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can I access my WD World Book without using mionet.

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I Have a 2TB WD World Book Ethernet Drive. Mionet issues due to lost mionet registration info. Have repeatedly asked for a resolution and get no response. Ready to beat this with a large hammer and shipping it back that way.
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Some have done this successfully.  Below is the post from a forum explaining the steps:

1.) Don't install the MIONET software.
2.) You need a router with DHCP services enabled for things to work
3.) If you want to access it, just go to your finder, click go and then browse until you pick it up.
4.) You will require a rather expensive router OR a cheap old linksys with the dd-wrt firmware or something similar installed (wifi-box, sveasoft, etc should also work
5.) Get the MAC address of the network interface off of the sticker on the back of the unit and configure your DHCP services to statically assign an IP to the Western Digital Box. (e.g. 192.168.1.140)  now every time your unit is powered up and asks for an ip it will get the same one.
6.) Lookup the ports required for windows/samba networking and have them forwarded to the DHCP statically assigned IP. For the ultra lazy and security lax, just place it in the DMZ.
(please note, this is a really bad idea)
7.) setup pptp passthrough and a link.
8.) if your router does not support pptp with radius authentication, then you will either have to configure a linux box to do this for you or find another firmware. (the earlier linksys firmware for the WRT54G is preferred, but not required)

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Works like a charm. Able to access from remote locations. This should be the setup that WD offers. You can't connect a drive like this without a router anyway. The less software the better.
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