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I have just purchased the hardware for Network-attached storage (NAS) and would like to know if there is a Free - or inexpensive application - that will enable me to access the files in my NAS Hard drives whilst on Vacation where I will be able to have WiFi.
the NAS equipment - from Amazon - has not arrived yet but it is:
Synology DS214se 2 Bay Desktop NAS Enclosure  with a 1Tb HDD
working with my home network via my Apple Airport Extreme Wireless router.
Whilst on vacation I do not wish to leave my MAC or Router switched on - for safety reasons.
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Many NAS already have this built-in, you just need to configure it via the synology utility when you get it. But, the router to your ISP will have to be on, you need internet access to the NAS, and without the router it wouldn't be connected to the internet.
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by:akahan
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It's built in to the Synology.

But you're not going to be able to connect to the Synology if the router it's plugged into is turned off.
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by:Eoin OSullivan
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No Router = No Internet Connectivity = No remote access.

Your options are to either copy critical files to the cloud using something like Google Drive, Dropbox etc. which release you from needing to access your home NAS.

Alternatively you will have to leave the NAS and router running while you are away.  If you put them on a UPS and surge protector there is very little risk of any electrical issues.  These devices are designed to run 24/7/365
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by:John Goodger
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so if I leave the home Network running - then what is the best method of viewing the HDD content remotely
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by:akahan
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What will you be viewing it FROM?  An iPad?  A PC?  A Mac?  Do you want to be able to edit it, or just view it?  Will you be taking a particular device with you from which you will want to be doing your viewing, or do you want to be able to connect from any machine you happen to sit down at?
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by:rindi
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You'll find instructions on how you access the data of your NAS in the NAS's manual.
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I will be using my iPad for viewing only
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OK, very simple then.
Just install the free Synology App DSFile on your iPad.
If you want to avoid messing with port forwarding on the router, and the possibility of your ISP changing your IP address while you're away, enable QuickConnect on the Synology (Control Panel/Network Services/Quick Connect) and use the Quick Connect coordinates provided in the "Quick Connect Info" window in DSFile to connect to the Synology while you're away.
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by:Eoin OSullivan
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The Synology NAS has a range of interfaces for remote access to files.  
I'd suggest you use the DS File function of the Synology DiskStation Manager system which runs on the NAS.
http://www.synology.com/en-us/products/overview/DS214se

Before you go on holidays you'll need to set that up and then open a NAT port on the router to direct traffic to the NAS outside your home network.  You'll need a fixed DNS or DynDNS setup on the router so you can know the ip or address of the home network when you are away from home.
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by:John Goodger
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Thank  you all very much.
My NAS Hardware arrives in a few days and I will put my chosen best solution into action
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