Do you need your own NAS Device?
The answer is “Yes” however I need to go more into detail on why you need it and what it can do. First I need to explain what a NAS device is. Networked Attached Storage or NAS is a device that sits inside your network and allows you to place your files on them so you can retrieve them multiple ways. For example, Dropbox is kind of like a NAS device. You can put your files in a folder inside Dropbox. You then can move things around, copy, edit, send and share all from your computer, phone, tablet and even logging into the Dropbox website if you need to use someone else’s computer. The downside to Dropbox is space limitations.
The free version will get you 2GB of space and you can get more by simply sending your ‘link’ to a friend and they sign up for it. Bam you both get a few extra MB’s for doing it. Over time that space can really add up and you will be at an incredible 20GB of space! However as your space grows so does your phone and tablet usage. Then it happens… you are over your limit. Your choices are to either delete files or pay to upgrade to a premiere account.
A NAS is so much more than Dropbox, however I wanted to get your mind thinking about how you may already use cloud storage. Now think about all your data in Dropbox on someone else’s server. Who has access? Will they get breached? Now to be 100% fair everything in the world that uses any internet could get hacked or breached. I am only using the name Dropbox because it is so widely used.
With your own NAS you control where your device sits. You control who has access and what kind of access. You control every aspect of your NAS. This translates into less of a chance of getting breached. You can do so many things with a NAS device in addition to file storage like with Dropbox such as:
- Run your own personal cloud (and say goodbye to letting Dropbox have your data!)
- Share your music as a standalone iTunes server
- Stream your music, videos, and pictures to your computers and smartphones – even when you're not at home!
- Run a PLEX Media server
- Backup your NAS data to a cloud service like CrashPlan or Amazon's Glacier
- Run a MineCraft server
- Replace Evernote
- With 3rd party purchased software you can access your share drives as a network drive outside your network (via internet connection)
- Replacing your computer does not affect data on the NAS device
- Grant remote folder via web URL for family, friends, and clients.
So how much does it cost? Based on your planned use of the NAS, I offer 2 machines with 3 drive options
*The prices above include basic installation into an existing network location (power and network jack is available)
**RAID 1 requires 2 drives. It writes identical data to both hard drives simultaneously providing data redundancy building in protection. If a single hard drive should fail, your data is still safe.