By b.a.a.b ·
Hi. I am starting up an office with five friends in a larger office community.
We want to share a hard-drive and a printer (not a network printer).
In the community there is a wireless broadband connection that we use individually to connect to the internet.

As I know absolutely nothing about computer networks, I have probably missed telling about a few necessary details. Please ask, and please help:-)


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Depends on the money. A place to start is dropbox for file..

by cmatthews In reply to network

..sharing. (at least until you work out net details on VPN equipment):

Each location may think about getting a free account with so connections can be made economically rather than using static IP's (although you did say all are using the same ISP.. so you may want to check with them on a block of 6 static IP's..)

SMC and DLink both provide DDNS to so you can purchase 6 of the same VPN model for simplicity. Then you'll each set 5 static connections authenticating to each others No-ip host names with a pre-shared key and AES encryption.

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Drop-box is OK, but in testing, Sugar Sync is better

by cmatthews In reply to Depends on the money. A p ...

For shared network drive, see a report here:

All in all, that's a nice resource site too :-)

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D-Link DIR-130 or DIR-330 routers are $100 VPN end-points..

by cmatthews In reply to network

..that look like they fit your application.

If I was in your place, I might set them up like this:

Configure all 6 up at your office, enable a remote management port (use a good password), enable DHCP with each set to a slightly different subnet, and use 2 NO-IP free accounts (each with 3 hosts) to DNS-authenticate the end-points, and save the config files to your HDisk.

Afterward, take 5 units to your closest biz partner and individually test connections using his ISP user/password and get him to renew his IP each time to ping test all subnets. When the tests are complete, take the remaining 4 to the rest of the biz partners and charge them each $250 for the hardware and setup.

If you get the wireless models, charge them a fee each time you have to do any remote management - keep good documentation and renew your backup files each time you make changes (that way, if someone hits a reset button, you'll just require a short phone call to set up the ISP password and enable remote management so you can load the config again).

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