Thanks for the reply. It is very informative. I plan to try out this
Openlink thing. Many thanks.
--- In LinkStation_General@yahoogroups.com
, "James Stewart"
> --- In LinkStation_General@yahoogroups.com, "cheungderekca"
> <derek.cheung@> wrote:
> > I understand I can use FTP or SSH but I would like to have a
> > simple method so that my relative oveseas (non-technical) can
> > a simple method to access to my Linkstation where I store all the
> > photos and kid video.
> Well then maybe FTP actually could work in this case, assuming the
> following is true:
> The pictures, videos, and other files you are sharing don't
> any critical information that you would never want released on the
> public Internet.
> MS Internet Explorer will browse FTP sites by simply entering the
> proper URL. For example ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian will give you
> file listing of Debian Linux's FTP site from inside IE (Internet
> There is a catch however. Modern versions of IE expect to be able
> to use "PASV" type authentication to connect to FTP sites.
> you can't just put an FTP site behind a NAT router (which you are
> doing with all the port-forwarding business) and have it work. To
> deal with this the ProFTP program that I think is on your LS (at
> least it was on mine) has a place where you can
> enter "masquerade=xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx" in the /etc/proftp/proftp.conf
> file and you have to enter (and keep current) you actual external
> address. This might not work for you. You will also need to
> upgrade to at least "Openlink" to gain access to this file.
> The other thing you can do is turn off the "PASV" mode in IE. I
> it once some time ago on an XP computer. It was a registry hack
> somewhere. If you find it, you can save the branch then send
> the "branch.reg" file to your relatives to simply double-click to
> install. Then IE will work in the older mode.
> Another thing you can do is have them use a diffent ftp client.
> not sure how Firefox handles this situation, but there are some
> FTP-only programs out there like "cuteFTP" and "WinSCP" that are
> nice drag-n-drop easy to use programs that non technical users can
> learn to use.
> Finally if FTP really won't work for you. You could customize the
> web server in the LS (you would probably at least need to install
> Openlink to do this) so that everything you want them to see is on
> Website that you create on the computer for them to see. I use a
> Linux program on my LS called imageindex that automatically builds
> nice picture gallery websites around a folder full of pictures for
> me. It is how I do what you are trying to do for my family with
> Freelink-like converted LS. Here is an example:
> For that matter, you can check out how FTP works with IE (with the
> proper "Masquerade" entry) at ftp://wartstew.homelinux.net The
> server is slow to come up because I have it starting-on-demand
> using "inetd" so that it doesn't use resources sitting idle. I
> don't use it much.