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Thread: Connecting to the WL-HDD away from home?

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    Arrow Connecting to the WL-HDD away from home?

    Hi there all
    I am wanting to get one of these WL-HDD's but need to know if I will be able to access files on the disk from outside the home network I have. I use a D-link DSL-604T router at the moment for my network- which has many advanced configuration settings.
    Also, will I need a custom firmware to do this or will it work with the official fimware.
    Please help me out on this! Keep it fairly simple for me tho! Not a technical genius!
    Jono

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    Also- will I be able to use the WL-HDD to host photos and videos that I will be able to access from a website?
    Cheers guys
    Jono

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    There are multiple options here:
    To get FTP access on the WL-HDD on a home network you need to forward port 21 in the D-Link router towards the WL-HDD. Look in the manual for 'port-forwarding'.

    You can get Samba fileaccess (like a shared disk in Windows) is you place the WL-HDD in a DMZ behind the D-Link (Not very safe/secure though).

    You can install a custom firmware on the WL-HDD and run an extra webserver (on port 8080) on it, so you can access the pictures directly from a webpage. You need to forward port 80 on the D-Link to port 8080 on the WL-HDD is this case.

    In above cases you better give the WL-HDD a static IP address.

    There are probably even more options and sorry this sort of stuff needs to be a bit technical

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    Thanks for the advice
    I'm definitely going to get one of these
    I already understand how to do port forwarding etc but the web server sounds a bit more complex. I'll have a go after I get one.
    Cheers
    Jonathan
    Quote Originally Posted by Styno
    There are multiple options here:
    To get FTP access on the WL-HDD on a home network you need to forward port 21 in the D-Link router towards the WL-HDD. Look in the manual for 'port-forwarding'.

    You can get Samba fileaccess (like a shared disk in Windows) is you place the WL-HDD in a DMZ behind the D-Link (Not very safe/secure though).

    You can install a custom firmware on the WL-HDD and run an extra webserver (on port 8080) on it, so you can access the pictures directly from a webpage. You need to forward port 80 on the D-Link to port 8080 on the WL-HDD is this case.

    In above cases you better give the WL-HDD a static IP address.

    There are probably even more options and sorry this sort of stuff needs to be a bit technical

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