Network Attached Storage

  Gary Wood 19:09 11 Nov 2006

I'm looking to get a Network Attached Storage device and wonder if anyone can answer the following questions:

1) I want to be able to access files over the internet when away from home, but this needs to be secure. Do any devices provide secure access?

2) Would I be better to buy a device which doens't offer remote access directly and then set up a VPN to access things remotely? If so, what hardware do I need to create the VPN?

3) Any specific recommendations for good NAS devices? I ideally want one I can put my own IDE HDDs in to make the solution upgradable.



  Forum Editor 10:54 12 Nov 2006

on your requirements it's difficult to advise you properly. If you are talking about a home network situation you probably don't want to spend the considerable sums that might be involved if you go for a secure VPN gateway solution.

A better way might be something like this:

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  Gary Wood 12:09 12 Nov 2006

Thanks for your reply.

I'm sorry, I should have mentioned that it is a home network.

My computer is currently set up to allow remote desktop connection through Windows, so I can currently access files that way. However, I was hoping that by having network attached storage, I wouldn't need to leave my desktop machine on all the time.

Many NAS devices seem to provide FTP functionality, but I'm not sure that this is a very secure way to transmit files across the internet.

For this reason, I wonder if I need to upgrade my broadband router to one which supports VPN connections. That way, I would be able to establish a VPN connection and then use FTP or SMB file transfer within that.

Anyone have any thoughts?


  fitshase 21:00 12 Nov 2006

I use a Buffalo Linkstation. It has a built in FTP server and a USB print server. Also expandable via a USB2 HDD.

Not a bad system at all.

  Gary Wood 21:08 12 Nov 2006


I have looked at the Buffalo range and they look pretty good. However, as far as I could see, they don't support SFTP, so files and login details are sent unencrypted across the internet. Can you confirm this?


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