This chapter will describe your LaCie product's advanced accessibility features such as remote access, creating shortcuts to your USB devices on the network, and multimedia streaming.
You can access files stored on the USB devices connected to your LaPlug when you are away from home. You can download or upload files from any computer connected to the Internet, or manage your LaPlug.
LaCie has created a screencast that demonstrates this process. Either click here to follow the link, or alternatively, from the Dashboard > Network page, click the “i” next to the Remote Access heading to access the screencast.
For further information on network settings, see Dashboard - Network LAN.
Once connected, it is easy to access your files using the web browser-based File Browser. You can upload, download, and stream many types of multimedia files such as mp3. For more information on the File Browser, see Dashboard - File Browser.
Once you successfully set up your LaPlug and connect a USB device(s), you can create shortcuts so you can quickly access stored files. You can do this by using your operating system or LaCie Network Assistant.
LaCie Network Assistant (LNA) can be configured to automatically mount USB devices on your computer, which allows you quick access to the files they store. To create this shortcut to USB devices using LNA, follow the steps below:
If you would like a shortcut to accessing USB devices, follow this procedure.
The FTP protocol is used to transfer files from one computer to another through a local network or over the internet. This protocol allows you to exchange files with your friends or relatives securely, as only people with a user account will have access.
The FTP service is disabled by default, so you must enable it in on the Dashboard - Network LAN page.
ftp://<username:password>@<ip or machine name>/
To login, enter your Dashboard username and password. (By default, admin/admin.)
To remotely access the drive from a computer NOT on your network, refer to Remote Access.
Once you have established the network connection between your computer and the LaPlug, you can configure your LaPlug to share files to UPnP/DLNA devices. Follow these steps:
The LaPlug can act as an iTunes Music server, streaming audio files to a computer on the network running iTunes. Once configured, a playlist bearing the machine name of your LaPlug (by default LaPlug) will appear in the Shared category within iTunes, and audio files stored on the LaPlug will be listed in this playlist. Follow these steps:
Once configured, Windows Media Player (WMP) can play files located on the LaPlug through the network connection. Follow these steps:
Your LaPlug is compatible with Time Machine, Windows Backup and Restore, and Genie Time Line. A USB hard drive connected to the LaPlug can be set as a backup target for these software. Note that you will achieve much better results with backup software if you connect the LaPlug to your network via Ethernet instead of Wi-Fi.