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Considering NAS Solution

Firstly, I just started looking into NAS - Never considered it before the last week or so. As of late, I've been getting into more remote management techniques for my primary home network / desktop. Problem is - my primary Desktop is my performance machine that is OC'd etc. and in order to use it as a server etc. is starting to bug me a bit.

So that's reason #1 - #2 is... I recently had twins, and the mother and her family are completely obsessed with pictures and videos and the like. Like, ridiculous amounts. However, they always want ways to share and access said content... and of course are worried about the loss of said content being mostly on cell phones etc.

So, not only for storage... backup etc... but I was kind of hoping that with NAS that there would be some user friendly options I could configure with the help of NAS to allow her, her family and myself to basically be able to access pictures / videos from anywhere - as well upload/backup pictures and videos any time, any where there is a data connection present.

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Is NAS right for me? I like messing around with tech stuff... period... so that in it's self makes me interested. However, I wanted to see if NAS would be a good solution considering the above. If so - is prebuilt or custom built my best options? If prebuilt, do you have suggestions? If custom built... do you have suggestions? I guess a big thing is for her and her family - I'm sure I can make a solution I can figure out how to use but I was hoping that there is software etc. that would make it a little more plug in play to use/access from PC's or even better... mobile devices...

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A NAS is exactly what you want. One easily accessible centralized storage solution for backing up and sharing all those photos, and whatever else you'd like. You can mount it as a folder on your various systems to make usage totally seamless to any of the less technically inclined users in the family. I'd opt for a solution with physical redundancy, such as RAID 1. As for prebuilt or DIY, that's really going to be up to you to decide.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Zero4549 View Post
A NAS is exactly what you want. One easily accessible centralized storage solution for backing up and sharing all those photos, and whatever else you'd like. You can mount it as a folder on your various systems to make usage totally seamless to any of the less technically inclined users in the family. I'd opt for a solution with physical redundancy, such as RAID 1. As for prebuilt or DIY, that's really going to be up to you to decide.
Thanks! The more I looked into it - the more behind the times I felt... almost a shame I'm just now looking into it. Though - that's why I take to the OC forums. In my experience I can find really well written documentation, reviews etc. on software/hardware - but I like to check with OC's users on such things to make sure that the documentation I read etc. isn't out of date only to find that I went the hard way, or expensive way, around achieving results that are now sub par to the newer and more improved. Or, to make sure I don't dive in and invest when there may be an interesting option/technology around the corner that it might be worth waiting for to see if it'll be the better option!

Price is always in the air... just looking on amazon it seemed like most prebuilt were running 200-300 on the lower end... roughly. FreeNAS from what I read is pretty awesome - but just like most DIY, how dependable can I make it for the less technically inclined opposed to running - say - a Synology unit?

I will say my #1 primary goal is the "cloud" Pic/Video "media center" option for the 0 tech IQ people. Although I will have plenty of my own uses for my personal storage / server based activities... perhaps it may be better when thinking about the future to plan 2 different NAS options. One specifically for the Pic/Vid cloud server... and one for my uses that can be a little more tech oriented.

Opinions - thoughts or anything are welcome and very much appreciated! ...and helps with my anxieties ;p

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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

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What you describe a need for is more of an online accessible service = server that can show you pictures and videos.
NAS is nothing more than a PC/server that's "designed/named" to be primarily for storage, often at home, small office and no online access, only LAN.
A shared dropbox etc. that automatically uploads/backsup your devices would be a zero investment solution unless your data volume requires a paid storage plan. Google probably has the same thing with drive and it can host unlimited amount of photos as long as you're fine with compression/quality limits.

Instead of buying some prebuilt NAS I would rather make or get something more reusable and repairable. Or repurpose an old PC.

Getting stuff accessible online is tricky as you often need to pay for a static IP, for nontechnicals also for DNSname so they don't have to use an IP and you have to run some kind of server on your machine, deal with security and so on.

Want more control make your own, want it cheap and easy use file hosting services or social media sites (eh, if you want everything public or close to public or hope it won't go public some day by mistake).
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Quote: Originally Posted by shilka View Post
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
That's a great point

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What you describe a need for is more of an online accessible service = server that can show you pictures and videos.
NAS is nothing more than a PC/server that's "designed/named" to be primarily for storage, often at home, small office and no online access, only LAN.
A shared dropbox etc. that automatically uploads/backsup your devices would be a zero investment solution unless your data volume requires a paid storage plan. Google probably has the same thing with drive and it can host unlimited amount of photos as long as you're fine with compression/quality limits.

Instead of buying some prebuilt NAS I would rather make or get something more reusable and repairable. Or repurpose an old PC.

Getting stuff accessible online is tricky as you often need to pay for a static IP, for nontechnicals also for DNSname so they don't have to use an IP and you have to run some kind of server on your machine, deal with security and so on.

Want more control make your own, want it cheap and easy use file hosting services or social media sites (eh, if you want everything public or close to public or hope it won't go public some day by mistake).
That, is also a good point. However, as you mentioned I personally don't want files to be compressed. I do own my own domains as well as DDNS. A lot of all of which is really unnecessary, just like most of the things that I think could be cool to do with something like a NAS server. I know I'm going the long and hard way around and re-eventing the wheel but... I'm a tech/project dude... I enjoy it, probably my only real hobby these days... Ya know?

So yes, end game was to use my domain and DDNS to somehow establish my own cloud service... Which could be done with my desktop but I don't care to run it 24/7 any longer and although I have WOL, I'd get tired of turning it on and off lol...

Though the software and how accessible and user friendly it could be is probably the biggest concern as I don't see FTPing around working very well... I'm not great at coding otherwise could probably make a pretty cool solution that's probably super easy for people who can code lol...

But yes! It's why I'm researching... To see if it's worth the effort / possible in the ways I think I need 🙂

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Build your own NAS. I'm personally against repurposing older systems to use as a NAS. The NAS is most likely going to be on 24/7 so having the most energy efficient system is key. i3 CPU's are perfect....they're not going to kill your electric bill and they have plenty of power. My NAS is in my sig.

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Have you looked into something like this?

https://www.amazon.com/Cloud-Home-Pe...gateway&sr=8-4

Its not a NAS server but, its a cheap alternative to just back up pics.

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qnap or synology, i choose qnap but i use mine as movie/music server

If your not a data hog like me then an external plugged into netgear router is another option, nighthawk routers
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NAS + Google Drive (or similar)

For what you described, I'd honestly probably just have a Google Drive account.

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