Joined: 08 Oct 2006 Posts: 556 Location: Boston, Lincs. UK
Posted: Sun 04 Nov 2012, 06:23 Post subject:
Recycled BT Homehub2 Subject description: A free NAS server
Just thought I would share a little victory.
I got a couple of humehub2 routers free from my local freecyle and have been pondering what to do with them. They have a USB port on the back so I thought I would look into the possibility of using one as a NAS server as they can be expensive.
First steps were to set the Homehub up as a wireless access point. To do this I first set the router back to factory reset and then plugged it straight into my computer via ethernet. In a browser I went to the inteface by using http://bthomehub.home Changed the password (the default password is printed on the back of the router) and went in to the Hub Manager. The steps to set up as a wireless AP are then:
Go to Settings/Advanced Settings/Application Sharing/Firewall select Disable then Apply.
Then go to Home Network/IP Addresses/DHCP Server in the Enabled section select No then Apply.
In Hub IP Address type in a suitable IP, the edimax router I am connecting this to starts at 192.168.1.1 and has an IP pool of 254 so I chose 192.168.1.175 for my homehub. Select Apply.
You can, if you wish, change the SSID of the router if you want to use it for your wireless network by going to Wireless/Configuration.
Unplug the ethernet from your computer and plug it in to your usual router. Pop in a USB drive to the port on the back of the Homehub and you have yourself a wireless NAS.
I used PNethood to connect the first time which creates a mount in mnt/network/BTHOMEHUB/USB1. I soon tired of this and concocted a tiny script to connect and open the directory in Rox and also and unmount script (See below)
I hope this will help someone else and save a few of the much maligned BT Homehubs from landfill.
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