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Datto NAS: Connecting to NAS Shares



This article describes the different methods used to connect to a NAS share hosted on a Datto device.


  • Datto SIRIS
  • Datto ALTO
  • Datto NAS


You can access the contents of a file share created on a Datto device through the following methods:


Samba is a networking protocol based on SMB/CIFS. All NAS shares created on the Datto will use this automatically by default.

Each share will broadcast on samba via a specific path referencing the Datto's IP address, and the name of the share. To view this pathing, access the Datto's GUI, click File Share, and then click Network Attached Storage. The path will display under Connecting to your share.

Web Access

Additionally, within the share's card, you can click Web File Browser to browse the contents of your share through the Datto's GUI.

Figure 1: Connecting to your share (click for larger image)

Other Share Options

All other protocols can be enabled in the Configure Share Settings page for your share. The following network and file system protocols are available:

Figure 2: Other Share Options (click for larger image)

File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a standard network protocol for transferring files. If this share is private, only the users selected above have access. If the share is public, anyone can access the share anonymously.

Apple Filing Protocol (AFP)

Apple Filing Protocol (AFP) is a proprietary network protocol that offers file services for Mac OS X. Shares can be accessed or used for Time Machine backups.

Apple devices using the Apple File System (APFS) cannot access shares through AFS. Read this article (external link) for more information.

Network File System (NFS)

Network File System (NFS) is a distributed file system protocol. Note that the above user assignment does not pertain to this protocol and anyone on the network can access the share.
Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)

Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)

Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) is a standard protocol for transferring files over a secure connection. SFTP can only be used when the share is private.


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