WD MyBook Essential

Hi, I am trying to connect my WD MyBook Essential to my Netgear DGN2200 modem/router ( Netgear DGN2200) to use as a network drive. I have followed the instructions from them and looked everywhere on the internet and they all say to do the same thing. However when I connect the drive to the router, it is not recognized, it’s like it’s not even there. When I go through Netgear Genie, it tells me the router does not support ReadyShare, contrary to their website.


Is there something I am missing ? Something I am supposed to do with the drive itself ?

Hello there,

If the drive works properly on a computer, make sure that your router is running with the latest firmware available for your model.

Please note that the WD My Book is a plug and play unit and it should be detected by most of the computers and devices on the market.

I thought Elements was the only plug and play drive?


Thanks for the replies, however I found the answer. The OEM Netgear DGN2200 is supported for the ReadyShare, even with the WD MyBook Essential, HOWEVER because I have a DGN2200 supplied by Optus when I was with them, I found out that Netgear customizes the modem/router for Optus. By customize I mean DISABLE a bucketload of features in the router firmware. This means they show up in the router options, but when you go through the Netgear Genie application, they show as NOT SUPPORTED (pictured). Unfortunately this is not able to be undone by updating the firmware as the regular Netgear firmware will brick the modem and make it unusable…

So I have now purchased an OEM Netgear DGND3700 N600 modem/router and will be using that when it arrives. Thanks again for the replies :slight_smile:

As you can see here it shows up

However, when you press it, it shows as this

I notice your running Firmware v1.0.0.16

looking at the Optus website (with their Firmware)

Optus Firmware v1.0.0.34 was the last one available … and a mystery one v1.0.0.36 which nobody can find

  • Fixed a Readyshare USB interoperability issue with NTFS format.


who knows ? maybe Optus Firmware v. will have readyshare unlocked ?

here’s a download link: http://help.optuszoo.com.au/img/cms/zoohelp/connected/windows/optus_modems/netgeardgn220016062011.zip