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You could connect to the router directly and see if there is a firmware update available for SMB v2 support, if there isnt you have two options.
1. Replace router with one which does support DLNA for windows 10
2. Find a DLNA adaptor which you plug into your router LAN and USB hard disk.
I would keep away from trying to reinstall SMB v1 on windows 10, the two options above would be no more than £60, and if you talk to Plusnet might be able to get a free router upgrade.
If you went for option 2 you wouldnt need to change the router.
DLNA is just a network protocol aimed more at streaming content, but any device which offers DLNA will provide the ability to view network storage, as you mentioned in terms of it appears as a new drive in Explorer.
As NAS have come down in price there dont seem to be too many USB to NAS\DLNA adaptors though. I will keep looking to see if I can find one for you.
This one here should work with windows 10.
From looking at the specs it does support SMB v3.
It doesnt support DLNA from what I can tell but runs the required network file sharing service you need.
There is a detailed Microsoft article about this here, in essence Microsoft are assuming everyone will go and use the cloud, and havent made a great deal of provision around SMB2 and SMB3, though it should work. Due to the threat from rasnsomware etc I wouldnt look to enable SMB1.
Hi as you would have removed the USB from the plusnet router the fireshare SMB v1 on the router would be disabled, however say you had two USB devices (one on plusnet router and one on this new device) you would have two devices shown on your device.
No, most customers use the cloud so have not encountered this issue. Alot of customers still using windows 8.1, as machines get hold and customers upgrade I am sure it will be more of a challenge.
Should you still have issues after upgrading then you can manually add the network drive if using SMB 2 or 3 following the instructions here.
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