I'm trying to setup the USB storage sharing settings in my new router TP link W8968.
Now, I DONT have a static IP and what i want is:
1 - to access my USB HDD (which is connected to the USB port on the router) through an outside network. - like my office or my friend's place. I've setup the users and authentication (read-write and read-only) as well. Do I need a static ip to be able to access it?
Question Do i need to setup anything else? I just want to see if it works like that and if static ip is what i would need to have always connected access to my USB HDD -- i can request a static ip from my ISP. Not that I'll keep my HDD 24x7 connected (i dont want to toast it) but it would be good if I can use this feature occasionally.
NOTE: I was able to access my HDD within the network from different device with on all levels of authentication.
Here's the USB device status that shows it connected -
2 - I guess this is also related to static IP. I want to be able to remotely manage and turn off and on my services in router from a remote location. How should i configure that. Here is the snapshot of what the interface looks like:
If I set my current WAN ip in the "Available Host (IP/MAC)" for remote management on port 80 and then try to access it through an outside network i get 403 forbidden error. What am i doing wrong?
Best Answer +BudMan , 15 August 2013 - 13:21
"If I set my current WAN ip in the "Available Host (IP/MAC)""
What? Ya lost me at that statement?? What were you doing? All you need to do is enable remote management with the checkbox and what port you want it on. Many ISPs might be blocking 80. Try a different port.
BTW remote management to your router is not a very secure thing.. I use something a bit more secure, say teamviewer into a machine on your local network and then manage your router from that remote session. Or vpn into your network and then again hit the router from the lan side IP.
Also to your static question - no you don't need a static IP.. You just need to know what your IP is.. I have to assume that router supports dynamic dns features -- like http://www.noip.com/ there are plenty other free ways to have your router or a client running on a machine inside update a name like koshur.no-ip.info to point to your public IP. Then just use that to access your IP, whatever it might be. Go to the full post