Where to connect NAS devices in business networks for storage access?

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In my small business network I have an ISP modem, then a Sonicwall NSA 240 firewall, and then a Linksys WAP 2000 access point (AP). Can I install a network access storage (NAS) device, like a D-Link DNS-343, to the network for all employees to share, store and back up files? And if so, where in the network would I connect the NAS?[o:p][/o:p]

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The NAS device will be IP addressable just like any other device. It is recommended that you install it on the local area network (LAN) side so that it is behind the firewall. If people from outside the firewall need access, you can set up specific rules to allow that access. Once it is attached, simply map a drive to the device from the network ports. You can connect it to the same switch that your wireless access point (WAP) is connected to.

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  • Darkstar911
    The ideal location would be where most of your hosts are connected to the network. That way the computers don't have to traverse thru router. If you need to provide remote access, I would suggust ipsec/vpn access on the sonicwall and create rules to allow access to the NAS.
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