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Setting a Static LAN IP Address on your Cisco NSS Smart Storage Device
It's important that if you plan on accessing your Cisco NSS Smart Storage device remotely, you should set a static LAN IP address on the Cisco NSS before using remote access. In this example, we have our Cisco NSS behind a Linksys WRT54G2 router. The default IP address range on the Linksys Router is 192.168.1.1
Note: If you do not have a Linksys router, or your router LAN IP range is different from 192.168.1.1, set the Cisco NSS Smart Storage device to a Static IP address according to your network layout. We also assume that you have used the CD Setup to configure the Cisco NSS and have it up and running using DHCP.
1Using the Cisco NSS Discovery tool to find your Smart Storage Device
You should now launch the Cisco NSS Discovery tool that is installed when you run the setup CD. Once the discovery tool opens, you'll see your Cisco NSS322, 324 or 326 in the list of discovered devices as shown in the screenshot below. Highlight the device you wish to configure and then click the Configure button.
2Entering your Password to configure the Cisco NSS
You will now be prompted for the administrator username and password as shown in the screenshot below.
3The Cisco Discovery tool main screen
You will now see the main screen of the Cisco NSS Discovery tool as shown in the screenshot below. You can change the server name here if desired, and then click on the network settings tab to configure the static LAN IP address.
4Changing the Network settings using the Cisco NSS Discovery tool
You will now see the Network Settings of your Cisco NSS Smart Storage Device.
Since our Cisco NSS is only using a single LAN port, we setup the Network Interfaces in Standalone mode before we set the Static LAN IP address. Set your Cisco NSS accordingly or you can leave it at the default if it's working for you.
To set a Static IP, you first need to uncheck the "Obtain TCP/IP settings automatically via DHCP" and then enter in the following information as shown in the screenshot below.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This static LAN IP address of 192.168.1.200 is typically a "safe" LAN IP address to set for your Cisco NSS Smart Storage Device to, provided local router is set up to use 192.168.1.1 - In most cases, if you have a Linksys router, this will be the case. If you do not have a Linksys router and/or your IP address of your router is not 192.168.1.1, then you should consult with someone that can help you set a static LAN IP according to your network layout.
DNS should be set to 192.168.1.1 (as shown below)
IP ADDRESS: 192.168.1.200 (as shown below)
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0 (as shown below)
Gateway: 192.168.1.1 (as shown below)
5Finalizing the Static LAN IP settings
Click the Apply button and you will then be prompted to restart your Cisco NSS Smart Storage Device. Once the device restarts, you can then log back in to your Cisco NSS using the IP address of 192.168.1.200
Now that you have properly set up a Static LAN IP on your Cisco NSS, you can go back into the device and set up DDNS, Wordpress and other Web Applications and Remote Access
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