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2MB/s wireless seems kind of worse then the one I posted...

In any case, if someone can give me a reason to go with a server over a NAS, please speak up. Otherwise I'll either be getting a router with USB ports or a NAS from links posted above.
The only reason to go with a dedicated file server over nas is expand ability. You're limited in drive space with nas, but the server can hold a dozen drives easy. My server is holding almost 9 terabyte of blurays and music.
    
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A little off topic, but how much more power draw would folding cause on such a server? And would it cause lag in video playback and such? I only ask cause I wouldn't mind having a small little machine folding 24/7. I guess the power draw question would be for a different section, no?
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The options I've found that work best for this are:

1) Have a local drive on your PC that is shared with the network. Don't turn off your PC.
2) Make a file server (you mentioned this is not ideal, so we'll skip it)
3) Buy a NAS. This works well but is a tad pricey. Most dual drive NASs support RAID.
4) Buy a simple external hard drive and connect it to a router with a USB port, essentially a USB NAS. Often this is cheapest as you can get a router with a USB port pretty cheap it you look around.

You'd have to decide which option works best for you. Easiest and maintenance free, the best option is probably purchasing a NAS. Cheapest is a shared local drive as all you need to buy is the thread. Best combo of the two, the USB external drive connected to the router.

This is assuming that speed isn't the main issue. For pure speed, a NAS is probably the best option.
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I file server may be ideal, but it really depends on how much power it draws.
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Build a box with power efficient components. You should be able to have a system < 100w.
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Well, what kind of power bill increase do you guys who have servers see?
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ive seen some m-itx builds with really low power draw..

this springs to mind
http://www.overclock.net/15207569-post128.html
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The power usage of a server depends entirely on the components chosen. If you really are concerned about power get a router with a USB port that allows a HDD to be attached. My Netgear WNDR3700 did this perfectly until I gave in and built a NAS/HTPC.
 
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Well, what kind of power bill increase do you guys who have servers see?
Im using a Synolgy NAS and havernt noticed any diffence in my power bills for the 4 months i have ran it 24/7. rated at •Power Consumption : 31W(Access); 17W(HDD Hibernation)
i probably dont notice a difference as we run our A/C units for various lengths of time...

as to scalibilty, alot NAS devices can allow you to scale with expansion bays for instance you will see on this page my NAS is scalable upto 14TB..

http://www.synology.com/us/products/ds710+/index.php

After think about this, a quality NAS server can be rather expensive, mines a 2 bay and at the time of purchase was $500 not including HDDs.

would as someone mentioned, a USB external HDD connected to a router with a USB port would be a cheaper option... or companies like Synology offer cheaper models too as in my previous post
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