Making my own server...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by koobcamuk, Nov 25, 2007.

  1. koobcamuk macrumors 68040


    Oct 23, 2006
    Hi guys...

    I am thinking about getting an external hard drive, with ethernet linkage (i.e. not using USB or Firewire) and plugging it into my router for access... I am sure this will be fine.

    Once I have done this, what is the best way to access this hard drive from the outside world?

    Does anyone have any good ways of doing this?
  2. ab2650 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2007
    Accessing it externally largely depends on what services your NAS (Network Attached Storage) offers and on what ports; Secondly, what your ISP filters may be an issue as well.

    For instance, many NAS devices have a web (http, port 80) service. You can open port 80 on your firewall, but many ISPs intentionally block inbound port 80 because it prevents people from running home web servers.

    The same goes for SMB/CIFS ports, which IIRC are 137-139. Plus, it would be a pretty bad idea to blindly open SMB/CIFS and rely on it's own username/password that can be easily found.

    Arguably, a dang good way to connect to your home network securely is using SSH tunneling. It requires that you familiarize yourself with the command line and the ideas of encrypted traffic. You would also need to have a server accepting SSH connections at home (hint, your mac works - Turn on "Remote Login")

    Personally, all my inbound ports except for SSH are refused at the router. If I went to access files, or access the desktop of one of my home machines, etc, I just 'tunnel' traffic to the applicable port. It's essentially a "poor man's VPN" but it works really well for me.

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