Personal cloud storage lets you get to files on your home Network Attached Server (aka NAS or storage device) over the Internet when you are away from home. You can get to your personal cloud for media access, file access, or system administration by using WD’s MyCloud feature without having to worry about setting up a Virtual Private Network. It’s a lot like Google Drive, Dropbox, Skydrive, and AWS except that the files are on your personal storage server inyour home. This article only shows you how to set one up . You can also learn how to Set Up NAS storage devices and how to Set Up Media Streaming on WD DNS-320L.
Remote PCs can’t normally get to your home storage device because your router/firewall is preventing them; it’s the firewall’s job to block all outside traffic from coming in. In order for remote access to work, you have to punch a hole through your firewall. It also has to send any incoming connections through that hole to the storage device. So you’re going to have to log in to your router and do a bit of set up.
Note that any hole you punch in a firewall will make your home network a bit less secure.
1Setting Up Your Personal Cloud Router
All routers are different so your set up may be a bit different -but not much- from mine which is a Linksys. All Linksys routers are pretty much the same.
- Get the storage server IP address and name: Go to Control Panel, Hardware and Sound, Devices and Printers. Under Devices, you should see an icon for your NAS. Double-click it and click on the Hardware tab where you’ll see both the IP address and the name.
- Log in to your router and get the Public IP Address or Internet Address. This is usually on the first screen after you log in.
- Click on the tab for Applications and Gaming, then Port Range Forwarding. Enter on the first blank line: 80 and 80 for the port range, TCP as the protocol, and the IP address of the storage device which you got in the previous step. Don’t forget to save.
That is all the set up you need to do. But you’ll want to test it before taking it on the road.
2Making Sure That It Works
Using the Internet (or public) IP address of your router you may be able to log in to your personal cloud server (storage device) right away through your browser. If you get to the ShareCenter screen then it works. In my case it didn’t because my Internet Service Provider won’t let me connect to my home from my home through the Internet.
I could go to Starbucks and test it from there. But if it doesn’t work I’ll have to go back home and then back to Starbucks to test again. Another way to check the set up to use a proxy or VPN connection. You can go to HMA!, and select one of the proxy servers on the list. Then go to the Control Panel, Network and Internet, Internet Options, Connections. Select “Use a proxy server for your LAN”, and enter the IP of the proxy and port number, then click OK. Now try it again; type in your router’s Internet address as the URL and you should be able to get to your personal cloud server’s home screen. Congratulations, you’ve just tested remote access without leaving home. If it’s not working then go through the steps again. Once you have this running, remember to turn off the proxy server by unchecking the “Use proxy server for your LAN” check box.
Now you can use the WD ShareCenter web interface at home or away. And you can download your personal cloud files using the browser by clicking on the My Files icon and navigate to find the file you want. (Note that the icons to the left of the file names are not check boxes.) To download any file highlight it and press on the Download button.
Internet Service Providers occasionally change your router’s IP address. When that happens you won’t be able to get to your personal cloud remotely any more. To avoid that you can connect using your router using its name instead of its IP address. Service providers generally don’t change names.
Use the <Win>R keys and type “cmd” to get to the command prompt. Then type nslookup <your-ip-address> and you will see the name of your router.