Thoughts on wireless drive or NAS? ...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cmeisenzahl, Jul 30, 2017.

  1. cmeisenzahl macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2005
    I've been thinking about how nice it would be to have a large drive in the house, that would allow several of the machines in our house to backup with TimeMachine or similar. Our Mac Mini is backed up to an external USB drive via TimeMachine. My MBP goes to TimeMachine with a small USB external drive I sometime remember to plug in.

    What do you guys use for a NAS that I could use over Wifi?

    I was looking at these.

    If it had more capacity:
    Corsair Voyager Air 1TB Wireless Mobile Storage With Ethernet (NAS), iOS and Android

    Or these? Though the latter gets a bit pricey.

    WD 4TB My Cloud Personal Network Attached Storage - NAS - WDBCTL0040HWT-NESN

    WD 4TB My Cloud EX2 Ultra Network Attached Storage - NAS - WDBVBZ0040JCH-NESN

    Other thoughts? Thanks in advance,
  2. jerryk macrumors 601

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    If you are going to use Wifi, make sure it is 5G for best performance. 2G limits you 100 mbps or so.

    FWIW, I use a ReadyNAS to backup all my systems, and store movies, photo, and other files. It has 6 drive bays, and with Raid 10 I can get around 16 TB of space.
  3. AFEPPL macrumors 68030


    Sep 30, 2014
    I use two synology devices with 16TB, one as primary and on as a second with automated replication.
    All devices are connected over CAT6 with a 10GBe backbone to each of the bedrooms, media room, living room and family room. 1GBe connections then in each of the end points for local distribution. I'm running 6 ATVs, 3 xboxs, TVs, amps, 4K Bluray players etc and the iTunes media library is sitting on a windows PC. As a rule all static devices are wired, only laptops and iPads/phones run wirelessly for both performance and security reasons. Security cameras go into the secondary from a separate PoE setup.

    Performance is pretty damn good, but you'll never beat local connections if that's the goal
    However I have never found the setup wanting. I also use a dedicated apple TM for backups of the rMBP and macs.
    As a NAS device the TM sucks, but works fine for backups.

    Depends what you want to do...

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