Both solutions samba and nfs.server do not offer security though encryption and are thus only suited for use in a closed intranet. If you need to remotely access files over the internet, it is better to use an encrypted solution. Whilst not offering as strong an encryption as a VPN, it is quite easy to set up. In this recipe you will be shown how to set up and configure a sshfs instead of using OpenVPN or setting up a encrypted tunnel. sshfs is based on SFTP so you need to install sftp support on the server.
There is nothing more to be done on the server. Now you can mount your sshfs by executing:
sshfs [user@]host:[dir] mountpoint
If you did not install the package to the standard destination (e.g. using opkg -d ram), you need to specify the sftp executable in your sshfs command:
sshfs [user@]host:[dir] mountpoint -o sftp_server=/tmp/usr/libexec/sftp-server
The more convenient way would be to link the binary to the default destination, so execute on your OpenWrt:
mkdir -p /usr/libexec ln -s /tmp/usr/libexec/sftp-server /usr/libexec/sftp-server