need help with understanding NAS drives

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by anonymous4a, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. anonymous4a macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2012
    hey guys, I want to buy a external network drive but be able to view my files anywhere I have a connection. Is this possible? I don't mean just home wifi but wherever I have internet and look at my files on the network drive. Any recommendations on specific drives ?
  2. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    It's about effort and you might be better off with some hosting service.

    But if you really want you would need
    1) a router (like AirPort Extreme)
    2) a fixed IP adress or a service like DynDNS to reach your router from outside
    3) a firewall at least, better VPN setup, best even both

    With this you can reach any NAS in your internal net you want to buy. I have a QNAP but other work the same way.

    The big challenge will be the security of your network and files. People out there love to try to scan the net and find open ports.

    That's why: hosting not an option ?

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