Looking for a NAS w/ usb/firewire

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by derekjd, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. derekjd macrumors member

    Dec 20, 2006
    Wondering if anyone has seen a device like this (I don't need a router I already have a Buffalo Air Station with DD-WRT on it).

    Device needs:
    1-2 internal drive bays
    usb/firewire port for adding additional storage
    at least 10/100
    multiuser access (simultaneously)

    Extras I'd like:
    Gigabit connection
    FTP capabilities for external use
    Raid abilities

    Now I'm trying to find something cost efficient since this device mainly will store MP3s, movies and TV shows for three local users. I would like the ability to add additional storage for system backup abilities across the network. I figure the device will have almost a TB of data I don't want something thats going to be slow as sin either (a.k.a Belkin device)...

    Any help on this would be appreciated, been looking for quite a while.....

  2. errol macrumors 6502


    Jan 11, 2008

    Have you considered a USB 2.0 Hardware RAID 0/1 setup that would plug into airport extreme, and would show up as an AirDisk?

    I know usb 2.0 < Gigabit, but it's theoritcally faster than 100mbps
  3. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    I use a Dual Processor PowerMac G4 with gigabit ethernet. Much better deal and more expandable than anything labeled as a NAS.
  4. prostuff1 macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2005
    Don't step into the kawoosh...

    Have you considered just building a server type machine??

    This is commonly done in the HTPC world and it usually ends up being a much better choice in the long run. A home built server can be put together for very little money and expanded a great deal later down the line when the need arises.

    I am considering doing this myself so that I have access to all my stuff from both my HTPC and my Mac.

    I would head over to AVS forum and do a search for "server" or something of the like. Building a decent server really does not cost a lot up front because cheaper components can usually be used. YOu can usually put together a good server for $500 or under that is considerably more expandable then a prebuilt NAS. For an OS i would check out unRAID. It is free to use for 3 drive but after that you de need to pay for it.

    Hope that helps

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