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In Reply to: RE: Further thoughts on RPi player posted by E-Stat on March 09, 2017 at 15:52:50
Looking forward to your review.... Since you now know that the Rpi is a very simple unit to configure, keep an open mind about a NAS.....
My NAS has made my computer systems much simpler... Far easier than sharing files via Windows...If it was 'More Complex', I wouldn't do it...Period!
.Don't get hung up on the RAID... Yes, I know it is not a substitute for a good Backup Regimen, as I have those also. It is basically an extra 'Free' level of protection and would come in handy in case of a Drive failure (Which by the way is the only reason I have ever had to use my backups. I was also in Information Systems for over 30 years, so I know what I'm talking about.
Over the years I purchased a couple of NAS drives but eventually I just ended up flashing my router with dd-wrt instead. It not only turned my router into a powerhouse but gave it NAS functionality. I just plug my hard drive into the router USB slot, pick a few commands and instant NAS.
Is there any other advantages over a NAS or is it just about saving some $$$$.... I like the software that comes with the Synology NAS.... Backup, etc.....
Can you access your Router remotely? (I am in the Bahamas for the winter and access my NAS on a Daily Basis.
the claim about saving money.
The 2 TB drive in my server cost all of $70 and parts of it (by design) are accessible remotely though I rarely have need to do so. When traveling, I'm usually focused on other things. Meanwhile, my iOS devices provide plenty of music and video.
Help me understand where the savings exist.
Yep, I can access my router from anywhere.
And other than saving $$$ dd-wrt has a plethora of other tweaks, functions etc.
Can't say I've found something most other router software won't do....BUT, I can say that ever since I started using it I've had zero problems with connections, speed, or access. All problems that I intermittently had before.
Also I like the UI and having the ability to tweak anything from the processor speed [overclocking], to antenna's being used, to using it as a VPN or just about anything else. Not that I use any of it...mostly just liking its stability and NAS capabilities.
Far easier than sharing files via Windows...If it was 'More Complex', I wouldn't do it...Period!
I use my desktop system on a daily basis. And I like the fact that access to data is not dependent upon network uptime. That's where all my data lives. Setting up a NAS, regardless of cost would be a separate and unnecessary redundancy for me. Why bother? One computer system for the home is just fine. Yes, both wifey and I have work laptops, but those can already access the central server when necessary. The OS is SSD based with the need for only one data disk spinning. With spares on the shelf for both should either fail.
Don't get hung up on the RAID
Certainly not. I abandoned the concept completely after using it for only a short time because it was a waste of resources. Instead, I have six offline drives that are not continually spinning their lives away. That provides plenty of redundancy in an environment that simply doesn't change that often - unlike the business systems that I support today where RAID 10 rules.
I've been in IT since 1980. :)
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