Found 12th Nov 2009
Are there any benefits of having a Home Server over a Half decent 2-bay NAS?

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A home server will be able to do more things. A lot more infact if the nas is just a nas.

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deathtrap3000;6873874

A home server will be able to do more things. A lot more infact if the … A home server will be able to do more things. A lot more infact if the nas is just a nas.



Yea i guessed that, but like what.. A lot of decent NAS nowadays can do FTP servers, Itunes, Bittorrent etc. What sort of things would a home server offer me? im curious as im looking into both...

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bump it :P

Well you can host a home web site [if you like]

My home server [mini itx box] runs my web site + mail server.

Also i use it to play media files.. on my TV. {this most NAS boxes wont do}

You can use some boxes as HTPC .. with a TV tuner etc..
depends how much you want to break the bank and what you really want to do.

You can also look at home automation if you wish !

Why thing I have noticed with NAS boxes is that the data is held in some "special" format by the NAS box.

If the NAS box fails for some reason and you want to take the hard disk out and rescue the data you cant because it is not in "normal" data format.

I have not used a NAS but have read this on various forums.

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I ask as i am looking to use it with a media device aking to the Popcorn hour and the likes i would have thought, so wanted low power but as much functionality as possible, whilst beeng low poweered enough to be on all the time.

Look at Soekris board doesnt get any lower power than that
soekris.com/

Note: Low power = Low Horse power..

Use a network to talk to pop corn box or what ever u have..

Use you can use the USB to connect your hard drives etc.. {which most media servers probably already support} but then again you have the advantage of adding USB wireless or what ever you like.. !

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se the thing is if i was going server/pc, i would pre than likely go straight down the htpc route and use that as the server with XBMC running aswell, so the board would have to have enough grunt to push h.264 @720 and 1080.

guilbert53;6877091

Why thing I have noticed with NAS boxes is that the data is held in some … Why thing I have noticed with NAS boxes is that the data is held in some "special" format by the NAS box.If the NAS box fails for some reason and you want to take the hard disk out and rescue the data you cant because it is not in "normal" data format.I have not used a NAS but have read this on various forums.



NAS is just a fancy term for storage that is connected to your network. If you plug in a USB hard drive and make it available across the network then that is NAS, there's nothing special about it.

A decent NAS box will do all those things folks have listed above, consume a lot less power than a DIY job and will have a interface specifically designed for NAS tasks. The only real advantage of a dedicated home server is that the price tends to be lower.

As for the not in "normal" data format comments, most NAS's run some form of Linux so use EXT2/3 or similar, the most obscure (well if you think anything other than FAT32/NTFS is odd) format I've seen used is ReiserFS. Ok so you can't just plug that into your Windows7 box and have it work but it by no means is impossible to read, you just need the right software.

Checkout smallnetbuilder.com/nas for reviews and performance comparisons.

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megalomaniac;6878900

A decent NAS box will do all those things folks have listed above, … A decent NAS box will do all those things folks have listed above, consume a lot less power than a DIY job and will have a interface specifically designed for NAS tasks. The only real advantage of a dedicated home server is that the price tends to be lower.As for the not in "normal" data format comments, most NAS's run some form of Linux so use EXT2/3 or similar, the most obscure (well if you think anything other than FAT32/NTFS is odd) format I've seen used is ReiserFS. Ok so you can't just plug that into your Windows7 box and have it work but it by no means is impossible to read, you just need the right software.Checkout http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/nas for reviews and performance comparisons.



anything you would recommend, im not looking to spend more than 100 absolute tops, rather it be around 50, dont mind picking it up second hand and a 2 bay..

You'll not get a two bay for that much. You can get a ZyXEL NSA-220 for about £140, then up from there there's the NETGEAR ReadyNAS, and if you want a really good on there's the Synology DS209 at about £200. But that's before you take into account the HDD's. Beyond that you're into enterprise level stuff.

Jetpac;6899733

anything you would recommend, im not looking to spend more than 100 … anything you would recommend, im not looking to spend more than 100 absolute tops, rather it be around 50, dont mind picking it up second hand and a 2 bay..



Dont think you can find a pop corn box doing 1080p at that cost ! HTPC are out of q!
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