debian to the PPC LSs


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