Non-tech users easy WAN access to their content: what are the options?

  • Have OMV backing up my own files and remote access to it. Next step is
    easy sync'ing and read access to their content for non-tech relatives
    and colleagues, from WAN (vs LAN only). Please what would be the
    options for that? Note am a brand NAS newbie though a relatively
    experimented Linux user.

    Public and OS: Non-tech users on Linux, Windows and Android.

    1. Easy content sync'ing (backup)
    Syncthing seems a good way to go. I.e. set up a sync folder on their
    machines; set up a folder per user with quota and ACL + trash or version
    control "à-la-Dropbox" on the OMV/Syncthing server; letting them know
    the size limitation, done. It's doing fine on my OMV and Linux/android
    clients machines.

    2. Timely and easy access to their content
    that would be
    - easy to use for non-tech users
    - read only (for backup-like sync'ed content)
    - ACL: user ß only sees his/her files (with optional group access for e.g. team members)
    - from Linux, Android or Windows
    - quick to set up on the client side

    I thought about these options:

    - SFTP? would be my preferred way but seems a bit overkill in term of per-user config
    - FTP: neat and rather easy on both client and server's sides, but can it be secured enough (I have no recent experience at all)
    - WebDAV?
    - Samba/CIFS? looks best for LAN and read/write access from Windows
    - Another way?

    EDIT: moved from the Guides forum.

  • Setup VPN and allow your relatives/friends access them to your shared data.
    The is a Remote Share plug-in in OMV that you can use in this case.

    or install OwnCloud, and set them up.

    OMV v5.0
    Asus Z97-A/3.1; i3-4370
    32GB RAM Corsair Vengeance Pro

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