Attache Network Storage (NAS) or network hard drives , a technology that allows you to store your data in a smooth way over your local network or over the Internet. We have looked closely at five NAS devices in different price ranges.
A network drive, or NAS, which it then called in specialist terminology, is essentially an external hard drive that can connect directly to your network instead of through a computer . Do you have a network with several computers connected, there is good reason to invest in a network drive in front of an ordinary USB-connected external.
The main advantage is that you can access the hard disk from your computer. This makes it ideal for sharing files, but also to manage backup. By running the backup utility on your computer, which backs up to your network drive, you get a good solution.
What you should think about whether you'll be using your NAS for backup, is that you should go for a drive that has at least two hard drives that can be mirrored to each other. This means that the stored data is on both disks. Should a break, you need only replace the disk without the risk of getting rid of your backup. Two hard drives that mirror each other is called RAID 1. Do you use more disks usually run RAID 5. RAID is a way to connect the disks to each other.
Many network hard drives also offer many other features. It can be FTP and Web server, BitTorrent handler, WiFi, print and so on. You may want to keep in mind for you, such as people want to access your files from work.
Indicative Price: 625 kr
NetGear SC01 is a cheap NAS device in its basic design is not equipped with a built-in hard drive.
QNAP TS-109 Pro Turbo Station
Indicative price: 1995 kr
QNAP is also a NAS device that comes without any accompanying built-in hard drive. Here is the price tag set higher and the performance is then. The device includes an embedded DHCP server and it is also possible to connect a printer or other USB devices to the sharing over the network. The unit is equipped with Gigabit LAN connection and files on the disk is easy to access and manage via a Web interface.
Lacie Ethernet Big Disk 1TB
Indicative price: 2150 kr
As the name of this device suggests, this NAS device equipped with a built-in hard drive 1 TB and it is also possible to connect an additional disk. Network connection speed is 1 Gb / s and it is also possible to connect USB devices to it. Lacie Ethernet Big Disk is an affordable option if you need a cheap network storage device and have no need of a lot of extra features.
Indicative price: 1750 kr
Also this device is in its basic design only an empty shell where you can then at will and the wallet can fit up to two hard drives. The low price for even provides D-Link DNS-323 both a built-in FTP / HTTP server, DHCP server, support for iTunes, the ability to share printers, and more. The configuration of the device is via an easily understandable web interface. The network connection is Gigabit LAN, and it is possible to mirror the drives you mount into the drive for added security.
HP MediaSmart Server EX475 1TB
Cirkarpris: 5500 kr
If you want to bet on a hefty home server with plenty of space so is the HP MediaSmart an entity to take a closer look at. The unit, which is based on Windows Home Server, is equipped with no fewer than four slots for hard drives, one of which is occupied by delivery. In addition to three USB ports, so is MediaSmart Server also comes with an e-sata port on the back, allowing the expansion possibilities are very good. The server is designed to stream media files to compatible viewer, such as the Xbox 360.