I’ve recently tried setting up Samba sharing on my Asus RT-N18U Wireless Router with latest available official ASUSWRT software (188.8.131.52.378_9545-ge20f0c3). In order to achieve this, I followed what seemed a logical menu path:
USB Application -> Media Services -> “Network Place (Samba) Share / Cloud Disk”
No big deal so far, and then no issues either in creating and assigning permissions to users:
Unfortunately, what seemed (and should have been) a simple operation didn’t bring expected results. In fact, whenever I was attempting to access samba shares from my PC running Linux Mint (v. 17.2 Rafaela), I was either repeatedly re-asked for a password, or facing connection timed out errors. Samba sharing simply seemed not to be working.
A quick lookup on the Internet helped me not, as no other seemed to be facing the same issue. Or – at least – I have been unable to find a solution. So I have started to investigate a bit myself, using my old time friend, the powerful Linux command line. What I have discovered using smbclient is that there were some configuration issues:
/usr/bin/smbclient -L jerk WARNING: The "syslog" option is deprecated Enter root's password:
Server does not support EXTENDED_SECURITY but 'client use spnego = yes and 'cli
Note: jerk is the name of my router; replace it with your own router name, if you wish to reproduce the above
In order to fix this, I have added the following two lines:
client NTLMv2 auth = no client use spnego = no
within the global section (look for a [global] entry) of my local samba configuration file – which is /etc/samba/smb.conf on my PC. Then I also added the following to a newly created smb.conf file within a – newly created – .smb directory within my user’s home: That means the /home/MY_USER/.smb/smb.conf file now contains the following:
[global] client NTLMv2 auth = no client use spnego = no
I then reloaded my local samba server (I don’t know/think this was necessary) with the following:
service samba restart
The trick allowed me to get Samba sharing working.
I’m afraid others might face the same problem, so here it is what I did in order to make my Asus RT-N18U router Samba share work with my Linux Mint PC. If this helps you, let me know. Surely getting some feedback would encourage me to write other similar posts in the future.