Setting up a remote network

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ross.32, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. ross.32 macrumors 6502

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    Next year I will be attending my first year of college, hopefully with the help of a new MBP. I plan on purchasing a LaCie external ethernet HDD (http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?pid=10882). The college that I am attending has wirelesss internet everywhere on campus, but I am not sure if they have wired ethernet running into the dorm rooms.

    What I would like to set up a VPN so I can access the contents of the HDD from anywhere on campus (I plan on keeping most of my video files there). If possible, I would like the VPN that I create to be able to access the internet without having to use ethernet, because I am not 100% sure that option will be avaible to me.

    That leaves me with a few questions...1)What hardware and software will I need to be able to pull this off...2) If this does work, will the connection be fast enought to stream video or maybe even HD video...3) and unrelated, if I were to get the drive now and put the files on it using a Windows XP machine, would the drive need to be reformatted before working with OS X?

    Thank you in advance for you responces
    Ross
     
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  3. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    if its ethernet, you can normally go into the drive using a web browser. (e.g.10.0.1.1) and configure the device. i know that ethernet lacie drives normally have user accounts that you can create on there. this is really handy. once you have configured it, in the finder hit apple-K, (connect to server) type in the name/IP and a log in screen should come up. if done properly, you and only you will have access

    DoFoT9
     
  4. ross.32 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Can i give other computers remote access as well if i wanted. For instance if i made a movie, and wanted to give it to my girlfriend, could she log on to my drive and download it to her computer.

    If i were to do this, could i use a airport express and have that connect to my schools wireless internet, or would i need a special router?
     
  5. uNext macrumors 6502

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    I have never fiddle around with a lacie network hdd
    but i know that numerous NHDD's do allow multiple users to log in once you intially set it up.

    Or you can just simply give your girlfiriend your username & password and let her log in to download the file. (Just hide the p0rn when you know you will do this :)..J/K)

    I believe any router will be able to handle what your looking for.
     
  6. ross.32 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ill just keep that on the internal :D...anyways thanks for all your help. Knowing I will be able to do this will make my switch to a Mac alot more enjoyable
     
  7. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    simply make a guest user name.. password of guest or something (maybe something harder) and give them READ ONLY access... that way they can read, but not write :)

    oh and to hide the pr0n, just ad a dot "." to the start of the file/folder. then download tinkertool, and turn on "show hidden and system files" and your laughing :) hahahahahaha
     
  8. ross.32 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    was tht ur imitation of the dr. evil laugh....mhaa mhaa
     
  9. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    oh btw.. i just remembered.

    i have a lacie networking thingo. 300gb ithink (320gb??) well anyway, i have tried doing the network thingo. ive set up users and all that kinda stuff (throu the hdd of course) and then when i connect to it it only brings up some random partition when i log in. i cant bring up my files which have everything saved. ill try it again now and see if i can get it. you may not have this problem as i did partition the drive into 3/4 diff partitions. so its prob my fault
     
  10. ross.32 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ok please let me know how that goes. I do not plan on partitioning the drive at all.
     
  11. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    hhmm it only seems to be able to read the fat32 partition.. im still trying tho so dont loose hope!! hahaha
     
  12. ross.32 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    If I do not partition at all, I don't think that there would be a problem, would there. I am no expert I have never messed with anything like this before.
     
  13. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    nope im about 95% sure u wont have any issues. i am just about to repartition into the original format and one partition. i shall report back asap.
     
  14. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    shes all good mate. just reformated into one partition( mac os x extended) and it works perfectly, i created a different user name to make it more secure and stuff. its all sweet now, you have no worries. any problems just pm me or something as i know what can go wrong hahahaha.
     
  15. ross.32 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you very much. You have been a big help to me over this. I really appreciate it. I have never set anylike this up, so I sure I will have some problems. If I can't figure it out I will let you know. Thanks again!
     
  16. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    haha thats ok mate, thats what we're here for!!! good luck with it and enjoy!
     

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