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Configure Remote Access (Mybook Live)

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This page is explaining how to configure your home router to allow external access to your Mybook :

Before you start, you must be aware that since version 8.6 of the Webserver feature pack, an important change has been introduced : the AccessBook application is now able to use a dedicated ipaddress to serve content, without impacting WD2go or WDPhoto traffic.

==> it is recommended to configure this optionin the Advanced menu of the Web server feature pack menu.


1) Reserve a free  ip address within your home network which will be dedicated for the Web server.
I will call this ipaddress in the documentation "WebServer Dedicated Ip Address" and will use 192.168.0.Y as a sample for this ip address. By default, the mybook will propose an arbitrary ipaddress.
This ipaddress is a different one than the "Main Ip Address".

In order to reserve this address, you will need to enter the DHCP configuration of your router, and declare a static dhcp entry, with the following mac address :
01ccccccccccccc.
this will ensure that this ipaddress will never be used by any computer.

 

2) In the Web Server feature pack , in teh Advance menu, enter this ip address as Dedicated ip address" .
3) Configure WD2GO , within the Western digital interface to use specified external ports : 9080 and 9443, (instead of 80 and 443) ;

in the western digital interface, click "Parameters", then click the "Remote Access " tab,

In connections options, select "Manual"

type port 9080 as external port instead of 80

type port 9443 as external port instead of 443.

 


4) configure forwarding rules on your home internet Box / router.
in all cases :
Forward port 9080 to the "Main Ip address" of the Mybook ( 192.168.0.X ), with a different target port : 80
Forward port 9443 to the "Main Ip address" of the Mybook ( 192.168.0.X ), with a different target port : 443

you also need to do the following :
case a : you are using OpenVPN :
  Forward port 443 to the "Main Ip Address" of the Mybook , with a different target port : 1394
  Forward port 8080 to the "WebServer Dedicated Ip Address" with same target port ( 8080 )

( please check the Openvpn Ext.access Schema to fully understand the configuration)

 

case b : you are not using OpenVpn :
  Forward port 443 to the "WebServer Dedicated Ip Address" with same target port ( 443 )
  Forward port 8080 to the "WebServer Dedicated Ip Address" with same target port ( 8080 )
 

( please check the  Ext.access Schema to fully understand the configuration)

 

5) once you have done the configuration, you can access the web server :

From your home Network :

accessBook :  https://WebServeripaddress
Western digital GUI :  http://MainIpaddress


From external :

accessbook : https://extipaddress

 

 

 

 

 

Below information is provided for users who are using an older version of the Web Server, or people who do not want to use a dedicated ip address for the Web Server :

 

How to configure Remote Access to your AccessBook (in order to be able to browse your data from anywhere in the world ) :

In order to allow remote connection to your AccessBook Application, it is needed to forward 2 ports (TCP 443 and TCP 8080) from your Home Router to your Mybook Live:

What does it mean ? All 443 and 8080 traffic coming to your Router / InternetBox will be forwarded to the internal ip address of your Mybook Live:

Before you start, you should note the internal and external ip address of your Mybook Live:

Internal IpAddress :  192.168.X.X

External Ip Address : 174.X.X.X 

( click the following link from your home windows computer to automatically detect your External ip address : http://highlevelbits.free.fr/download-MBWEW/FPInstaller/Ipguess.php )

 

Then , connect to your Router / Box Administration interface, and search "Port Forwarding Option"

configure this option to Forward port TCP 443 to the internal IP Address, port TCP 443.

Do the same with port 8080

 

If you have a router , you can check the following sites which gives detailed instruction for a large range of routers :

http://www.portforward.com/english/routers/port_forwarding/routerindex.htm

Select your Router from the list,

Click the "Skip Advertisement" link

Select "HTTPS" from the list of applications displayed

Follow the displayed instructions on your Home Router.

 

Other Notes :  

If you want to understand deeper what opening ports means, you can read this guide : http://www.portforward.com/help/portforwarding.htm

More generally, if i use technical terms you do not understand, there are several guides here which intends to explains how it works.

 

As soon as you have done this configuration, you can test by typing :

 

https://ExternaIPAddress

should display the AccessBook Interface

 

http://ExternaIPAddress:8080

Should display "Hello World".

 
Additional infos :
You can check the following schemas also, to better understand how the remote access works :
Schema of Standard Configuration description : a visual schema of open ports on your Mybook Live


Last Updated on Sunday, 26 May 2013 14:48