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NAS Sharing through VPN? (WAN)

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by rspierz, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. rspierz

    rspierz Networkin' Nut Member

    Hello,

    I was just trying to figure out how to setup my nas so that it can be accessed outside my network. I would like to access my nas one house to another through a VPN. Any guides or help on this subject is appreciated.

    Thanks,
    rspierz
     
  2. PBandJ

    PBandJ Networkin' Nut Member

    I think it's less of an issue with the NAS, more of a question of VPN.
    Read about the differences between TUN and TAP here: http://serverfault.com/questions/21157/should-i-use-tap-or-tun-for-openvpn
    If using TAP - broadcast will go across the VPN so you'll be able to access your NAS by name.
    Using TUN - only by IP, so make sure it's static.

    Oh, and don't expect great performance. From my experience, Samba doesn't work well over WAN. You may need to setup WebDAV or a FTP server to get decent performance.
     
  3. rspierz

    rspierz Networkin' Nut Member

    Thanks PBandJ for the input. So I think I will want to use tap as it seems to be what others use. Basically my Nas has my media on it that i would like to access in different networks. I have a 10 megabit upload speed so I think it should be enough to stream/download offsite. It would be nice to use SMB as thats what I am using currently to access files. I have a WRT310n on toastman tomato, however I think I have the wrong firmware in it. Could you point me to the toastman VPN firmware?

    So if I end up setting up TAP, is there a guide you recomend? I am tech savvy but have no experience with VPNs :(

    Thanks!
    rspierz
     
  4. kthaddock

    kthaddock Network Guru Member

  5. rspierz

    rspierz Networkin' Nut Member

    Thanks for the guide! Okay I am looking at firmware right now and I am not sure which one I need. I need to reflash because I dont have the VPN version.

    My router is the WRT310n V1. So is "tomato-K26-1.28.7500.4MIPSR2Toastman-RT-VPN.trx" the right one??
     
  6. PBandJ

    PBandJ Networkin' Nut Member

    What I wrote about SMB over WAN has nothing to do with your upload speed. SMB wasn't designed for the WAN.
    Read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Server_Message_Block#WAN_performance_issues
     

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