DS216j - Can I open files from the File Station rather than downloading?

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DS216j - Can I open files from the File Station rather than downloading?

Postby Steveoh421 » Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:24 pm

Hello folks,

My small business has just incorporated the DS216J for file storage and backup. Works great, really happy with it.

My query is whether it's possible to open files directly from the file manager as you would on your PC rather than the file being downloaded? I'm new to setting up systems like this and I'm hoping it's possible as this would avoid cluttering up the 'Downloads' folder on our PCs every time we wanted to access a file. We have 4 people who would be accessing and updating files througout the day, so using the DS216J as a network storage device is the aim.

Hopefully I haven't left too many blanks there. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Re: DS216j - Can I open files from the File Station rather than downloading?

Postby sieberta » Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:16 pm

1) Technically you can open some programs by installing Document Viewer, Office, PDF Viewer, Text Editor... but I really don't think that is what you want to do.

2) What you want to do is turn on CIFS/SMB sharing under Control Panel>File Services, then create a drive map or mapped folder from each Windows PC. That will sorta simulate that each computer has the files locally, even though they're really stored in the NAS and brought over the network when opening.

3) Another option is Cloud Station Server, but I really think #2 is what you want.

Any of these three will help avoid cluttering up the downloaded files folder. And avoid people having to manually reupload the files after editing.

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