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Internet access to Local Storage

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Brickfoot, Jul 22, 2007.

  1. Brickfoot

    Brickfoot LI Guru Member

    I need to access my storage drive from the Internet. It is connected and works great on the Local Network. I just don't know how to set up and manage the rest.

    I have 3 Linksys products available if needed for this project. I have a BEFSX41 Router with a WAP54G Access Point connected. I have a EZXS55W 5-Port Switch I'm not using. My network storage is primarily for streaming audio. I have a cable Internet connection. With the storage drive, two computers, and AP connected the router is full so my laptop is stuck in wireless mode when I'm at home (I'd like to fix this problem.) I have decided to manually assign IP's and edit the hosts file on all of the computers so the Storage drive will always be known. (I wasn't aware that the router didn't have static IP capability when I bought it and it's too old to return now.)

    The router firewall is enabled I have it locked down to "Block Anonymous Internet Requests," and "Filter IDENT(Port 113)."

    I know my current WAN IP and I'm sure it changes but I don't know how often. What are my options (security vs. performance?) to make the storage drive available to Authorized Users? I'm thinking the switch might be helpful, maybe set up a subnet for the Local Network. I think I can get that set up without too much trouble. I've seen references to DDNS but can't afford extra monthly fees for services, (are free services secure?). I have a Web-Site (not the free one from my ISP), but don't know if that can be used somehow for this project. And finally, when I need to access the audio from the Internet what would I type in the address bar?

    I hope this not too much but I have tried the tech support here at Linksys and at the Storage drive manufacturer's Web-Site. I realize it's my responsibility to figure this out but I need your help.


  2. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    What type of client do you use to connect to your local storage? Samba, FTP, etc?

    If you can set up an ftp server on it all you would have to do is forward a port on the router to the storage device, and you would be done in no time flat.
  3. Brickfoot

    Brickfoot LI Guru Member

    I guess I forgot the obvious info. These are all Windows computers. I will also have to use 2 Macs from a remote location. The storage is basically just a big harddrive with some file and user management software included. I don't see anything about FTP compatability. Right now I just have mapped network drives using Windows. A Linksys tech. suggested the ftp port forwarding but I couldn't get it to work----but-----it may be because I don't know how to set it up correctly: or if set up right, I'm not typing in the correct info in the address bar from the remote computers.

    Thanks for the reply.


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