Are there any real options for setting up a NAS with seamless Finder integration?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Mikel30, Apr 24, 2016.

  1. Mikel30 macrumors member

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    I'm looking at buying a new MacBook, but hate deciding between 256 and 512 GB. I could get away with 256, but I would have to store some files on an external drive. These aren't files I use every day, but when I do need them, it's nice to be able to easily access them.

    I was thinking about buying a WD MyCloud. I liked this because I could access the drive as a "Shared" network drive when I'm at home, just as if it were a USB drive. However, it seems if I leave the house, the only way to access that drive is either through the MyCloud app or web portal. And I'd really like to maintain Finder integration.

    Then I did some research, and it seems one way to accomplish remote Finder integration is to run a VPN on the NAS. So when I'm out and about, I connect to the VPN, which makes the NAS appear as a local disk. But I've heard mixed reviews about doing this (I looked at Synology). Basically that you have to constantly stay attached to a VPN, some wifi connections won't allow this, and that the Finder integration can be finicky.

    So, are there any real solutions to accomplish that that I'd be happy with sinking a couple hundred dollars into? Or should I just go for the 512GB of flash storage and keep most of my files with me?
     
  2. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    The simplest way to achieve this would be enabling Back to my Mac, but that requires an Apple router + possibility to use it on your ISP's infra as the outermost router (WAN port needs to be visible on internet).
     

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