How to connect  to NDAS storage on a router from the outside world

Posted on 2006-11-26
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Last Modified: 2013-11-29
I have a NDAS external drive (NexStar Vantec),  on my modem/router (dsl),  from any station in house on the lan
I can attach.  What to do to get the following,  when enroute with my laptop now I can connect to my workstations and then also to the Ndas by using a remote control program. 2 problems then, a. the person on that station  has to take a break, b.  if in weekend all workstations are down or off, can't read the Ndas disk.
So I wish to connect direct via router to Ndas. but how??
Question by:BIAPRO
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How do you connect to NDAS when in the office, is in windows file sharing SMB, web interface, ftp?  With that being said once you determine which one you are using if it is web interface or ftp on the router you should be able to do port forwarding so that you can forward say port 21 (ftp) to the NDAS box.  What this would allow is for you to access ftp using the external IP address of your dsl.  Again, this depends on what type of access the remote storage allows.


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Hello Matt,
The device has usb/lan ports, as test I did connect it to my router and based on the software wich came with it it will
see it in win-xp-pro explorer as a extra drive.
The software can use the device in sharing mode, all to do is just install this software on any computer.
I was brainstorming in a way since its on the router that using the outside ip number and the device has a ip number??
then setting in the router a NAT address ???  I just don't know  having no expirience in this kind off work.
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When the NDAS device is on the network, you know its IP address?  if you do try typing ftp://ipaddress in ie and see if you can connect, also try http://ipaddress.  If those work and you can view your files through there, you can then in the router set up a port forward, essentially this allows a device on the internet to access your NAS device and be forwarded to the internal LAN.

A port forward may look something like this:

PORT                 LAN IP                  Enable
21 (FTP)               X


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