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How to Connect to a NETGEAR NAS

Step 1: Download the FileFlex Connector.

  1. Download the FileFlex Connector for Netgear to your PC. From your PC, go to https://www.fileflex.com/downloads scroll down to NAS connectors, click the NETGEAR link then and download the connector appropriate to processor of your device - select x86 if your NAS has an Intel processor or ARM if it has an ARM processor.
  2. Download the NETGEAR connector

  3. If you are not sure of the processor of your device, sign in to the NETGEAR ReadyNAS software (see Step 2), click System and then look beside Name.
  4. How to find your device processor type

Step 2: Install the FileFlex Connector on the NETGEAR NAS.

(Note: You must be already set up as a user on the NETGEAR NAS with credentials in place. Users are created by the administrator with the NETGEAR ReadyNAS software under Admin Page > Accounts - see the Installation Guide for your NAS model available at the NETGEAR Download Center).

  1. Sign in to NETGEAR ReadyNAS software (for more information about setting up a NETGEAR NAS, see the Installation Guide for your model available at the NETGEAR Download Center).
    • Make sure your computer is connected to the same network as the NETGEAR NAS and can access the Internet.
    • Open a web browser on your computer and download the NETGEAR Raidar utility that will find the NAS on your network here.
    • The Raidar utiliy will find your NETGEAR NAS within the local network. Click Connect to go to the login screen.
    • Enter your user name and password, and click Sign in.
  2. When the NETGEAR ReadyNAS software opens, select Apps tab and click the Upload icon.
  3. Select the Apps tab and click Upload

  4. When the Install Application dialog box appears, click the Browse button and navigate to the FileFlex Connector file that you downloaded in Step 1. (probably in your Downloads folder).
  5. Select the FileFlex Connector and the click Open.
  6. Select the FileFlex Connector file that you downloaded in Step 1 and click Open

  7. In the Install Application dialog box, click Upload.
  8. Click Upload

  9. Make sure that it is toggled ON.
  10. Toggle to ON

Congratulations, you have successfully installed the FileFlex Connector on your NETGEAR NAS.


Step 3: Link your FileFlex account to the NETGEAR NAS.

Option 1: From a PC that is connected to the NAS over the same network.

  1. Next you must link your FileFlex account to your NETGEAR NAS. From your PC or mobile device with FileFlex already installed and connected to the NAS over the same network whether via LAN or WiFi, open FileFlex.
  2. Select the menu icon in the Global Application bar. In the dropdown, select Add Content Source.
  3. Select Add Content Source

  4. Select the NETGEAR icon and run the setup wizard.
    Note: You must be on the same network of the NETGEAR NAS being added, via either LAN or WiFi. After you have added the NAS as a content source, it can be accessed over the internet.
  5. The activation page will now appear that will link your NETGEAR NAS to your FileFlex account. You will need to enter the following credentials.
    (Note: The user must be already set up as a user on the NETGEAR NAS with credentials in place. Users are created by the administrator with the NETGEAR ReadyNAS software under Admin Page > Accounts - see the Installation Guide for your NAS model available at the NETGEAR Download Center.)

    Username - This is the username of the credentials you use to access the NETGEAR NAS on the network.

    Password - This is the password of the credentials you use to access the NETGEAR NAS on the network.

    Domain (Optional if not part of a domain) - If your NAS is on a company or corporate domain, you will need to enter the domain that your server belongs to. Leave this blank if you are not sure or contact your IT department for your domain name.

    Activation Code - This code is entered automatically for you. For security reasons the code is time limited and will time-out if not used shortly. If the code does time-out, you will need to start again at Step 1.

    After you have entered your user credentials, click Activate.

Congratulations - You have connected FileFlex to your NETGEAR NAS. You can now remotely access any of the storage that is attached to that NAS. To do so, using FileFlex, open NETGEAR repository that you just created, navigate to the files and folders that you wish to access, then save it to your Favorites directory for easy future access.

You should continue connecting FileFlex to all your repositories by selecting Add More. If finished, click Done.


Option 2: From a remote device that is not connected to the NAS over the same network.

There may be situations where remote workers need to connect to the NETGEAR NAS - for example a sales person who works from their home or workers located in a satellite office. You can connect remote workers to their NETGEAR NAS accounts via FileFlex, but the set up process requires access to the NAS. This can be via remote desktop and/or VPN to the NAS or through another person on the same network as the NAS.

(Note: The user must be already set up as a user on the NETGEAR NAS with credentials in place. Users are created by the administrator with the NETGEAR ReadyNAS software under Admin Page > Accounts - see the Installation Guide for your NAS model available at the NETGEAR Download Center).

  1. The remote user must open FileFlex via the web client. To open the FileFlex web client, go to https://share.fileflex.com from any browser, enter your FileFlex email and password and click Login.
  2. Go to https://share.fileflex.com and enter your FileFlex credentials

  3. Select the menu icon in the Global Application bar. In the dropdown, select Add Content Source.
  4. Select Add Content Source

  5. Select the NETGEAR icon and run the setup wizard.
  6. A dialog box will now appear with an Activation Code. This code must be entered into the FileFlex Connector on the NAS outlined in the following steps. For security reasons the code is time limited and will time-out if not used shortly. If the code does time-out, you will need to start again at Step 2.
  7. Activation code for the NAS

  8. Either though remote desktop, VPN into the NAS or through a colleague or administrator that is on the same network as your NETGEAR NAS, sign in to the NETGEAR ReadyNAS software (For more information about setting up a NETGEAR NAS, see the Installation Guide for your model available at the NETGEAR Download Center).
  9. When the NETGEAR ReadyNAS software open, click the Apps tab.
  10. The Installed Apps tab will show the apps installed on the NAS. Click the Launch button for the FileFlex app.
  11. From the Apps tab, click Launch for the FileFlex app

  12. The activation page will now appear that will link the NAS to the remote users’ FileFlex account. Your colleague or administrator will now need to enter the following credentials plus the activation code, then click Activate.

    Username - This is the username of the remote user for the NETGEAR NAS.

    Password - This is the password of the remote user for the NETGEAR NAS.

    Domain (Optional if not part of a domain) - If the NAS is on a company or corporate domain, enter the domain that the NAS belongs to. Leave this blank if unsure or contact the IT department for the domain name.

    Activation Code - This is the code that was generated in Step 7. Enter that code here.
  13. Enter your NAS Username, Password and Activation Code from Step 7

Congratulations - You have connected a remote user to the NETGEAR NAS. That user can now remotely access any of the storage that is stored on the NAS. To do so, using FileFlex, open the NETGEAR repository just created, navigate to the files and folders to access, then save it to the Favorites directory for easy future access.

You should continue connecting FileFlex to all your repositories by selecting Add More. If finished, click Done.