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1591 Views 12 Replies Latest reply: Jul 25, 2013 1:37 PM by Paul J RSS
Paul J Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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Jul 22, 2013 12:34 PM

Gulp! I hope I didn't bite off more than I can chew. Here goes:


I have:

  • Mac Mini with OS Lion Server.
  • A new Synology NAS.
  • Home with a lot of LAN cabling.



  • Centralize iTunes music, iTunes/non-iTunes movies, iPhoto files, syncing of mobile devices.
  • Stream music and movies to mobile and LAN connected devices


Question 1: Does it matter where I connect the NAS? What's my best option:

  • Available LAN ports on the ISP-supplied Wifi router
  • Available LAN ports on the AE router (AE is connected via LAN line to ISP router; Mac Mini is connected via LAN to AE)
  • Thuderbolt or USB3 ports on the Mac Mini, although I belive LAN will be fastest (?)


Question 2: Is there a comprehensive guide for Server setup written for me? I know enough to want the above set up but have never set up a server of any sorts.


Question 3: Should I be putting a firewall device in my network? If so where? Before/after the ISP router? Before/after AE (in which case, what about other devices LAN connected directly to the ASP router)?

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)
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    Jul 22, 2013 12:41 PM (in response to Paul J)

    Connect the NAS to one of the LAN ports on your router.


    You don't need a separate firewall if you have configured WPA security and password on your main router.


    I don't know how you are using your Airport Express, but in your setup it should only be used to Join an existing network (this is the same as Bridge Mode.)

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)
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    Jul 22, 2013 1:09 PM (in response to Paul J)

    You are using the AEBS to Join your existing network (bridge mode) if it is connected by Ethernet to a LAN port on your cable router. It cannot be used to create its own separate network generating its own IP addresses. It it is then it will conflict with the cable router over which of them is the main router. Only one router can be active on a home network.


    If you connect the AEBS by Ethernet to the cable router, then the AEBS is being used to provide a wireless network that is used in place of the wireless network from the cable router (that wireless radio should be turned off.)


    The setup is pretty much the same as the one you would use if you were extending an AEBS (used as the main router) with an Airport Express.


    But regardless of this, the optimal setup for your NAS is to connect it via Ethernet to one of the LAN ports on the router that is providing your wireless (I'm assuming you want to have wireless access to the NAS.)

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)
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    Jul 24, 2013 10:36 PM (in response to Paul J)

    Personally, I would have my server and NAS connected by Ethernet, so the connection would be directly to my main router. By "main router" I mean the one responsible for handing out IP addresses in the local network.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)
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    Jul 24, 2013 11:08 PM (in response to Paul J)

    I would go with the main router.


    As you walk through the house your device will remain connected to the to wireless router it connected to originally.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)
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    Jul 25, 2013 12:56 PM (in response to Paul J)

    That I don't know. All I do know is that once a device connects to a Wi-Fi signal it does not disconnect from it in order to connect to a much stronger one. You may be able to switch based on the SSID once you have disconnected from the weak signal's SSID.


    You might do some searching on this because it's a question I have seen posed elsewhere. Or you look for a topic in which you see Bob Timmons' name and ask him about it.


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