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[AC68U] 8To HDD USB 3.0 SMB sharing not working

Discussion in 'ASUSWRT - Official' started by mime29, Feb 18, 2020.

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  1. mime29

    mime29 New Around Here

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    I use an external HDD Seagate steb8000301 usb3.0
    https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B07TZXR741/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_PyPsEbTA4RF1Q

    my goal: share its content with my apple tv 4k through SMB to read my digitalized blurays (I use Infuse on the apple tv, I also used vlc successfully)

    problem: I plug the hdd on the usb 3.0 port (configured as a 3.0 port as well) and when I try to access its content and folders through the asus merlin interface SMB page by tapping on the hdd name, the waiting indicator keeps rotating for many minutes ( never waited more than 5 minutes ).
    I also can't access the content from the apple tv softwares I referred earlier.

    note: When I change the USB 3.0 port configuration to USB 2.0 then everything works fine except that the bandwidth is not enough to stream my digitalized bluray.
    I can browse the folders in the SMB configuration panel of the asus merlin admin interface and I can also browse files kn vlc and infuse.

    What could be the problem here?
    Is it possible that 8To disks are not supported when plugged using usb3 but supported when using usb 2.0?
     
  2. OzarkEdge

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    I wonder if the router has enough memory for 8 TB of content... what is the memory consumption?

    OE
     
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    And there won't be much difference in 2.0 (480Mb/s) or 3.0 (5Gb/s).
    4k video shouldn't go above 40Mb/s, so easily done with USB2.0 specs.
    USB3.0 can interfere with 2.4GHz band, so often problematic.
     
  4. mime29

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    `what is the memory consumption?` -> I will set it back to USB 3.0 and check the dashboard main screen for video consumption. I should maybe post a screenshot with a more detailled memory consumption info. Is there a nice command for that?

    `40MB/s, so easily done with USB2.0` -> It is theoretical bandwidth but you might be right and maybe the source of my issue is not that. Still, browsing the folders in the SMB admin screen is just impossible when setting the port to USB 3.0.

    `USB3.0 can interfere with 2.4GHz band` -> What do you mean by that?
     
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    screenshot: Streaming bluray with Seagate 8To using USB 3 to VLC on Apple TV 4K

    The asus merlin admin interface couldn't browse the folders; that was my initial problem.
    I changed the port to USB 2.0.
    Rebooted
    Changed it back to USB 3.0
    Rebooted
    Plugged the external hard drive

    And after this I could see the folders in the SMB admin interface. (definitely a bug somewhere here bug hard to spot)

    I still have problems though. The stream seems perfectly ok but I have freezes sometimes.
    The memory consumption is high but I still have 15% free. CPU is also looking good.
    I'll continue to investigate by accessing the stream from a laptop and by eventually trying another apple TV app than vlc.
     

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    RAM can go up to 95% without any problem, thats part of how linux works (on those routers)! It will free RAM when needed.
    How did you format, Ext2/3/4 should be prefered for fastest connection.
    And HDD on USB isnt a good configuration at all, always troublesome, routers arent build to work as NAS, its only a bad feature. Better to use a NAS.
    There are limits in total files and their size and will bring your router down at some point as it caches the full directory and files.
     
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    That's very interesting and I'll look more into the NAS solution. If you have recommendation for something small and without noise, that's great.
    I formatted in NTFS to be able to access the data from all my machines (TV LG if I plug the HDD on it directly, Mac OS X, Windows, Router Asus)