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Matthew MisterMay 20, 2020 11:44:13 AM1 min read

Connecting to your NAS remotely vs locally

Connecting your team to a NAS storage device allows your team to collaborate and access your media files from a centralized location. NAS storage is typically connected to your local office network, giving your team high-performance access to the files they need. But what happens when you need to access that NAS storage remotely?

At your office your IT team or whoever manages that area has most likely set up a high-performance network for your local office Connecting to your NAS will be a pretty simple process and it'll be very fast.

When you need to connect remotely you're talking about adding a lot more complexity because now you're accessing that NAS through the internet which means that there's going to be more security concerns. There's going to be a lot more latency.

You may have great internet at your house. You may have great internet at your office. But if your connection between those two sites has a really bad connection, you can experience some pretty poor performance.

There's a couple ways to go about doing a connection remotely. Your first option is going to be a VPN. This is basically where you connect your workstation to your network at your office through a private tunnel that adds a lot more security but it also has a lot more latency and  your performance goes down significantly. So you won't see your actual network performance for your internet over that VPN.

There's also a couple ways, a couple services like TeamViewer, AnyDesk Terradici for  video over IP, which allow you to remote into workstations or other computers at your office. Each one of those comes with their own flavor of how you're going to interact with your NLE, with your NAS storage and how you're going to mount things. The performance you're going to see is going to depend on your connection, which service you're using, and what your office is connection is like as well.