NAS 4.0 Sample applications

Sample Applications:

  1. Sharing existing data stored in a drive - a great way to create content on a drive by a PC and then share the content over the LAN or WAN.
    When a USB or eSATA drive is attached to the NAS 4.0 adapter connecting to a LAN, all the folders at the root level of the drive appear in a pull down menu under the "Adding a Share Folder" menu option. You can select the folder that you want to share and then assign READ/WRITE privileges to different users for access via SMB or FTP connection. You may grant EVERYONE, a default user in the NAS 4.0, full READ/WRITE or READ only privileges via SMB or FTP access if security is not your concern. Enabling EVERYONE user access allows any users on the same network to access the share folder without any password authentication.
     
  2. Sharing the content of the entire drive - a simple and quick way to share all contents on a drive over LAN or WAN without any elaborate administrative set up. 
    Attached  a USB or eSATA drive  to the NAS 4.0 adaper connecting to a LAN. Under the "Adding a Share Folder" menu, select 'full disk sharing' option, create a name for this share and assigned this share to a drive that appears under the drive selection pull down menu. Now assign READ/WRITE privileges to the users that you want to grant access. 

    If security is not a concern,  you may assign READ/WRITE privileges to the user called EVERYONE with SMB and/or FTP access. The content of the entire drive will appear to all users on the same network or accessible over the WAN  or FTP connection by enabling the EVERYONE user. There is no authentication needed when login as an EVERYONE user. So this type of sharing may be acceptable for a private network like at home or small business environment
     
  3. Swapping out hard drive using the same SHARE setting
    In situation where you want to switch to a different drive and use the same SHARE set up (this is particularly useful if you want to share the full content on different drives), the new drive must have the same mount point or volume serial number (VSN) as the hard drive being replaced. When a drive is attached to this NAS adapter, a unique mount point is created in the NAS adapter to track this drive. This mount point is associated with the VSN of the drive. The VSN is a unique # created by the OS when the drive is formatted. The SHARE configuration for each drive follows the mount point of the drive. So You may use RAID 1 to duplicate the VSN on multiple drives or you may use this free software utility http://www.xboxharddrive.com/freeware.html to change the VSN on the drive. This utility enables changing the VSN without formatting the drive.