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29 Apr

Source: My $300 “Revit Server” | TheRevitKid.com! – Tutorials, Tips, Products, and Information on all things Revit / BIM

Step 1:  Plugin and setup your new VPN capable router.  This is pretty simple.  Just follow the instructions that come with your router and make sure you can connect to it and the internet with your computer.
Step 2:  Plugin and Setup your NAS hard drive. Again, this will be very straight forward.  Most NAS hard drives have an Ethernet port you can plug right into your new router.  Follow the manufacturers instructions and this process will take a few minutes.
Step 3: Map your new NAS hard drive to your computer(s).  Revit requires a mapped network drive to properly use workshared files.  I won’t get into how to map a network drive… Here is a simple how-to…  Depending on the NAS drive you purchase there may be different ways to find the drive.  With the WD MyCloud (above) I had to use the IP address of the drive and map to that.
Step 4: Setup your VPN network.  If you purchased the router shown above this process is fairly straight forward. The user interface of this particular router is impressive and simple.  Follow the instructions within the ASUS dashboard or check out this video for help:
The one thing this video is missing is the fact that you may have to set your ISP’s modem to “Bridge”.  The process to do this will be different depending on your ISP or Modem so do some research.  For me, I had to connect my computer to the modem (not the router) and login to the modem’s dashboard.  There, I was able to set it to “Bridge”.

Step 5:  Finally, you can install the VPN client (if you’d like) and config file created from your ASUS dashboard.  I used the “OpenVPN” client.  The ASUS dashboard can also automatically create a config file for you that you can place on any computer you want to connect with.

Step 6: Run the client, connect to the VPN, and start using your companies workshared Revit files from remote locations.

Some limitations of this setup:  ASUS VPN client only allows a set number of users (10).  You are relying on the speed of your local internet when synchronizing with central so it will take longer when you are using VPN (patience is the solution here).  Some residential ISP’s don’t allow VPN usage… So definitely check!
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How to Back Up & Share iPad Photos & Videos Without A Computer | iPad Academy

26 Dec

How to Back Up & Share iPad Photos & Videos Without A Computer | iPad Academy.

iCloud
Perhaps the best way to back up and share photos and videos from your iPad without a computer is to use iCloud. Videos and photos you take with your iPad or iPhone can be automatically backed up using the Photo Sharing feature of Apple’s iCloud service. You get 5GB of iCloud storage for free. The best part is that these photos and videos don’t use any of that 5GB.

iCloud Photo Sharing FAQs
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5902

Shared Photo Streams FAQs
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5903

Once these items are on iCloud, you can share them with others or show them on an HDTV using Apple TV.

https://www.apple.com/icloud/icloud-photo-sharing.html

Note that My Photo Stream and Shared Photo Stream (Photo Sharing) are not the same. My Photo Stream stores up to 1000 photos for only 30 days. Shared Photo Streams are a more permanent storage solution. This article explains the difference.

Online Backup
You can also use other online storage (cloud) services to store your photos.
Dropbox is a popular service and offers 2GB of free storage when you sign up. You can turn on the automatic photo upload feature in the Dropbox mobile app to get up to 3GB of extra space.
Flickr easily bests Dropbox and most other online storage services with 1 terabyte of free storage. That’s over 500,000 typical digital photos. Learn more about Flickr photo storage.

Wireless Hard Drives
A number of companies make external wireless hard drives that allow you to move photos and videos to and from your iPad.
The Seagate Wireless Plus External Hard Drive gets good reviews:
http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/reviews/entry/seagate-wireless-plus-external-hard-drive/