How do I find the IP address of an external hard drive connect to the Nucleus?

I used to be able to see the files on my external hard drive by launching a browser and connecting via the IP address. However, I recently changed my router/modem to a new one, and my guess is that the IP address changed because I can no longer see the files using the .27 IP. (The external SSD hard drive is connected to my Nucleus via USB, and the Nucleus recognizes the files and plays the music from them.) How do I find the new IP address for the hard drive?

Have you tried typing http://nucleus.local or http://nucleusplus.local in a browser? (Choice depends on the model you have.)

If this works, the IP address is displayed in the bottom-left corner of the display.

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Yes, I did, but that only shows you the Nucleus control panel, not the external hard drive. What I used before I changed the router/modem looked like this: http://192.168.0.xx/data/

The external drive is connected to a Samba share on the Nucleus, and therefore, shares the same IP address.

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I would like to be precise here because there is a misconception that I think is confusing you:

USB hard drives as such don’t have IP addresses. The IP address is in a network interface. In this case, the USB drive is attached to the Nucleus and the Nucleus provides the network interface.

So to access the hard drive, you have to access the Nucleus over the network, using a file sharing protocol, SMB in the case of the Nucleus. That is, in your Windows File Explorer or Mac Finder, you enter the IP address of the Nucleus and access it that way.

In fact, as you can access the Nucleus by http://nucleus in a browser, you don’t even need an IP address (and avoid the complication caused by IP addresses) because your router knows the Nucleus by its network name. Therefore, you can do this, and most likely you already did this in the past because it’s the only way to access the USB hard disk over the network:

SMB Connection (Alternate Option)

You can copy music to this drive by visiting the network share:

- From a Windows PC

- From a Mac

    1. Open Finder
    1. Press Command + K*
    1. Enter smb://NUCLEUS/Data/Storage/InternalStorage

Be sure to replace NUCLEUS with NUCLEUSPLUS if you have a Nucleus+ If asked for a username and password, use Guest for both.

I.e., as described here:

(Side note: Some hard drives have a network interface built in, but this is irrelevant here)


Bingo! That worked. While I was using the browser before this is what I was really looking for. In my case the path is \Nucleus\Data\Storage\WD_My_Passport_Ultra_WD_My_Passport_083A_57584E31453135324337534B_34FC8748FC87037A-p2

Many thanks to both of you.