Need help turning my NAS into a download server

yRaz

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So my latest project is turning my NAS into a download server for a few friends and family. If I have a file they want there are options like justbeamit.com but that it's annoying for creating individual files. I know there are webservices that will "give" you a static IP, but basically you connect to their servers and anytime your ISP resets your IP it redirects anyone to the new address. I've done a lot of googling but I'm pretty lost on where to start. I'm good at doing this stuff within my home network but I really have no idea where to start outside of that.
 

Olha Chycher

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So my latest project is turning my NAS into a download server for a few friends and family. If I have a file they want there are options like justbeamit.com but that it's annoying for creating individual files. I know there are webservices that will "give" you a static IP, but basically you connect to their servers and anytime your ISP resets your IP it redirects anyone to the new address. I've done a lot of googling but I'm pretty lost on where to start. I'm good at doing this stuff within my home network but I really have no idea where to start outside of that.
Hi,

There are a few ways to set up a download server for your friends and family, each with its own pros and cons. One option is to use a Dynamic DNS service, which will allow you to connect to your home network using a static hostname (e.g., myserver.dyndns.org) instead of your constantly changing IP address. Some popular Dynamic DNS providers include no-ip.com and dyndns.org.

Another option is to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) service, which will allow you to access your home network from anywhere in the world as if you were on the same local network. A VPN service will also encrypt your internet connection, providing an additional layer of security. Some popular VPN providers include NordVPN and ExpressVPN.

Finally, you can also use a cloud service provider like Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure to host your files and make them available for download. These services will give you a static IP and handle the complexities of hosting and serving files on the internet.

Each option has its own pros and cons, and the best choice for you will depend on your specific needs and technical expertise. It's important to consider things like the amount of data you will be serving, the number of concurrent users, and your budget.