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Old 07-02-2011, 10:10 AM   #1
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NAS suggestions?

I'm in need of a decent NAS box that can do both Ethernet and USB at the same time.

Scenario:

At the moment I have a 1TB drive plugged into the TV via USB. This contains music, films etc.

Everytime I want to transfer, its a case of lugging it to the PC or laptop to do it.

I'd like to have a NAS sitting there plugged into the TV via USB, but also connected via Ethernet so that I can transfer over LAN.

Any suggestions?

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Old 07-02-2011, 03:11 PM   #2
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Re: NAS suggestions?

Im a big fan of the Buffalo NAS's, very solid solutions and very well priced to imo. The Linkstation range are their most popular for home and small business.

Theres a decent bunch of them available through scan : http://www.scan.co.uk/search.aspx?q=buffalo
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Old 07-02-2011, 05:48 PM   #3
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Re: NAS suggestions?

But can they do USB and Ethernet at the same time?
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Old 07-02-2011, 06:00 PM   #4
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Re: NAS suggestions?

They all support both Ethernet and USB connectivity, never used one in the setup your attempting but I would expect them to handle it. A quick email to buffalo would certainly clear it up.
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Re: NAS suggestions?

I use a dlink dns-323 with 2 x 2tb wd green drives.

It has all the standard nas stuff (itunes, ftp, btorrent, so on..) and also has a usb port at the back (never used that)

It has a temp controlled fan in the back also

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Specifications
Specifications
Standards • IEEE 802.3 10 Base-T Ethernet
• IEEE 802.3u 100Base-TX Fast Ethernet
• IEEE 802.3ab 1000Base-T Gigabit

Support Hard Drive Type • SATA*
• 3.5” Internal

Ports • 1 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Port
• Jumbo Frame support up to 9000 Bytes**
• 1 USB Print Server Port
• Power

Drive Management • Four Different Hard Drive Configurations
• Drive Status with Email alerts
• Drive Quotas
• Power Management

Device Management • Internet Explorer v6 or other Java-enabled browsers

LEDs • Power
• LAN
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• HDD 2

Certifications • FCC Class B
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Re: NAS suggestions?

USB ports on NAS devices are generally used for backup so wont work as you want.
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Well that as well.
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Re: NAS suggestions?

Just to note, Rasher has a Buffalo system, not sure which one, but he may be able to add more.
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Re: NAS suggestions?

yep, after a major hard disk failure last year i wanted some form of major back up system.
Having tapes/etc backing up daily wasn't good enough

I wanted a raid system, but i didn't want the raid system inside my PC (due to the fact i move my PC a lot (LANs and back) and also means i can remove it when we go on holiday or away for the weekend (fire or theft)

I have the same "My Documents" folder since they introduced it in Windows 95, So its approx 100 gig in size.

I use a Buffalo system (looks like this)


I use the USB one, not the CAT5 (this is due to way i like the security on it)

All PCs in our house My Documents folder have a link to this device (all with their own folders) with automatic back up working for them.

I am planning on getting a networked system later this year, but will be using it as well at the USB one.

Cant rate the Buffalo systems high enough, they have do the job they say and they give me a massive piece of mind that my data is secure.

Just to add, its the 500 gig x2 drives i have in mine.

So, my advise, yeah grab a Buffalo system, USB or CAT5 is down to your needs (or both)
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Re: NAS suggestions?

Fired off an email to Buffalo pre-sales. See what comes back!

Be gutted if there is NOTHING out there that can support both USB and ethernet at the same time!
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We dont call there higher end units terriblestations for nothing...
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Re: NAS suggestions?

Readynas all the time for me. Great devices and can be expanded by plugins:

http://www.readynas.com/?page_id=5029

Takes usb hard drives.
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Aye, Run a Readynas RND4000 at home
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I use the USB one, not the CAT5 (this is due to the porn on it)
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