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Using your Linksys NSLU2 Network Storage Link, a Linksys Router and TZO DDNS to access your files remotely

   
 

Step 1) Install your Linksys NSLU2 Storage Link device on a Static IP using setup CD
The first thing you need to do is install and configure the NSLU2 Storage Link. Following the directions, plug in the NSLU2, plug in your external USB disk drive(s) and connect the NSLU2 to your Linksys router.

Please Note:
If you already have the NSLU2 up and running, you can skip the below steps and follow the manual to set a Static IP address on the device. The static IP should be 192.168.1.200. You can then skip to step 9

Step 2) Insert your setup CD and run the Linksys NSLU2 Storage setup
The Setup will search your network for the NSLU2 and once it finds the device on your network, click YES as shown below to set a Static LAN IP on the device.

Step 3) Setting a Static IP of 192.168.1.200 on the Linksys NSLU2 Storage Link
The Setup will now ask you what IP address you wish to set on the NSLU2. Set the IP address as shown below – this is the best way to setup the NSLU2 when using it with a Linksys router. Click NEXT to continue once you edit the IP address to match as shown below:

Step 4) Verify the new IP address settings on the Linksys NSLU2 Storage Link
The Setup will as you to verify your settings on the NSLU2. Once you verify that the settings are correct, click SAVE

Step 5) Set the Timezone, Date and Time on your Linksys NSLU2 Storage Link
The Setup will ask you to set the Timezone, Date and Time on your NSLU2. Once you set it properly click NEXT to continue.



Step 6) Verify that you wish to save the new settings on the Linksys NSLU2 Storage Link
The Setup will ask you to finally verify all your changes. Click OK to save all the settings.

Step 7) Finish the configuration of the NSLU2
Once your NSLU2 is configured properly, you will be presented with this screen below indicating that the device is all configured and ready to be used. Click EXIT to continue




Step 8) Format the disk drives on the NSLU2 if you have not already done so
You may be asked to format the disk drive(s) on the NSLU2 if you have not already done so. If this is a brand new drive, click OK when the NSLU2 asks you to format. If this is a drive with current data on it, it may need to be formatted before the NSLU2 can use it. If you have data on the drive, backup the
data and then proceed to format by clicking OK as shown below.



Step 9) Connect to the NSLU2 using Windows File sharing
You should now be able to connect to the NSLU2 disk drive(s) by using Windows File sharing. In order to connect to the drive, you need to perform the following steps on a Windows XP computer attached to the same router on the same network as the NSLU2. (You can use other PC's but our steps show using a Windows XP based PC)

•  Click the Start button , then click RUN from the start menu. The RUN dialog will then appear

•  In the RUN dialog, type \\192.168.1.200 exactly as shown in the screenshot below and then click OK.

•  You should then see the screen as shown below, this is the NSLU2 disk volumes. Since we only have one disk drive connected to our system, we only see admin and disk1. If you have 2 drives, you will see admin, disk1 and disk2.

•  You can now double click on the disk1 icon and access the disk drive to add folders and files. On our disk, we added a Music, Pictures and Video folder where we plan to keep our data we wish to access. See the Linksys NSLU2 manual for more detail on adding files and folders.

Step 10) Connect to the NSLU2 using your web browser.
You should now be able to connect to the NSLU2 disk drive(s) by using your web browser by using any PC on the same network. In order to connect, launch your favorite web browser and then type in the LAN IP address you assigned to the NSLU2 – In this case it was 192.168.1.200
This step will make sure that the NSLU2 internal web server is running properly and answering HTTP requests. In your browser, type in http://192.168.1.200 as shown in the screenshot below and hit enter to access the NSLU2 via browser



Once you enter this you should then be connected with the NSLU2 web server and see the default NSLU2 webpage as shown below. This means your NSLU2 is properly configured on your internal LAN and you can now continue to setting up your router so you can access the NSLU2 files remotely over the Internet.


Hint: Having trouble with this step? Not Connecting?
If you cannot connect at this point, something went wrong. Check the NSLU2 is on the network, and that you have configured the NSLU2 as shown in step 1 through step 7.

Now that you have ensured the NSLU2 Web Server is up and running on the local LAN, and you can see the default NSLU2 Web page, you now want to open the ports in your Linksys router. This will enable remote HTTP (web) to be accessed over the Internet. This means you can now access your files on your NSLU2 using your own domain name.


Step 11 ) Configuring port forwarding in the Applications and Gaming Menu
Opening ports in your Linksys router is very easy. You first need to log into your Linksys router
Log into the router by going to http://192.168.1.1 and using your username and password to log into the router as shown in the screenshot below:

(The Linksys default username and pw is blank/admin as shown below)


Once you log into the router, Find and Click the APPLICATIONS and GAMING link in the top menu as shown circled in the screenshot below. Your router may look slightly different, but most Linksys routers now have all port forwarding within the Applications and gaming menu.



Once you get into the APPLICATIONS and GAMING menu in the router, you will see a list of ports, and IP's as shown in the screenshots below. Keep in mind that your router will look like one of the two screenshots. Newer routers will look like the first screenshot, and older models appear similar to the second screenshot.

Step 12 ) Adding Ports into the Applications and Gaming Menu in the Linksys Router

A) Newer Linksys Routers - If your Applications and Gaming screen looks similar to the one below, WEB is already pre-defined in the drop down list of ports. You should set yours to look like the screenshot below. Select WEB from the dropdown list of applications, then select TCP, Set the LAN IP to 192.168.1.200 and Enable should be checked on. You should also add port 81 if your ISP blocks port 80, you won't have to add another port, you just change the port on the server.

In the Applications and Gaming menu, add in the “WEB81” name within the Application field.
exactly as shown below. Then add in the Start port of 81, End port is 81, TCP or Both for protocol (either will work) and make sure the IP address is set to the Static LAN IP of the web server we set earlier. In this case, we used 192.168.1.200. Now make sure the port range is enabled. Scroll down and click SAVE SETTINGS to save these settings. You are now done with the port forwarding. Double check your settings before moving to the next step.

Newer Linksys routers - Applications and Gaming screen.

B) Older Linksys Routers - If your Applications and Gaming screen looks similar to the one below, you should set yours to look like the screenshot below. Add in the “WEB” name within the Application field exactly as shown below. Then add in the Start port of 80, End port is 80, TCP or Both for protocol (either will work) and make sure the IP address is set to the Static LAN IP of the web server we set earlier. In this case, we used 192.168.1.200. Now make sure the port range is enabled. You should also add port 81 if your ISP blocks port 80, you won't have to add another port, you just change the port on the server.

In the Applications and Gaming menu, add in the “WEB81” name within the Application field.
exactly as shown below. Then add in the Start port of 81, End port is 81, TCP or Both for protocol (either will work) and make sure the IP address is set to the Static LAN IP of the web server we set earlier. In this case, we used 192.168.1.200. Now make sure the port range is enabled. Scroll down and click SAVE SETTINGS to save these settings. You are now done with the port forwarding. Double check your settings before moving to the next step.



Older Linksys routers - Applications and Gaming screen.

Step 13 ) Signing up and Enabling the TZO.COM Dynamic DNS in your Linksys router

Make sure you already have a TZO account, or if not, you are at least signed up with a trial account **If you do not have a TZO Key and Domain Name selected, sign up for a free Linksys branded trial domain at http://Linksys.tzo.com and select “SIGN UP FOR A FREE TRIAL”. You will then see the screenshot shown below.

Enter your choice for a domain name (and enter the email address you wish to use. Click the CREATE MY FREE TRIAL DOMAIN NAME button and TZO will then immediately send your TZO Domain Name and TZO key to the email address you used.


IMPORTANT: *** CHECK YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS NOW TO GET YOUR TZO KEY ***

Once you have the TZO Key, Domain name and Email address used written down or available from your email, log into your router by going to http://192.168.1.1 and using your username and password to log into the router. (default username is blank and password is admin)

Once you are logged into the router, click the DDNS link in the lower left of the menu as shown circled in the screenshot below:

You will now see a screenshot similar to the one below. This is the DDNS section of the router. You should enable the TZO Dynamic DNS service, and then input the Domain Name, TZO Key/Password and Email Address/Username into the router DDNS setup. Click Save Settings at the bottom of the page. You now have setup the TZO DDNS properly.

This domain name is good for 60 days for your use and testing. After 60 days the TZO Dynamic DNS service will expire. You can purchase the TZO standard Dynamic DNS service for this domain name at https://www.tzo.com/cgi-bin/Orders.cgi?ref=linksys before it expires. When ordering, use the domain name and the same email address you used when signing up.
The TZO Dynamic DNS is now monitoring your IP address of your broadband connection. If your IP address changes your TZO Dynamic DNS running in your router will then update the TZO DDNS servers. You can now go to the last step and start using your TZO Domain name to view your web server over the Internet!


Step 14 ) Connecting to your NSLU2 using a browser via the Internet

You are now ready to test and make sure that the NSLU2 Web Server is running properly and answering HTTP requests over the Internet. This means you must leave the network where the Server is located to test over the WAN (Internet). If your NSLU2 is located at your home, go to work and test this step, or go to a friends house with a broadband connection and test from there. If the NSLU2 is at work, do your final tests from home, etc.

Connect a laptop or desktop to the Internet and the run a web browser on that system. You will now need to type in the DOMAIN NAME you are using when you signed up with TZO as shown in Step 13. See the screenshot shown below for an example.


As shown above, type in the TZO DOMAIN NAME that you set in the router in step 13, in this case we used Name.LinksysNet.com – hit Enter. You should then be connected with your NSLU2 in a few seconds and see your default NSLU2 web page. If you see the website or web pages as shown below, you are done! You should make sure you enable passwords for your users so your public data is not available to anyone. See the Linksys NSLU2 manual for setting user passwords and protecting your data

Having trouble with this step? Not Connecting?
If you cannot connect at this point, something went wrong. Make sure you connected properly in Step 10 (Local LAN testing with your browser). Have someone at the remote location check that the NSLU2 is powered up and that you have the NSLU2 running. You should also check that you are using the proper domain name, and check that the ports are opened properly in the router. If all else fails, There are a few things you should check immediately before testing again:

•  Is port 80 blocked by your ISP? Call them and ask.

B) Does your ISP provide you with a cablemodem or DSL modem with Built-in firewall? If so, this DSL or Cablemodem firewall should be disabled or put in Bridge mode. Having a firewall in front of your Linksys router will cause problems with ports, and your server will not work. Your ISP can help you do this.

By default the NSLU2 web server uses port 80. This is done “behind the scenes” in the browser. If your ISP blocks port 80, or if you are forced to run your NSLU2 on an alternate port, you must put a :portnumber (that's a colon and port number) after the URL as shown below. To run the NSLU2 server on an alternate port other than 80, see the NSLU2 manual or you can change the port in the by going into the NSLU2 using your browser and selecting ADMINISTRATION and then SYSTEM. See the HELPFUL HINT below which shows a screenshot of this page.

In this example, the ISP blocks port 80, so we set the NSLU2 Web Server to port 81, restart the NSLU2 and make sure we have port 81 forwarded to the server IP. If you cannot use 81, and wish to use another port, set the NSLU2 server to that port, and then forward the port selected to the IP address of the NSLU2.

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Helpful Hint: The NSLU2 also has an FTP server built in. If you wish to ADD files onto the drive from a remote location, we urge you to utilize the built in FTP server. In order to enable the FTP server, you must go to the web admin of the NSLU2. Login as Admin, and then select ADMINISTRATION and then SYSTEM. Scroll down and select ENABLE FTP SERVER as shown in the screenshot below. You can also change the web server port here as well

   
 
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