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Network Attached Storage (NAS) On a Home Network
Author: Grayson Evans
It's simple; if you're installing a data network as part of your custom install, then you should be installing a NAS device as part of that network.


NAS is a data network attached dedicated file server accessible by any computer (and many media clients) attached to the same network. Configuration and control is by web browser communicating with a web server in the NAS. The OS, disk management, and file server software are embedded so the device operates as a network appliance. Turn it on and it's up and running in a few seconds.

NAS can be used to keep common family files such as photos, music, and video in one place, accessible by everyone, as well as a secure place to backup all the family computers. It can also be used as a music/video server with a client device at the display device.

NAS units are commonly configured with 2 to 4 SATA drives, usually 500G each, but newer units can be configured with 1TB drives (for a total of 4 TB of storage). Some NAS software allows mixing drive sizes. The total storage available to the network depends on how the drives are configured and used by the NAS OS, usually in a RAID configuration (see below). Connection to the NAS from computers on the network is done through the computer OS as though the drive was attached as an external storage device.

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