NAS 200 & WRT350N

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Network Storage Devices' started by twistedsam, May 5, 2008.

  1. twistedsam

    twistedsam LI Guru Member


    I have a WRT350N where DDNS is on :

    and that works just fine,

    But now i have bought a NAS200 and want to use this as ftp , with my dyndns acount.
    But in the setting of the nas i cant set my DDNS acount.
    Can anyone help me out with that?
    I don't have a TZO acount and feling to pay for an acount for it.

    Best Regards, Sammy
  2. DragonsLore

    DragonsLore LI Guru Member

    The NAS200 comes with a "1" free year of TZO service.

    All you need to register for this is your MAC ID number from your NAS200 unit.
  3. jac_goudsmit

    jac_goudsmit Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Your WRT350N router supports dyndns updates. Every time that the WAN address of the WRT350N changes, it will let know about the change, so that anywhere in the world, someone can look up your domain name and will get the IP address of the WAN side of your router.

    Even though it would be simple to implement this functionality on the NAS200 (and even though this would still work even if the NAS200 is behind your router), it wouldn't make much sense: the router already does it and that's enough, only one computer on your network has to notify about your public IP address, and in this case it's your router that does the work.

    However, setting up the NAS200 for FTP access behind a router is not nearly that easy. You can open the standard port for FTP (21) on your router but that's not enough: while you transfer directories and data, your router has to "read along" with the packets of data, and dynamically forward other ports besides 21. Most routers don't support FTP servers on the LAN side, and although I don't know your particular router, I'm pretty sure it doesn't support it either: this is a feature that only few people need, and manufacturers want you to buy an expensive professional router if you do.

    If you only want to download files from the NAS200 to a computer outside your LAN, you can use the web GUI: Set the NAS200 web interface to a port that's not in use (like 8000), and set the WRT350N to forward TCP traffic on that port to your NAS200 and download the files with a web browser.

    If you want to upload files to the NAS200 from outside the LAN, you will either have to (temporarily) set the DMZ on the WRT350N to be the NAS200 and use FTP (assuming the WRT350N has a DMZ feature; DMZ is where ALL ports are forwarded to a particular machine), or you can use my Jac0 firmware to set up SSH and use WinSCP to securely transfer files using the SCP protocol. For more information, refer to the thread about my firmware.

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