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basically i want a NAS to backup files from my desktop, my gf's laptop, and our phones (android). I would also like to use it for streaming music and movies

I've heard mixed things about DLNA when used on a NAS. Is this the route i should go fro steaming media?

and I want to keep the cost as low as possible, should I buy a NAS or build one? I've been looking at a few with cloud backup and such, not sure what the pros and cons to building one verses buying one would be

I was kinda looking at this guy

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822107063



I'm new to this server stuff, I did have an external HDD setup as a NAS via USD to my router at one time, it worked alright for streaming, but when it cam to backing up files it would bring my network to its knees for some reason i never figured out


part of the reason i want to use DLNA is i know my tv will stream it through an app, i'd rather be able to do that then use my xbox or ps3


any advise would be appreciated smile.gif
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I don't think I ever really understood DLNA. My home theater system has it and I have no idea if I've ever used it. It's an LG unit and I always just located my network shares and played movies/music from folders. I don't think that's DLNA, that's just SMB.

My first question to you is, why not build a small server?
    
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I don't think I ever really understood DLNA. My home theater system has it and I have no idea if I've ever used it. It's an LG unit and I always just located my network shares and played movies/music from folders. I don't think that's DLNA, that's just SMB.
My first question to you is, why not build a small server?

idk, should i? would i be better off and come out cheaper?

if i can just buy one and throw a few drives in it then set it up and be done then that would be great. I really dont know anything about servers lol
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heres one thing i dont get, why is RAID so important in a server?

wouldn't the speed of a normal HDD be faster than the network?
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heres one thing i dont get, why is RAID so important in a server?
wouldn't the speed of a normal HDD be faster than the network?

They would use RAID for backup, not speed.
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in servers RAID is good for maintain up time as they use hotswap bays so if a drive fails they can just replace it. that QNAP's will easily do what you want and price isnt too bad. very easy to set up these pre made NAS servers are, just like my synology is as simple as ABC to use.
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post #8 of 18
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heres one thing i dont get, why is RAID so important in a server?
wouldn't the speed of a normal HDD be faster than the network?

They would use RAID for backup, not speed.

So the main advantage of this is so if one drive fails you don't lose any data?
Quote:
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in servers RAID is good for maintain up time as they use hotswap bays so if a drive fails they can just replace it. that QNAP's will easily do what you want and price isnt too bad. very easy to set up these pre made NAS servers are, just like my synology is as simple as ABC to use.

So you don't have to install any os on these? How do they do for streaming?
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They would use RAID for backup, not speed.

*BZZZZZZT* Wrong!

RAID is NOT a backup solution. It prevents downtime. That's it.

A backup solution is either having something written to tape, drive or even a cloud. Most importantly it's off site.
    
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They would use RAID for backup, not speed.

*BZZZZZZT* Wrong!

RAID is NOT a backup solution. It prevents downtime. That's it.

A backup solution is either having something written to tape, drive or even a cloud. Most importantly it's off site.

So your saying raid isn't necessary. Backing everything up to a cloud is a better solution?
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