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Can someone help explain the difference between the 2. I know you can build a server, but do you build or buy a NAS and what does one have to take into conisderation to figure out which one would best fit their needs?
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Can someone help explain the difference between the 2. I know you can build a server, but do you build or buy a NAS and what does one have to take into conisderation to figure out which one would best fit their needs?

I haven't read this thread to know if its any good but here you go: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1232728/htpc-vs-nas-vs-media-server-are-they-all-the-same
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NAS is a purpose built server that functions like a network device or appliance. As such you get compact chassis that are designed for drive removal. The processors are typically lower powered than your general purpose server and may not be well suited for media transcoding. High end NAS have multiple gigabit NIC and LACP. The hardware also tends to be very energy efficient compared to a full server. The software is also focused on storage so NAS offer a very wide variety of RAID, expansion, etc. that is easy to use. Because the NAS is is designed as a network appliance, it means general purpose server task may be far more difficult to implement or not even possible.
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NAS - Generic term for a device that connects to your local network, and provides central 'network attached storage' for your media. Some NAS boxes can do far more than this though.
Server - A device on your LAN that 'serves' data to network clients. This data can be whatever you want in whatever format you need as long as you have clients compatible with the format.

The term NAS has been adopted by many OEM suppliers for the small, low power devices that you just install the disks into and power on. Custom software on the device takes care of the rest, and it is almost a 'set and forget' system once configured.
A 'server' can be anything you want it to be. Your HTPC could act as a server (as well as doing other duties), a NAS can be a server, or a huge homebuilt box with 30TB can be a server but also be a NAS. The terms are almost interchangable.
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