Do you have to download files from a FreeNAS device to access them?

Edward Hammond January 14, 2013

If I have my FreeNAS box setup in England and I’m on a plane flying over to Australia when I go and log into my FreeNAS box do I need to download the file to my laptop to open it or can i open it without downloading it?

And secondly can you add external RAIDs to a FreeNAS box?

  1. Mihovil Pletikos
    January 15, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    if you open it you will download it one way or the other....

  2. ha14
    January 14, 2013 at 2:55 pm

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  3. Shankar C
    January 14, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    You can view without downloading the files

  4. Daniel Huss
    January 14, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    You're a little sparse on the details, but here's my thoughts.

    1) It primarly depends on a couple of things. Biggest is the network setup and firewall settings of your router/FreeNAS box. But yes, it's possible to access them remotely. Second to that will be you're upload speed at the FreeNAS box which will probably be the limit of how fast you can get files. If you're editing Word documents that's probably not a big deal, but if you want to watch HD video stored there it might be.

    2) When you say "external RAID" I'll assume you mean something like an external enclosure that's a direct attachment with something like USB or Firewire. In most cases you can add them just fine. You'll want to check the FreeBSD compatibility with whatever you want to add, but if it's compatible then it will just show up like any other USB device in the system and can be added as such.

    What version of FreeNAS are you running? If it's the legacy FreeNAS 7 then you might want to look at upgrading to either FreeNAS 8 or NAS4Free depending on your needs.

    • Edward Hammond
      January 14, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      Ok so how do you actually do this

  5. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    January 14, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I think you can stream the contents without having to download the files first.

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