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post #21 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-15-2019, 04:02 PM
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If you're accessing your NAS from the LAN you don't need ftp. Setup up Samba on freenas for Windows/Linux machines or NFS for Linux only since NFS is faster than Samba. All your files would then be accessible in whatever filemanger you use. Plus any set-top-box or smart tv with Kodi installed would also have access.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Diffident View Post
If you're accessing your NAS from the LAN you don't need ftp. Setup up Samba on freenas for Windows/Linux machines or NFS for Linux only since NFS is faster than Samba. All your files would then be accessible in whatever filemanger you use. Plus any set-top-box or smart tv with Kodi installed would also have access.
Thanks, I have messed around with SMB's and local network drives for my own access - but not to the web. For the web - I found that PLEX makes a nice viewer for me which as you mentioned is much better than FTP for that purpose. However, although PLEX does allow uploading files from devices such as phones... it doesn't let you select individual files which would be the end goal. I could do a work around where I have a private folder people could upload their entire storage to and I could sort it out but... that would be a bit obnoxious

Some of this is a learning experience for me (that I'm looking forward to) as Linux is just about all but greek to me so I've got a pretty steep learning curve. Also with security in mind, and learning of such things, I'm in the process of trying to learn a bit about SSL/TLS and their functions (trying to comprehensively understand, just not copy paste and cross fingers) which although the concept is fairly simple... it's a bit confusing when trying to set it up / deploy it - but right now I'm looking into Let's Encrypt + Certbot...

I've gotten as far as creation of it's own Jail, updating ports (and understanding what I did there), as well as the extraction (extraction being easier to understand)

Please excuse how green I am - if such things are frustrating to you more experienced users I'm trying to be as sufficient as possible without having to have someone hold my hand through the entire processes lol...

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I cant recall what youtube channel it was but one of the major ones did a video a little while ago about how NAS servers from say Synology are great untill they break and they become a massive pain in the butt to repair since they use custom parts

Think it was gaming nexus that made the video but when i looked i could not find it so i could be wrong about who made the video
I have been looking at NAS severs many times myself and i always come back to but i could just use my PC or build a PC and use it as a NAS sever
A bit of a late quote, but yeah. He and his distributor used synology nas's and both had power supply failures. GN circumvented it by using a regular atx power supply, but that kind of defeats the purpose of a self-contained nas. To make matters worse, GN recommended his distributor a synology nas and shortly afterwards his failed. A couple months after that, his distributor's unit failed. Kinda sad.

Apparently, it's a common issue with those particular units. Newer or different models might not have that issue, but its when things like this happen that make building your own nas so encouraging. No proprietary hardware and you can configure it exactly to your specifications. It might not be as user friendly and you'll have to make time to set things up, but if you have the expertise to do all of that it's a no brainer, imo. Good luck with the build, blucube. I'd give some advice, but I'm a DAS kinda guy

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A bit of a late quote, but yeah. He and his distributor used synology nas's and both had power supply failures. GN circumvented it by using a regular atx power supply, but that kind of defeats the purpose of a self-contained nas. To make matters worse, GN recommended his distributor a synology nas and shortly afterwards his failed. A couple months after that, his distributor's unit failed. Kinda sad.

Apparently, it's a common issue with those particular units. Newer or different models might not have that issue, but its when things like this happen that make building your own nas so encouraging. No proprietary hardware and you can configure it exactly to your specifications. It might not be as user friendly and you'll have to make time to set things up, but if you have the expertise to do all of that it's a no brainer, imo. Good luck with the build, blucube. I'd give some advice, but I'm a DAS kinda guy
Lol, thanks! Yes... I feel like the build route was the right decision for me, even if it may not be as "streamlined" as your next option. Though it checks all of the marks thus far...

The one thing I'm curious about is if there is a way to host an Internet Radio service via FreeNAS. Earlier in the thread I think I misunderstood, speaking about shoutcast etc, when it came to Subsonic. Seems like a great little music streamer which I may look into over PLEX (what I'm currently using to stream my own songs)... but as far as Hosting a radio station is concerned - that is what I'll be looking into. I've done just a small amount of google searching and nothing has caught my attention just as of yet. Previously I on my Windows Desktop I used a combination of IceCast, Winamp w/ a EDCast plugin. Though if I could some how accomplish this via the FreeNAS server that would be so much more ideal! I'm guessing it's going to be along the lines of creating a web accessible jail and loading IceCast2 etc etc...

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I am late to the discussion but I would have recommended using a regular Linus distro and using SnapRAID over FreeNAS instead as it's far more flexible than FreeNAS and you can just use any Linux distro, whether it's Ubuntu Server or Manjaro (not recommended but possible).

I use Mint on my server and it works beautifully, despite being a desktop distro.

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Thanks. Something like this will give me something to chew on.

Not to say I don't thank everyone else! There has been some good options here - as much as there are online solutions available the point in case here I guess is... I know lol Perhaps I messed up by stating WHAT I wanted to use a NAS server for vs. just NAS server options... build.. prebuilt etc. HOW I want to use it once the hardware/options have been researched - I can work all of that out from there.

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Although I know my pursuit of this may make many faceplams happen but... just tinkering around with brand new build options for a project/NAS build (I do have old PC parts laying around, but I'm kinda itching for something shiny... that new PC smell and what not):

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It REALLY doesn't need to be super performance oriented but... shopping prices etc. and the potential that maybe one day I'll find performance benefits... Please don't feel I'm ignoring suggestions... I hear you all - just haven't changed the direction that I'm sailing this ship just yet...
For the hardware you can consider this "combo" Mobo + Cpu and to pair with cheap ddr3 1333 ram module.
https://www.amazon.it/Biostar-A68N-5...1JPGQQFZD1N3SD

It packs all the horsepower you need for a NAS, and something more at a very low price.
When my NAS will die, (an old reliable Dell laptop from 2006 running XigmaNAS https://www.xigmanas.com/) i'll consider a build with that mobo and a very little itx case like a silverstone sugo, or THIS https://www.amazon.it/GOLDEN-FIELD-N...E41PM4F27C69MX

Anyway, the node 304 is a great case! My gaming pc is built around it as you can see in my sig, but for the NAS i'm looking for something SMALLER
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I am late to the discussion but I would have recommended using a regular Linus distro and using SnapRAID over FreeNAS instead as it's far more flexible than FreeNAS and you can just use any Linux distro, whether it's Ubuntu Server or Manjaro (not recommended but possible).

I use Mint on my server and it works beautifully, despite being a desktop distro.
Indeed. For non changing data snapraid is flawless. I use it in combination with MergerFS on my server for media storage. Haven't heard a peep out of it yet. Very flexible and easy to upgrade / add to. Do a few scripts to keep an eye on your storage capacity, scrub on cron and away you go.

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