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Advice on buying a NAS (Network Attached Storage)

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I have 3 PCs and one laptop in my house (for the whole family) all connected via a router. I also have an inkjet printer (plugged into one PC) and a network ready laser plugged into the router. Li… Read More
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8y, 1w agoPosted 8 years, 1 week ago
I have 3 PCs and one laptop in my house (for the whole family) all connected via a router. I also have an inkjet printer (plugged into one PC) and a network ready laser plugged into the router.

Like many people I have a USB connected hard drive, but I still find myself moving files around a lot from one PC to another for various reasons (for backup, to help the family look at digital pictures or listen to music etc).

I am considering a NAS device, but unsure exactly what to look for in a NAS and what features are important and which aren't.

I see some say they can work with bit torrent clients or itunes, but how does that work exactly?

I will probably want to use it for media streaming (probably mostly music) plus as a backup storage device.

My son has a PS3 if that is important (but not yet network or internet connected).

Does a NAS usually have a user interface (web based?), and if so what features are available on it?

Anyone offer advice, or point me to an idiots guide to NAS?
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8y, 1w agoPosted 8 years, 1 week ago
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#1
If you have an old PC kicking around check out FreeNAS.
#2
Streaming - look for DLNA and decent UPnP implementation in router

Buffalo linkstation live 1tb is decent but although it has gigalan it's a waste. as only 10/100 speeds

I have the modern looking linkstation and the older one, works same just looks wise not as nice --- Imo

Modern http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/5212/1mine.jpg

older http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/6397/linkstationlive2.jpg

http://www.***********/product/152027

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000N9508K/300001816-21/?m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

http://www.***********/product/152055

ebuyer links are being blocked now I see
#3
The newer linkstation live has timer and standby features which the older model doesn't have.
#4
defeats purpose of having one of these with timer and standby :p
#5
lol, not really you can use the timer so that it switches itself off when you're asleep and then turns itself on in the mornting.

I have the older model and don't like the drive constantly spinning.
#6
unknownuser
lol, not really you can use the timer so that it switches itself off when you're asleep and then turns itself on in the mornting.

I have the older model and don't like the drive constantly spinning.


yeah I have both and the new one's timer settings suck make no sense and do not work..unit is still on 1.01 firmware well it has been since I bought it. I updated to 1.07 a few minutes ago to fix bit torrent issue maybe that also fixed the timer/ and gave a standby option.

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