Three days ago my NBN HFC connection was installed and I fired up the TPG supplied Huawei HG659 and the Internet and VoIP worked immediately.
I have been using a USB drive as a network attached storage on my old router and have found it really useful for LAN sharing of files.
Unfortunately I plugged my USB drive into the HG659 and set up the SAMBA server as per the TPG/Huawei instructions but I could not access the drive through the network.
The problem is that SAMBA (and FTP) do not have a default Access Control List (ACL) setup by TPG and this requirement is not made clear in the instructions.
Firstly plug the USB drive into a USB port on the HG659 and log into the setup utility. Setup the SAMBA server in the Sharing section, add a user name and password, drive and permissions as per the HG659 manual. (Sharing section)
Setup an Access Control List for the SAMBA server to access the LAN as follows:
Open the Internet tab in the HG659 setup page
Select network Security Tab
Select +New ACL
In Service Type select SAMBA
In Access Direction Select LAN
In Windows file explorer, right mouse on network
Select map network drive.
Select the drive letter required.
In the folder text box enter: \\192.168.1.1\username then click Finish (username is the username that you set in the usb storage user part of HG659 user settings. Note that if you have changed the HG659 LAN address, then change the \\IP address\ part to be the same as the IP used to log onto the router)
The security dialog box should open:
Enter the user name (for the usb storage)
Enter the password (for the usb storage)
Click OK and you should now see and be able to access the USB drive
The same ACL setup is required to access the FTP.
My router connected to an old XP computer and after following the instrauctions I cannot see it in the network places, but I can see it on a Windows laptop also connected to the network, but it won't let me log in using the login details I entered ;(
My HG659 uses SMBv1 which is no longer installed in Windows 10 because of poor security. To access the USB drive from my Win10 machine I had to activate SMBv1.
The instructions are here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-au/help/4034314/smbv1-is-not-installed-by-default-in-windows