Network Attached Storage (NAS) is a technology that is still used primarily in corporate and office networks, though it is starting to be used more and more in home networking. Some available consumer NAS devices come pre-installed with hard drives and are ready to be plugged into a home network. While these devices are designed to work with as little configuration and set-up time as possible, to get the most out of them, configure them for your specific network.
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Plug the Ethernet connection of the NAS device to the router or switch on your network. Use an Ethernet cable and connect one end to the Ethernet port of the NAS device and the other end to an available Ethernet port of the router or switch.
Power on the NAS device by connecting the power cable and pressing the power button.
Connect to the NAS Web interface by entering its IP address in a Web browser from a computer on the local network. If the IP address is unknown, you can locate it by checking the DHCP lease status page in your router's Web interface.
Set an IP address on the NAS. Instead of having to search for a different IP address each time, setting a static IP address on your local subnet is preferred. For example, if the local subnet is 192.168.1.x, set the NAS to 192.168.1.10. This setting is located in the Web interface of the NAS device which is accessible from a Web browser.
Set the Windows workgroup name. Windows XP Home uses the "MSHOME" workgroup. All other versions use the "WORKGROUP" workgroup. This setting is located in the Web interface of the NAS device which is accessible from a Web browser.
Set up the shared folders. A NAS device can have multiple shared folders containing different items. This setting is located in the Web interface of the NAS device which is accessible from a Web browser.
Set up the user access. NAS devices can be configured to allow different levels of access to different users and different folders. For example, a folder can be configured to allow full open access. A different folder can be configured to allow only a certain user to access it.