Adding a HDD to the WLAN

Hi all
I have a WLAN by a TP-LINK MR600, connected to Internet by a ILIAD SIM. It doesn't have a USB port, then I would like to add a USB HDD (with external power) to the network by a TP-LINK TL-WR 1043ND v2 I already have, making a simple NAS. The 1043 has installed
OpenWrt 19.07.2 r10947-65030d81f3 / LuCI openwrt-19.07 branch git-20.057.55219-13dd17f
I'm trying, but it doesn't work...

I have associated my existing network and openwrt went in Client mode. Is it right?
I can access to the 1043 by LAN on, but I can't access by WiFi...

May you help me?

P.s.: Ooops... I tried changing category, but I only added the right one! How can I delete the "Installing"?

Now I'm trying connecting the two devices by wired LAN. I can access 1043 by MR600 WiFi network deactivating 1043 WiFi, but I don't see the HDD...

Uhmm... I see I have to add some packages...
Do I have to compile them or can I find something ready to use?
I'm thinking to come back to the original 1043 firmware... I installed openwrt because I had to do something of a bit complex, but it should be ok for only adding a HDD by LAN o WLAN...

I think you should slow down and go one step at a time...

If you can connect both routers using a wire, do it; it's faster and more reliable.

Now, the 1043 should be configured as a dumb access point. There is a guide explaining how to do this. Do not forget to assign a fixed IP address for it on the main router:

Next step is to be able to see the HDD from the 1043. You will need to install some packages and configure them, but there is also a guide for that:

Finally, you can follow yet another guide and learn how to share the drive:

Hope this helps!

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Thanks! :slight_smile:
In the meantime, I reverted to original firmware (I've had to use the unbrick by TFTP Server), but:

  1. If the 1043 is powered (with WiFi OFF!), the laptop can't access Internet via WiFi! I've done many tests, but I didn't understand why!
  2. I can't access HDD: I've read that original firmware should work with NTFS up to 2TB, but many people say that it doesn't work! The solution is a 3rd-party firmware...

In the next days I'll try your hints.

Thank you very much

You cannot have two DHCP servers on the same networks, or two routers with the same IP address.

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That's right.
MR600 is;
TL-WR1043ND is