How to access a share through Smart Access


Once you have successfully set up Smart Access through your Control Panel, both endpoints have been connected to your NordLayer private gateway, and you have obtained your internal IP address - you can now access network shares created from Windows, macOS or Linux machines.

 

Accessing a Share on Windows

Visit the Network pane in Windows Explorer or File Explorer to view other computers sharing files with you. You will see properly configured Windows, Mac, and Linux computers appear in this list. Double-click a computer to view its shared files.

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You can also connect directly to a computer if you know its internal IP address. Just type //10.6.x.x (the internal IP address of a machine that has configured shares) into Windows Explorer or File Explorer’s location bar and press Enter.

Alternatively, right-click somewhere on your Desktop and select New > Shortcut.

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Type in the network location of the shared folder with this syntax:

\\10.6.x.x\SHARE-NAME

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Accessing a Share on macOS

Open the Finder, click Go on the menu at the top of the screen, and select Connect to Server. Enter the following address, replacing 10.6.x.x with the other computer’s internal IP address:

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You will be prompted to authenticate with the appropriate credentials or log in as a guest. After connecting, the computer will appear under the Shared column in the Finder sidebar.

To automatically connect to the shared folder each time you log in, open the System Preferences window and navigate to Users and Groups > Login Items. Drag and drop the network share from under the Shared column in Finder to the list of Login Items.

 

Accessing a Share on Linux

To connect directly to another machine, navigate to Other Locations and locate the Connect to Server field. Enter the path to a computer with a configured network share: smb://10.6.x.x, replacing 10.6.x.x with the other computer’s internal IP address.

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However you connect, you may need to authenticate with a user account name and password that has access to the files on the remote machine. This depends on whether you have enabled guest access and how you have set up your folder sharing permissions.

Note: In case you have any questions or are experiencing any issues, please feel free to contact our 24/7 customer support team.


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