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All Ethernet disks are physically capable of sharing data over the Internet. The Ethernet Disk Mini: Home Edition comes with software that makes Internet setup an easy process. However, the other Ethernet devices made by LaCie are capable of this, as well.
There are two normal ways to set up Internet access on an Ethernet Disk.
Most modern routers are capable of allowing port forwarding rules. When a port forwarding rule is set, messages from the Internet are sent directly to a device connected to the router. Normally, the router ignores these messages. This can sometimes be referred to a “hole in the firewall.”
Because of the forwarding rule, a malicious program could potentially affect the computers on the network, or the Ethernet disk itself. Consider this before setting up port forwarding.
To do this, connect to the router's web administration page. Every administration page is different, so it is worthwhile to visit portforward.com for specific instructions where to find the port forwarding settings.
Port 21 is reserved for FTP communication. FTP is the best way to communicate with an Ethernet Disk using port forwarding. Set port 21 to go to the IP address of the Ethernet disk. This forwarding rule essentially instructs the router to examine FTP traffic, and route it directly to the Ethernet Disk.
VPN is an acronym for “Virtual Private Network.” With a VPN connection to the same network as the Ethernet disk, the computer is effectively local to the drive, and can access it as it would if it were in the same location, physically.
There are many ways to set up VPN access. One way is with an off-the-shelf VPN product. These devices are used instead of a router, and provide an easy way to gain VPN access.
Another method to use VPN is with an online service, or through software running on a server on the home network.
Go to http://www.hotspotvpn.com/ for an example of an online service.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the complications involved with either method, LaCie Technical support is unable to provide direct assistance with any issues. All external links are provided as a courtesy, and are not supported by LaCie.