I'm hoping to build a NAS for my home network that I could also acess from outside the home. From what I have seen synology makes greate little nas enclosures with good operating systems. Looking at putting a 4TB hard drive, maybe two of them mirrored and but all my media and work/school files onto it and acess it hopefully form outside of home aswell.
Any suggestions as far as hard drives and enclosures? This is my first time doing this.
Like most things relating to hardware the price you are willing to pay will determine the quality etc.
The QNAP TS-420 4-bay turbo looks good. Sory no links as im not sure what suppliers you prefer. Thats about $500AUD where I live (which is australia).
i would just use an old desktop, something that supports atleast a few sata drives, or put a sata expansion card in
Using an old desktop is a good idea however setting up NAS to be easily accessible outside of home will be a bit trickier. It depends on how complicated you want to get. FYI NAS devices dont usually come with HDDs.
Agree with above, either converting a old PC or building one from scratch is much more cost effective.
I have 2 on my network, both were built from scratch and shoved into old PC cases. I just got the cheapest motherboard with 6 SATA ports I could find. Added to that a 1 GB stick of memory, a cheap AMD cpu which I underclocked and undervolted to keep the heat/power/cooling requirements down and added drives as I filled them. You can use something like FreeNas on it but I just went for Windows. I have it setup to wake up when needed then go back to sleep when not in use to save on power, works like a charm.
As for accessing it from outside your home network, just setup a secure FTP server on it and configure you router/firewall, no issues there.
Sorry, my budget is around 400-600$ (CAD, same as USD really... :P)
i basically use NCIX (canada) They are 1 day away shipping and I have never had a problem with them.
I dont have any old computer laying around so that idea is somewhat out of the question. Also I donly really need more then 1-2 bays. 4+ would be over kill since this is mosly for media and smaller documents.
For an HDD, I was looking at Western Digital REDs:
As for netowrk bays, these two from synology look pretty good.
or a dlink on the lower end
The synology ones apparently have built in webstations which is neat, i didnt know this would even be an option. As far as drives go are the WD reds my only choice for a 24/7 HDD in the ~200$ price range? Its odd how your read/write speads are limited to sub 200MB/s speeds : / Hardware limitations?
I have installed a few Sysnology systems for businesses and it's the one thing I never have to revisit so I would recommend on personal experience. The OS/Apps are great also.
and yes WD reds HDD defo
Thanks for the reassurance. I'll build something neat :)