Originally Posted by vett93
I was searching for a NAS myself a few weeks ago and even had narrowed down to Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 2+ and Synology DS212. I posted on CNET and requested for opinions. Then a guy convinced me that using Windows would do the job. My thought is as follows:
1. It seems to me that all these NAS devices are not plug and play. One has to spend hours to figure out how to run them correctly anyway.
2. All my CDs have been ripped to HDs and my PC runs Logitech Media Server software. I have a Logitech Transporter and a SqueezeBox 3 for streaming music. The PC, HDs, and monitors consume less than 5 watts of AC total when the PC is in standby/sleep mode. As soon as I turn on the Transporter or SB3, it will wake up the PC to serve media streams.
3. I use another hard drive to sync with the HD storing media files. I believe this provides similar amount of protection as a NAS with raid 1 configuration. Unless I want to get a NAS with rad 5 configuration, my setup is just as good.
My project is not complete yet though. I still need to figure out how to wake up the PC remotely from laptops, streaming media player, etc. The wake up function only works for the Logitech applications so far.
That's pretty good. I would like to use a set up similar like yours, but my wife and kids use my computer all the time, and a few times they made it crash, and I had a hard time getting everything back.
So, I decided to use the unRaid for expanding my set up and ease of use. Furthermore, I don't need to be next to it to work on it, I can access it over the internet to make change, and I can even use it as my own cloud...I'm still doing research on how to accomplish this
Anyway, there are a lot of options out there to accomplish what you want, and everyone is going to have a different opinion as to what is best or worst. In my opinion it is best to get something that has a lot of support either by phone or online forums because it sucks to having something not work, and you have got no idea how to fix it or trouble shoot it.